It's never too early to start thinking about the 2019 majors, particularly from a betting standpoint.
While the first major of the year is in April, there are majors now in May, June and July. So, we're just three months away from the start of majors season, and it runs for four consecutive months. Now's the time, then, to start thinking about golfers that could be on your radar for potential major bets this year.
The biggest reason to start picking off some of your favorite golfers now to win (or score on an each-way bet) is because odds to win the major championships can change dramatically from the start of the year to when the major is actually played. Where a player begins the season in terms of odds is heavily dependent on their form the last time we saw to end the prior year. That means some players will be priced out of their ordinary range -- and where they could be in April. Sometimes, that's to your benefit.
For example, right now, Jordan Spieth is 9-to-1 (+900) to win the 2019 Masters. When the odds came out for the 2019 Masters, Spieth was closer to +600 or +700. If you think Spieth's poor 2018 showing is a bump in the road rather than part of a disturbing down trend, then you may want to put some money on Spieth to win a fourth major title.
Xander Schauffele just won his fourth PGA Tour event, finishing atop the Sentry Tournament of Champions leaderboard in Hawaii. He's won three of his four titles against top-tier invitational fields. That could bode well for his chances at the Masters. Right now, he's 33-to-1 (+3300) to breakthrough in Georgia and win a green jacket. If you think that price is outrageous, lock it in now and get some value before Schauffele does something to lower his odds.
Gary Woodland nearly won at Kapalua, but he was bested by Schauffele's course record-tying final round. The second-place finish continues a string of top-10 finishes in the new PGA Tour season for Woodland. The Kansas native could be on the way to the best season of his career, and he's right now sitting as an 80-to-1 semi-longshot to win the Masters. That pricing may make you want to get a little piece of his action before his odds improve with continued good play.
With each of these bets, you'll have the option of picking up each-way odds carrying down to fifth place for one-fourth the win odds. That means if you pick up Gary Woodland now to win, you can also pick him up to finish in the top 5 at 20-to-1.
Right now, there aren't too many players worth fading. The Masters field is set at 80 players at this point, and it's unlikely to creep beyond 90. That means there will be few flukes, and there won't be many players who haven't seen Augusta.
No matter who you're thinking of betting for the 2019 majors, the best betting odds at 888 Sport NJ give you great options and an absolutely legal way to bet on sports in New Jersey.