One of the great things about betting on the major sporting events these days is the sheer variety of different markets. The Masters is no different, and here are two that appeal.
This field has largely boiled down to three players, headed by world number three Jason Day. Now it’s true he has form around this course, nearly winning on his debut in 2011 and recording another couple of top ten finishes, but at 11/10 he is very short for someone whose mind may not be on the course given his mother’s serious illness.
Next up is Adam Scott, the winner here in 2013 and runner up two years before that. However, Scott has had real difficulty adjusting to the new putting regulations, largely banning the long putter he used to such good effect three years ago. At 6/4, he also offers no real price.
That leaves Marc Leishman. He isn’t a major winner, unlike the other two, but he did win the Arnold Palmer Invitational just three weeks ago and came tied fourth in the Masters in 2013. At 4/1, this looks like a good bet.
Top Senior Player
The Masters is an oddity amongst the Majors as it is an invitational event, and the organisers insist on inviting past champions back, no matter how old! This means there are a number of runners in this field, but many can be ruled out pretty quickly.
The favourite is Steve Stricker, who has just turned the qualifying 50 years old. However, his record at the Masters when he was in his pomp was nothing to write home about, a tied sixth in 2009 being his best showing. At 13/8, there’s not much value to be had here.
Fred Couples at 3/1 has to be considered, given his liking for this place. He won in 1992 and came sixth as late as 2010. However, the value may lie with Bernhard Langer at 4/1. The evergreen German has won twice around this course and finished tied eighth in 2014. He made the cut last year, finishing tied 24th, and a repeat of that result may be enough to win the cash.
Recommendation: Marc Leishman to be top Aussie at 4/1, generally available, & Bernhard Langer top Senior at 4/1, William Hill
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