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The value at the Masters is usually in the top of the market after the cut. One player that I have a fancy for and may have been overlooked is Peter Hanson.
He has played well enough in the early season to be lying third in the race to Dubai and has a game that will suit Augusta. Although a lowly 64th last year that experience should help him this time.
I've had a bit of the win @280 but top 10 @12 is a value bet for me........
An interesting battle lies ahead to be Top Amateur at The Masters this year and Australian*Bryden Macpherson*could be a spot of value to upset market leaders Patrick Cantlay and Hideki Matsuyama.
The 21-year-old from Victoria has been held in high regard for some time and makes his Augusta National debut as the reigning British Amateur champion following his victory over Michael Stewart at Hillside.
A standout collegiate player for the University of Georgia just down the road in Athens, he has had the chance to play Augusta National on a number of occasions whilst receiving plenty of vocal support from the local galleries.
"I have played the course maybe nine or 10 times and that's more than most rookies so that will be an advantage," he added.
I've taken the 7/1 about him with Corals should be a good chance to lay off on the Betfair market should he perform well.......
I have layed Tiger @ 5.5, think he will drift to at least 8.0 at some stage of tournament, and also backed Luke Donald @ 23, think his price will be half that at some point, will trade out soon as these prices are available.
Also had a daft £2 e/w on Charles Howell III @ 250.
US MASTERS, AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, 2012
Perhaps it is because this is the only major that is played on the same course annually or perhaps it is because of the sheer beauty of the place, that makes The US Masters probably the most talked about and recognisable golf tournament in the world.
This year’s contest looks fascinating with the first three in the betting arriving in decent form. With the return to winning ways of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy determined to overcome last year’s final round disaster and Phil Mickelson looking to add a 4th Green Jacket to his collection to equal his fierce rival Tiger, we have a wonderful week to look ahead to, and that doesn’t include any of the other players taking part. If we look at recent winners, four of the last five have been big prices, with only Lefty in 2010 being a well fancied starter. No British or Irish player has won since Nick Faldo in 1996 with Jose Maria Olazabal the last European winner in 1999. If we look a little deeper, then we see no Australian has won the Green Jacket that despite a valiant challenge last year from Jason Day and Adam Scott. Outside of the US, the most winning nations are South Africa with 5 wins and Spain with 4 victories.
This year’s tournament is sure to be full of twists and turns and unless we get a runaway leader, which is unlikely, then there, should be plenty of great trading opportunities. TIPS FOR BETTING ON THE MASTERS
A break before The Masters is not a handicap as in recent year’s players playing in the fortnight before have not always fared well at Augusta.
Length off the Tee is usually seen as paramount but I believe that we should be looking at players with good iron play and a decent touch around the greens.
The final pairing on the final day has produced the winner in 19 of the last 21 renewals.
If playing in running, beware Holes 10, 11 and 12 as this is where tournaments can be Won or Lost.
Consider playing in running in the Top Five and Top 10 markets as you can often lay at short prices with success.
Shop around as some bookmakers have great offers and some pay on six places each way.
TEN PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON
I have selected ten players to look out for, either because I think they offer a bit of value or because they are in the first few in the betting and therefore well fancied. TIGER WOODS
We cannot look at a Masters without considering Tiger who has recently got back to winning ways but that may be a hindrance when you look at the record of recent winners heading to Augusta. That said, Woods seems to be more ready mentally than last year where he Tied 4th despite a poor third round. As a four time winner he must be thereabouts and he has finished out of the top six only twice in twelve years. RORY MCILROY
We will all be keeping a close eye on Rory as I believe he is the one player capable of running away from the field this week. He has taken a break which is good and will be desperate to make up for last year’s disaster. Mentally he is now very strong so I would not put off anyone backing him, but for me he is a little short as he was available at 10-1 early in the year, although as I write this both VCBet and William Hill have pushed him out to 9-1. PHIL MICKELSON
Mr Consistent around here with three wins and eleven top 10’s in the last thirteen years. It seems inconceivable that he won’t challenge and he is available around Even money for a Top 10 finish. Looked to be putting some finishing touches to his short game last week and I expect him to be challenging on Sunday afternoon. JUSTIN ROSE
Rose is my particular trading fancy, as he has often played well here early on, and then faded. He is a much more mature golfer now and looks ready to challenge for a Major. If he gets off to a flyer in the first two rounds I will be in a position to trade out. He was 5th in 2007 and 11th last year and can lead the European challenge this week. BRANDT SNEDEKER
I have an inkling that Snedeker will play well here this week despite the fact he is not in red hot form. He won the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year when he was gifted the title. A good 3rd in 2008 and 15th last year, Snedeker has the game to mount a challenge this week.
KJ loves it around here and must have a big chance of being in the Top 10 for which he is around 5/1. Steady but unspectacular this season, Choi boasts finishes of 4th and 8th in the last two years. YE YANG
Stunned Tiger with a win in the USPGA in 2009 and has decent course form with an 8th place finish two years ago. He had a poor start to the year but has shown glimpses of coming back to form in recent weeks. ADAM SCOTT
Could he become the first Aussie to wear the Green Jacket? Mentally he is in a good place nowadays and following his 2nd place last year he seems to have laid out a plan to arrive here fresh and raring to go. He putts much better than he used to but I always worry that he will bottle it in the final moments. Perhaps caddy Steve Williams will be the key to success. HUNTER MAHAN
Last week’s winner arrives here in top form which we know has often been a handicap. Two Top 10’s in the last three years means he will fancy his chances and he is another who looks to have found a new maturity. RYAN PALMER
Who? Some of you may not be too familiar with Ryan Palmer but he was 10th here last year. He is a long hitter and very good with the putter and at around 200-1 he is no back number for those of you who like to play the longshots. He finished in the Top 30 in all four majors in 2011. CONCLUSION
I have backed Justin Rose with a view to laying back as I hope he gets off to a flyer. I have also backed Mickelson to finish in the Top 10 and had small e.w interests in KJ Choi, Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Palmer in the outright markets with six places. I will be following it closely in running and updating the blog and twitter @RacingTraders where possible during the event. I can’t believe that Woods will not trade bigger and as Rory is on the drift, I am happy to leave the two of them alone at present. Steve
Gee Ranger, it has been a while and good to see Chippy back as well. I think there is a real danger laying Tiger. He is tough to beat at this place, is playing well and has sorted out his driving. I think if he is leading or top 5 after round two it is all over.
Maybe not great for you Steve but my masters has gone very well so far. Peter Hanson has gone about his work very well. I've left a little on him for the win but I feel his chance has gone, however I wish him luck over the next 2 days. Nicely green in the Top10 for just shy of 200%... smug I know.
This Fred began by looking for value so now the cut is made where is it?
I'm impressed by the tabbacca chewer from Alabama Jason Dufner. Quite guy that looks like he put Beta Blockers on his cereal instead of sugar. Similar major story as McIlroy but not the same media interest. He leads with 69,70 and I feel knows he can take this chance.
A bet at 18.5...With the hope he can end day 3 at -8 should see his odds halve.....Others in the tourney will have their say though, will be great TV........
I think someone will go low today and if its one of the guys -4 or better then they could nick a 2 or 3 shot lead. Have a feeling Rory is ready to unleash. Oosthuizen surprised me as he had a bad start yesterday and came back, as he has won a major he seems relaxed and you never know. Also impressed with 2 guys going along quietly, Jimenez and Kuchar although neither appeal as a winner. Perhaps Big Phil will burn it up?