A look ahead to the top candidates for Golf’s Majors in 2015
The 2013/14 golf season is now past, but the 2014/15 golf season is already underway, with markets on the Frys.com Open and Portugal Masters currently available to in-play punters.
For those of you looking for something a bit more long term, and high class, we’ve run the rule over who looks good for a Major win seven months out from Augusta.
US Masters – Adam Scott @ 14/1
Rory McIlroy would be one of the more popular winners if he completes a career Majors Grand Slam in April, but at 4/1 there’s not much profit to be made in the Northern Irishman’s joy.
Scott and Bubba Watson have shared this tournament between them over the past three years, while North Americans and non-North Americans have taken the green jacket alternately since 2009.
With Floridian Watson currently holding the laurels, Australian world number two Scott looks as good a bet as any at this juncture.
US Open – Rickie Fowler
Four Europeans have taken this over the past half-decade, including three Brits, with eight representatives of the rest of the world besting the natives since 2003.
However, after getting as close as any other challenger to winner Martin Kaymer at Pinehurst last season, Chambers Bay could be the scene for Fowler’s breakthrough.
The 25-year-old finished in the top five in each 2014 Major and will be more determined than ever to step out of McIlroy’s shadow next summer.
The Open Championship – Rory McIlroy
Retaining the Claret Jug is nothing out of the ordinary; Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington have both managed as much since 2005.
The last four Opens at St Andrews have been won by massive-hitting trio Louis Oosthuizen, Woods (twice) and John Daly, so McIlroy’s ability to outdrive all around him should see the Northern Irishman home.
European Ryder Cup hero Victor Dubuisson is also worth a look in the market after setting the St Andrews course record in 2012.
US PGA Championship – Martin Kaymer
No home challenger has claimed a US PGA Championship at Wisconsin’s Whistling Straights in two renewals of this Major over the past decade.
In 2010, at said venue, Kaymer took this prize after a playoff with Watson, with Zach Johnson and McIlroy a shot back.
McIlroy has lifted the trophy twice since, including this year, but only Woods can claim to have won back-to-back US PGA titles (twice) since 1937.
With that in mind, if it’s not Watson, it’s Kaymer.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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