5 Europeans to look out for at The 2019 Masters
It’s that time of year again – Masters week has landed. The Masters is truly one of the greatest global sporting events. There’s nothing else like it and for most golfers, The Masters is to spring what Christmas is to Winter.
As this year’s tournament approaches, there’s every reason to think that a European could emerge triumphant and slip on the famous green jacket come Sunday night. We’ve had a good look at the field and have identified the following 5 European golfers who could make impact at Augusta.
Justin Rose (Odds 12/1)
The current world number 1 consistently shows his class in the big tournaments. Rose’s composure under pressure and familiarity in closing out tournaments against the world’s best will likely mean he’ll be in the mix coming down the stretch on Sunday.
2015 – 2nd 2016 – 10th ; 2017 – 2nd ; 2018 – 12th
Paul Casey (Odds 22/1)
Like Rose, Paul Casey is a big game player and has an envious record at Augusta. Casey is a strong finisher at The Masters and has shot sub 70 in each of the last 4 masters Sundays. 10 of Casey’s last 16 rounds at Augusta have been level par or better.
2015 – 6th ; 2016 – 4th ; 2017 – 6th ; 2018 – 15th
Rory McIlroy (Odds 13/2)
Despite his infamous final round capitulation in 2011, you just can’t write Rory McIlroy off. When he’s on top of his game, there’s nobody in the world that can keep pace with him. In previous years his putter has let him down at Augusta but his recent win at The Players Championship will give him some much needed confidence with the flat stick. This season Rory is number 1 in strokes gained tee to green, which will be vital for him creating scoring opportunities . His length off the tee and high ball flight with his long irons means he can dominate the par 5’s at the Augusta National.
2015 – 4th ; 2016 – 10th; 2017 – 7th ; 2018 – 5th
Lucas Bjerregaard (Odds 100/1)
Our outside tip. Bjerregaard is enjoying his breakout season on the European Tour but is no stranger to winning having won the 2017 Portugal Masters and the Alfred Dunhill Champiosnhip in 2018. Bjerregaard also had an impressive run to the semi finals in the Dell Technologies Matchplay in Austin recently knocking out Tiger Woods in the process. Bjerregaard is in form and has the firepower to take advantage of the par 5s at Augusta and we think he could be a surprise package at this year’s tournament. He might not win but at 100/1 he could be a good shout for an each way bet.
This will be Bjerregaard’s first appearance at The Masters.
Francesco Molinari (Odds 18/1)
Francesco Molinari is a Robot and you cannot ignore him when talking about about Masters contenders. Yes, the long hitters who naturally hit a right to left shot will typically do well around Augusta, but when you factor in Molinari’s form, ball striking, accuracy and consistency then he has to be a contender for the green jacket. He’s not the first player that springs to mind when considering potential Masters champions, but every year an in form short hitter does well. He may not have the length of many other contenders and doesn’t hit the so called ‘Hollywood shots’ that we’ve seen from the likes of Mickelson, Bubba and Tiger, but there’s one attribute that Molinari has to his advantage – consistent accuracy. Europe’s in form player over the last 12 months.
2015 – Did Not Play; 2016 – Did Not Play; 2017 – 3rd ; 2018 – 20th
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