That’s a Friday that didn’t go as planned, but still an exciting Moving Day at Augusta beckons.
It’s now time to reload with the refunded money after the withdrawal of Dustin Johnston before the start of the first round.
The leaderboard sees first round leader Charley Hoffman joined at the top by Spaniard Sergio Garcia, Belgian Thomas Pieters and fellow American Rickie Fowler. Such luminaries as Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Jon Rahm, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy lie not far behind.
Of these players, Fowler offers the benchmark, with odds of around 4/1 looking reasonable value.
However, it’s Jordan Speith that we will be transferring our Dustin cash on to. Speith has a fantastic record around Augusta, winning two years ago and looking likely to do so again last year before plopping two balls into the water on the 12th. He has shown tremendous character in fighting back from a nine (yes, that’s correct, a nine) on the 15th on Thursday, and now lies just four back. At 15/2, with Stan James, that’s around twice the price of Fowler for a proven winner around this course.
Russell Henley, our each way suggestion, shot a disappointing 76, to finish the two days on a score of three over par. That said, that’s still only seven off the lead. And, given the generous nature of the each way terms offered, a positive score Saturday would likely bring him back into payout territory.
Looking at our specialty bets, Marc Leishman needs to shoot a low round on Saturday as he trails Adam Scott by three shots in the race to be the top Australian.
However, our bet on Bernhard Langer being top senior has gone south, with the German missing the cut having hit a second round 78 while American Fred Couples defies Father Time, remaining near the top of the leaderboard.
Recommendation: Speith to win the Masters at 15/2, Stan James
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