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  • on 08.04.2014
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2014 US Masters Tips and Preview

Apr8

The first Golf Major of the year gets underway later this week at the stunning Augusta National and the US Masters betting looks as open as ever!

Tiger Woods is a notable absentee but the best of the rest will line up to form a cracking field.

There hasn’t been a European winner since 1999 when Spaniard José María Olazábal took the title, but Rory McIlroy is the current favourite to get his hands on the famous green jacket at 11/1, but we will be looking a little further down the field for some better value in our 2014 Masters preview.

Remember we tipped up Bubba Watson at a huge 55/1 in 2012 and picked out T6th and T8th in last year’s event. Hopefully we can land the winner again this time around!

US MASTERS – KEY POINTERS

Back an outsider
Four of the last seven winners have started the tournament at 100/1 or bigger, so don’t be afraid to look for the value. Of course most punters will pile into McIlrory and Mickelson, but it might be wise to look beyond them given the prices. After all who would have predicted wins for Schwartzel, Immelman or Cabrera in recent years.

Avoid debutants
Barring the first two champions (Horton Smith in 1934 and Gene Sarazen, 1935), Fuzzy Zoeller is the only player to win the Masters on his first appearance. Jason Day’s 276 was the lowest round for a debutant to date, but despite an incredible performance in 2011 he was still two shots of the lead.

Consider the Americans
Americans have won 2 of the last 6 but if you were to go back further in the record books it becomes obvious that they have dominated at Augusta, having won 10 of the last 17 tournaments.

Look beyond big hitters
It is a myth that only big hitters do well at Augusta. Of course long, straight driving is an advantage in any golf tournament but you only have to look at José María Olazábal, Mark O’Meara and recent winners Zach Johnson and Mike Weir; none of which were renowned for their length off the tee.

…but DO focus on good putters
Whilst its difficult to pin-point the exact profile of a good Masters player, one thing that is crucial is putting. Recent winners such as Bubba Watson are more renowned for their long game than their short, but everything he hit went in and anyone who has good putting stats has to be on the shortlist.

Take a look at the Lefties
Left-handers have won 5 of the last 11 tournaments here (Mickleson x1, Wier and Watson) which may suggest a bias towards left-handed players, especially as they account for less than 10% of the field.

Don’t be afraid to bet in-play, but focus on the top of the leaderboard
2011’s winner was tied 7th after round one and that’s the furthest back any winner has been in seven years after day one.

Back hole-in-one at 16
In the last 10 years there have been 10 hole-in-ones, with all-but-two coming at the 16th. We advised this bet in 2012 (at 9/4) and there were 2 hole-in-ones, both at the 16th.

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US MASTERS TIPS

SelectionOddsE/W TermsBookieLink
Dustin Johnson28/11/4
1,2,3,4,5,6
(Paddy Power) Bet Now!
Jason Dufner40/11/4
1,2,3,4,5,6
(Paddy Power) Bet Now!
Branden Grace200/11/4
1,2,3,4,5,6
(Paddy Power) Bet Now!

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