We have reached the halfway stage in the first major of 2019 and everything is set up for a wonderful conclusion to The Masters over the last 36 holes of the tournament, beginning with ‘Moving Day’ on Saturday at Augusta National.
Not only is the leaderboard stacked with star quality but it is bunched up like you wouldn’t believe and any one of about 25 golfers will genuinely think they have a chance of coming out on top over the weekend.
Round 2 Recap
At the end of the second round we have an amazing five men tied for the lead on seven under so the lead score has actually only increased by one from the first round. Our pre-tournament pick Brooks Koepka is in that tie along with Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Francesco Molinari and Jason Day. Tiger Woods is in a group of four one shot behind. That group includes Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele. Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm lurk another shot back on five under. Rory McIlroy made the cut on level par but has plenty to do but there will be no weekend golf for Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia or Paul Casey among others.
It was a better day for our match bets with Corey Conners coming in safely enough and Rory McIlroy sharing a win with Rickie Fowler in the second bet so we’ve recovered the annoying losses of the first day and will look to build on that as the weekend progresses in the final two rounds.
There is a third round leader market priced up for Saturday but the fact that it is 11/2 the field shows how wide open it is and you have to be a braver man than me to get involved in it. I must say I’m a little surprised that Adam Scott is 9/1 to lead heading into Sunday. He has played some really nice golf over the first two days and even though he scares the life out of me on the greens that does look a little on the high side but in truth any one of about 15 players could easily lead after Saturday without having to do a huge amount that is special so this very much isn’t a market for me even allowing for the temptation with Scott. I’ll hit the two balls for Saturday’s bets.
Saturday 2 Balls
The time for three balls is at an end in this tournament and it is pairings here on in. The final pair out onto the course are major champions in the form of Francesco Molinari and Jason Day and they head off at 19.45 BST. Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott are the penultimate pair at 19.35. Tiger Woods is out with Ian Poulter in a pairing which will get a lot of attention while the Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen pair should deliver a stack load of high class golf. Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson will be another popular pairing. I’m going with the one bet.
Louis Oosthuizen vs Dustin Johnson
Match tees off at 19.25 BST
Two men who are no strangers to going deep in a major championship and who have got over the line in one go out in the third to last group for this third round when Louis Oosthuizen partners Dustin Johnson onto the golf course with both men very much looking for their second major this weekend.
Oosthuizen has played some really good stuff this week and is tied for the lead going into this ‘Moving Day’. Johnson hasn’t looked quite as fluent but it says everything about his long game these days that even without his best golf he is looming large just one stroke off the lead. He could easily pounce over the weekend although in fairness in the last couple of PGA events when he’s been in this position he has been guilty of not kicking on.
I think Oosthuizen is overpriced for this two ball as a result of that. He only made one bogey in a wonderful round on Friday and that was when he got a bad kick on a slightly fat approach shot to eight. The South African has made 11 birdied this week though and his short game is designed for plenty more as the weekend progresses. I just felt that Johnson stalled on Friday. He only made one birdie apart from the two kick in par 5s on the back nine on Friday so he needs to be more aggressive to stay with the pace on Saturday. At the prices I think Oosthuizen is the one to be on playing the better golf.
Back L.Oosthuizen to beat D.Johnson for a 4/10 stake at 888sport