April is set to be a month packed full of sporting action, all of which you can keep up with at Wincomparator. In this month’s blog, we look forward to two of the most eagerly anticipated sporting events scheduled for April 2019 – the Masters and the Aintree Grand National!
The Masters 2019
All of golf’s heavyweights will travel to Georgia on April 11th to compete in the 83rd annual Masters tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. One of the most highly anticipated competitions in the golfing calendar, the Masters is beloved by fans of the sports because anyone can win it – there’s bound to be plenty of action and surprises over the course of this 4-day competition, and you be there every step of the way with Wincomparator.
There are a lot of familiar names amongst this year’s favourites to don the famed green jacket. We take a look ahead at the form of some of these early favourites, and the reasons as to why this year could be theirs.
Every year the question arises: will this be the year that Rory wins at Augusta? Well it seems that 2019 might be the year that he is best primed to do it. In the wake of his Players Championship win, a competition which is often regarded by fans of the sports as the ‘unofficial 5th major’, McIlroy has showcased a more positive outlook to his role in the golfing spotlight – by not letting the noise get to him and instead focusing more on his own game, the Northern Irishman could play better than he ever has in the first Major of the season. With top 10 finishes in the last 5 editions of this competition, a Masters victory has long been within McIlroy’s grasp only for him to fall at the final hurdle – he has always struggled on Sunday’s. If McIlroy is ever to achieve his career Grand Slam, and join the ranks of only five other players who have previously completed this feat, this year will be his best chance of doing it.
Three consecutive top 10 finishes at Augusta tells us that DJ has always been up there amongst the best at the Masters, but not quite at the top. The American is currently ranked at No.1 in the PGA Tour World Rankings, and while the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Johnson and the Masters might be the ‘stairs incident’, he has always done well at Augusta. With a win at the WGC Mexico Championship already under his belt this season, the American is in the form to lay a serious claim on this year’s Masters title.
When you talk about the top contenders at Augusta, Justin Rose’s name will always be included in the mix. His record speaks for itself – two runners-up finishes, five top-10’s, eleven top-25’s – specifically when you consider that he’s made the top-15 in seven of his last eight starts in Georgia. The Englishman placed 12th in last year’s final rankings, and as the current World No.2 this could easily be the year that he takes home a long-overdue Green Jacket.
15 is the magic number for Tiger, who has long been searching for that elusive 15th Major, and a win in this year’s competition could mark his comeback down as one of the greatest in golfing history. Year on year, the 14-time Major winners’ name will always be found amongst the Masters favourites, as fifteenth Major win has become something of a fairytale ending for Woods. However, he will need to recover from a disappointing performance in last year’s tournament, which left him tied-32nd at +1, in order to have any chance of seeing victory this year.
The World No.5 has yet to achieve at top-15 finish at Augusta, but this could be the year that he breaks this taboo and adds another Major win to his CV. The American has proved that he performs well on his home soil – having won the US PGA in 2017, and then finishing at runner-up in 2018 – so could this be the year that he finally cracks Augusta?
Koepka may have withdrawn from the Masters last year with a wrist injury, but the World No.4 still went on to win the 2018 PGA Tour Player of the year. The American has won a whopping three of the last six Majors that he has competed in, and has achieved a top-15 performance in the last twelve competitions he has started. While his performance at the beginning of the season was affected as a result of a dramatic 22-pound weight loss, it seems that Kopeka will be back on form in time to compete at Augusta, and will be eager to put on the Green Jacket for the first time.
One of the reasons why the Masters is considered to be one of the most exciting competitions in the world of golf is that form can mean absolutely nothing going into Augusta. It is often the case that an outsider will triumph in Georgia, and for this reason we have listed a few of the most promising outsiders for you to consider in your Masters betting.
- Jordan Spieth – has suffered from poor form of late, but won the Masters in 2015
- Bubba Watson – only has two Majors wins, but both came at Augusta (2012 & 2014)
- Sergio Garcia – only Major win came at the Masters in 2017, consistently plays well at Augusta
- Paul Casey – has placed inside the top 15 in the last four Masters competitions
- Phil Mickelson – has donned the Green Jacket a whopping three times (2004, 2006, 2010)
- John Rahm – only his third Masters, but placed fourth in 2018
Some of the other most prominent names for you to consider include Shane Lowry, Francesco Molinari, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson and Martin Kaymer. As we get closer beginning to the 2019 Masters, it can be the case that certain online betting sites will offer odds on the Top-20 finishers, so all of these names would certainly be interesting to consider for such a bet.
Aintree Grand National
One of the most eagerly anticipated events in the world of horse racing, the Aintree Grand National is set to take place on April 6th, and it seems there will be plenty to look forward to. This Steeplechase is the feature race of the three-day festival in Liverpool, and 112 entries have been received to start this year’s race – including 47 Irish Horses.
Last year’s winner Tiger Roll will once again be amongst the favourites to do the double in 2019. This 9-year old Irish Thoroughbred was trained by Gordon Elliott, and was ridden to victory by Davy Russell last year. Some of the other early favourites for this year’s race include Anibale Fly, Rathvinden, Vintage Clouds, and Lake View Lad.
Be sure to get your bets in on April 6th, and tune in at 5.15pm, as this race is sure to have you on the edge of your seat!