Golf Tips: Masters 2022 tipster vs trader best bets for 2022 at Augusta

Ben Coley from Sporting Life and Paddy trader Iain McLaughlin lock horns over The Masters 2022.



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Iain: Outright – Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Henley

It’s 10 places this week and I’m moving away from the front end of the market as I think you can pick holes in a few of them for an outright winner. I’m starting off with Matt Fitzpatrick. He started the 2022 season really well and has recorded five top 10 finishes in his last seven starts.


His record is solid is not spectacular. He was 7th in 2016 and missed the cut in his last six visits. But, looking at the forecast, there looks to be plenty of wind for the first 3 days. Matthew Fitzpatrick is one of the best players in the world in those conditions.

My other one is Russell Henley. He has back-to-back 13th placed finishes in the Players Championship and the Arnold Palmer, two of the strongest fields on the PGA Tour. That shows me his game is ready to compete at Augusta.

He hasn’t played here since 2018 but his iron play is so strong and that’s crucial at Augusta National. He’s a better player now compared to four, five years ago and I’d be surprised if he doesn’t go well.

Ben: Outright – Justin Thomas, Will Zalatoris

I’ll start off with Justin Thomas. I don’t think anyone will be surprised to see his name in it. I’ve tipped him the last couple of years and he’s done everything to suggest he could be a Masters champion, he’s just not done it for four rounds.

Certainly in the November edition he was the half-way leader. He’s paid his dues, we saw with Hideki Matsuyama last year, and countless times over the years, experience does tend to count for quite a lot here at August National. This will be his 7th start and the putter seems to be warming up.

The other one I like at a bit of a price and playing those 10 places, is Will Zalatoris. I’ve really warmed to him, I was a bit worried about the putter but he was much, much better at the Matchplay.

Runner up on debut last year – Jordan Spieth did that on debut, he turned up the next year and no one saw him! Will Zalatoris is similarly talented, whether he’s got the genius of Spieth we’ll have to wait and see.

Justin Thomas World Golf Championships - Dell Technologies Match Play Austin Country Club March 24, 2021

Iain: Cameron Young (each way), Max Homa (each way)

My first one at a price is Cameron Young. He’s burst onto the scene this year and has real effortless power off the tee. He has a nice, tidy short game as well which you need at Augusta. He was 2nd at Riviera which is a good indicator for Augusta.

We’ve seen debutants play well in the past, most recently Will Zalatoris. I think Young will put up a strong showing and my second one is Max Homa. He’s been in good form in the first 1/4 of 2022 with five top 20 finishes in this last six stroke play events on the PGA Tour.

He’s has two missed cuts in the last few years but I believe he has the overall game to compete in Augusta. Again, I keep going back to that Riviera form which correlates really well with Augusta. Homa won the 2021 Genesis Invitational and was 10th this year. He’s a great each-way bet with the extra places on offer.

Ben: Luke List (each way), Joaquin Niemann (each way)

The biggest one for me at a price this weekend is Luke List. If you follow the PGA Tour regularly you’ll probably have a hard time thinking Luke List can win a green jacket. He’s been around a long time and won for the first time at the Farmers’ where he beat Zalatoris in a playoff. To go from that to being a Major champion is a bit of a stretch but he’s definitely got the game to be right up there.

He lives in Augusta so he knows the course and he’ll have some local support. He’s a massive hitter, the putter is the problem. If we can get the puts to drop he can definitely place.

One a bit shorter, I’ll give you Joaquin Niemann. On the one hand he probably lacks a bit of experience but he won at Riviera which has always been a good guide for Augusta. He’s good friends with Sergio Garcia and they’ll play together before teeing off. He’s definitely got a Major in his arc so hopefully that will be this week.


Iain: First-round leader – Jordan Spieth

It’s not the biggest price but a really solid option, I think, and it’s Jordan Spieth. We all know how much he loves Augusta National and has been first round leader here three times. I don’t think he has the game at the moment to compete for four full days in tough conditions, but I think he’ll get off to a fast start before eventually coming back over the weekend.

Ben: First-round leader – Erik Van Rooyen

Quite often it’s the big names who are the first-round leader but back in 2020 we did have a surprise name up there and it was Dylan Frittelli. He’s not in the field this week but his compatriot Erik Van Rooyen is.

He’s got a really good game for this but I can’t see him doing it for four rounds. so I might just chance him on Thursday. He hits it long and his approach play has been really good recently.

Si Woo Kim

Iain: Top Asian player – Si Woo Kim

My best bet outside the main markets would be Si Woo Kim to be the Top Asian player. He was 13th last week in Texas and has a really solid Masters record. He was 12th last year.

In terms of his main market rivals, Hideki Matsuyama is dealing with a neck injury and Sung-Jae Im’s recent form has been really patchy.

Ben: Top GB and Ireland player – Robert MacIntyre (each way)

There’s loads of side markets I’m interested in but I’ll give you Robert MacIntyre as an each way play in the top Great Britain and Ireland player betting. we all know Rory’s favourite here and I’m not going to talk anyone out of that.

Personally I really like Shane Lowry here this week as well so it’s not necessarily all-guns blazing here but there are definite doubts about the English players. MacIntyre played nicely for three rounds in Texas to warm up for this and played really well on debut last year.

He’s already played well in three majors and I think an each-way play to get Rory beat in that market would be a good one. If you were to ask you for my absolute best I’d probably back up what Iain said about the Si Woo Kim Top Asian Player bet.

Masters Tips

Outright: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Henley, Cameron Young (each way), Max Homa (each way)
First-round leader – Jordan Spieth
Top Asian player – Si Woo Kim

Outright: Justin Thomas, Will Zalatoris, Luke List (each way), Joaquin Niemann (each way)
First-round leader – Erik Van Rooyen
Top GB and Ireland player – Robert MacIntyre (each way)

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