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  • on 03.04.2012
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US Masters Preview, Tips & Betting

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

With wins already on the board this season for Steve Stricker, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickleson, Luke Donald and some bloke named Tiger, a whole host of players come into this tournament in great form.

So take a look though our Masters tips when choosing who you think will be donning the famous Green Jacket come Sunday evening.

US MASTERS – KEY POINTERS

Back an outsider
Four of the last 5 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 Woods, McIlrory, Mickelson and Donald, but it might be wise to look beyond them. After all who would have predicted wins for Schwartzel, Immelman or Cabrera.

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 last year he was still two shots of the lead.

Avoid the Aussies
There have been no Australian winners in the history of the Masters. Greg Norman came closest but blew a 6 shot lead in 1996. Adam Scott was odds-on however when leading last year, until eventual winner Charl Schwartzel went on an unbelievable birdie spree.

Consider the Americans
Its true that only one American has won in the last 4 years, but go back further in the record books and its obvious that the Americans are pretty dominant at Augusta, having won 9 of the last 15 tournaments.

 

Look beyond big hitters
It is a myth that only big hitters do well at Augusta. 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. Only Luke Donald, who finished tied fourth, putted better than Schwartzel last year, and that sort of stat is not unusual at Augusta.

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

Back a final round hole-in-one
In the last 8 years there have been 7 hole-in-ones, but an incredible 6 of those have come at the 16th during the final round. Victor Chandler are offering 9/4 for the first hole-in-one to come at the 16th.

LIKELY CONTENDERS AND TIPS

World Number one Luke Donald (16/1) finished tied for fourth last year and will surely be in the mix once again. He tops the PGA putting stats and is fifth on the scrambling stats; 2 skills which will be required from any potential Masters Champion.

Bubba Watson (55/1) hits it as long an anyone, and while he may not be the most consistent of players, he will no doubt have numerous birdie chances, particularly on the par 5s. If he can stay out of trouble and hole a few putts he too might be in contention come Sunday’s final round.

World number 23 K.J. Choi (70/1) leads the Asian challenge and whilst he is a very steady player (11/2 for a top 10 finish), and one likely to be in the mix, we’re not sure he has the game to actually win The Masters. Keep and eye on fellow South Korean, Bae Sang-Moon (200/1), who is currently World Number 28 and rising. He is a great up-and-coming talent and his game may well suit that of Augusta.

 

OFFERS

Paddy Power are offering 6 places on all each-way bets on The Masters and will *REFUND* all losing bets if Tiger Woods wins the tournament.

If Tiger Woods wins The Masters Ladbrokes will also pay out on whoever finishes 2nd.

Victor Chandler are offering *TOP PRICE* on all players at The Masters.

PREVIOUS US MASTERS WINNERS/TOP 10

2011

1 Charl Schwartzel South Africa (274)
2 Adam Scott Australia (276)
2 Jason Day Australia (276)
4 Geoff Ogilvy United States (278)
4 Tiger Woods United States (278)
4 Luke Donald England (278)
7 Angel Cabrera Argentina (279)
8 K.J. Choi South Korea (280)
8 Bo Van Pelt United States (280)
10 Ryan Palmer United States (282)

2010
1 Phil Mickelson United States (272)
2 Lee Westwood England (275)
3 Anthony Kim United States (276)
4 K.J. Choi South Korea (277)
4 Tiger Woods United States (277)
6 Fred Couples United States (279)
7 Nick Watney United States (280)
8 Y.E. Yang South Korea (281)
8 Hunter Mahan United States (281)
10 Ian Poulter England (283)
10 Ricky Barnes United States (283)

2009
1 Angel Cabrera* Argentina (276)
2 Chad Campbell United States (276)
2 Kenny Perry United States (276)
4 Shingo Katayama Japan (278)
5 Phil Mickelson United States (279)
6 John Merrick United States (280)
6 Steve Flesch United States (280)
6 Tiger Woods United States (280)
6 Steve Stricker United States (280)
10 Hunter Mahan United States (281)
10 Sean O’Hair United States (281)
10 Jim Furyk United States (281)

2008
1 Trevor Immelman South Africa (280)
2 Tiger Woods United States (283)
3 Stewart Cink United States (284)
3 Brandt Snedeker United States (284)
5 Phil Mickelson United States (286)
5 Padraig Harrington Ireland (286)
5 Steve Flesch United States (286)
8 Miguel Angel Jimenez Spain (287)
8 Robert Karlsson Sweden (287)
8 Andres Romero Argentina (287)

2007
1 Zach Johnson United States (289)
2 Rory Sabbatini South Africa (291)
2 Retief Goosen South Africa (291)
2 Tiger Woods United States (291)
5 Jerry Kelly United States (292)
5 Justin Rose England (292)
7 Padraig Harrington Ireland (293)
7 Stuart Appleby Australia (293)
9 David Toms United States (294)
10 Paul Casey England (295)
10 Luke Donald England (295)
10 Vaughn Taylor United States (295)

US MASTERS RECORDS

– Jack Nicklaus has won the most Masters titles, is the record holder for the most top tens, (22) and the most cuts made (37).
– He was also the oldest winner at 46 years, 82 days.
– Tiger Woods is the youngest winner of the Masters at 21 years, 104 days.
– Woods also holds the records for the widest winning margin (12 shots), and lowest winning score (270, −18).
– Matteo Manassero became both the youngest player ever, and the youngest to make the cut at 16 years, 356 days in 2010.
– Gary Player holds the record for most appearances (52).
– Nick Price and Greg Norman share the Augusta course record of 63 (1986 and 1996 respectively).
– Anthony Kim holds the record for most birdies in a round (11)

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