Spring is in the air and it’s that time of year when the worlds top golfers descend on Augusta, Georgia where our 3D, HD, Flat screen and Plasma TVs bring us some of the most beautiful golf holes in the world.
We sit mesmerised, beer in one hand, betting slip in the other for four days of not just watching golf, but wishing we could play that hallowed turf just once in our lives.
It's the first major of the year and the easiest one to win, well according to Jack Nicklaus it is, and with Tiger Woods missing this year I think we could be seeing another new champion this year.
My tips to win:
Only three players have ever defended their Masters titles Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods but I think we maybe adding to that list this year as I feel Bubba Watson 12/1 – with 888Sport – is about to add his name to that list. Bubba comes into this week having played four tournaments so far and has not been outside the Top 15, with three Top 10 finishes in that run, I still think he will be the man to beat this week.
I don’t think it will be a big surprise that I am tipping Jason Day 16/1 – with BetFred – again this Masters, he has had six starts so far this year and has missed out on a Top 20 finish once and has a win and two other Top 5s in that run. Jason finished well at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and it’s hard to discount someone who had a runners-up finish in their first Masters in 2011 and Jason has had another Top 5 since then.
How can you ignore a player that so far this year has won one event and had two runners-up finishes – including his shoot-out in yesterday’s Shell Houston Open – from his last three starts, throw in three other Top 10 finishes this year and Jordan Spieth 11/1 – with BetFred – has to be the hottest golfer on the planet at this moment in time. Spieth teed it up for the first time at Augusta National last year and promptly took the runners-up spot, the Texan is on a roll at the moment and I am sure he will be in the thick of it again come Sunday.
My each-way tips
Jimmy Walker 25/1 – with BetVictor – comes into this week in great form with two wins a runners-up and a Top 10 from seven starts. I am sure Jimmy and his coach Butch Harmon would have been targeting the majors this year and I think he is a good bet at these odds.
I think it has taken a while for Louis Oosthuizen 55/1 – with BetFred – to come to terms with what happened to him here back in 2012, even now I look back and am amazed at what happened. Louis missed the cut the following year which I don’t think was really a surprise but he had his second best finish here last year making the Top 25 and has quietly gone about his business this year leading up to the Masters. And although he missed the cut at last weeks Shell Houston Open he did have a Top 10 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, his second of the year from three starts, which leads me to have a sneaky feeling it could come down to Bubba and Louis again this year!
My outside tip
I was surprised to see Ian Poulter 80/1 – with BetVictor – this far down the betting list as he has a very good record at Augusta with five Top 25 finishes in the last seven years and two of those have been Top 10s. Ian has only been outside the Top 25 once in six starts so far this year and with his best friend Justin Rose already having a major to his name Poulter would love to be sporting a green jacket in the Butler Cabin on Sunday.
As always good luck