Tuesday 22 August 2017

US Masters gambling guide: Five players to follow in Augusta this week and five to avoid

Rory McIlroy talks with Tiger Woods on the practice green before the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Rory McIlroy talks with Tiger Woods on the practice green before the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

The 75th US Masters will always provide thrills and spills galore but what golfers are worth placing a little wager on this week and who are the five to lay.

FIVE TO FOLLOW

1) Rory McIlroy

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland smiles during a practice round prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Victory this weekend would see him join Gene Sarazan, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as a winner of the Grand Slam of golf. His game seems ideal for Augusta National and he has shown the ability to tame the course in the past.

 

Odds: 11/2

2) Rickie Fowler

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Rickie Fowler of the U.S. looks out from a sand trap on the second green during his practice round ahead of the 2015 Masters at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia April 7, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble

It's surprising how little has been said about the 26-year-old Californian this week. Top five finishes in all four majors last year tell you just how good this man is. He may find one or two too hot to handle but is a great each-way bet.

 

Odds: 30/1

3) Henrik Stenson

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07: Henrik Stenson of Sweden is interviewed during a press conference prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

His pure ball-striking could be a perfect match for Augusta. He also has the temperament for the big occasion. If he gets his stare going on the back nine on Sunday, he will be very hard to oppose.

Odds: 20/1

4) Jordan Speith

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HUMBLE, TX - APRIL 03: Jordan Speith hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on April 3, 2015 in Humble, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Nearly became the first man since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 to win the Masters at his first attempt. He led by two shots after seven holes of the final round last year before eventually finishing second. He has poise and charisman that belie his years.

Odds: 10/1

5) Bubba Watson

Going for a third win in four years. The course layout suits a leftie and especially one like Watson who loves moving the ball in the air. Has a massive chance of taking the stroll to Butler's Cabin again.

Odds: 10/1

 

FIVE TO AVOID

1) Graeme McDowell

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits a shot from a bunker during a practice round prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

McDowell has made the cut just twice in seven attempts in the Masters and is just back from an ankle injury. Doesn't have the length off the tee to suit this test.

Odds: 150/1

2) Phil Mickelson

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits a shot alongside his caddie Jim Mackay during a practice round prior to the start of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

He does have three green jackets in his closet but only eight men have won a major after their 44th birthday and it's been 25 years since that happened.

Odds: 25/1

3) Luke Donald

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Luke Donald made a fine recovery on the second day

It's been nine rounds since he shot a round in the 60s at Augusta and like McDowell, he lacks the driving power required to thrive in Georgia. he has contended in 2005 and 2011 but he was in better form then.

Odds: 100/1

4) Sergio Garcia

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Sergia Garcia of Spain blows on the blade of his putter April 7, 2015 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia during a practice round for the 2015 Masters Golf Tournament. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARYTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
 

He has admitted in the past that he is never going to win a major and he has convinced me. if he does break his duck I doubt very much that it will be here.

Odds: 45/1

5) Victor Dubuisson

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HUMBLE, TX - APRIL 02: Victor Dubuisson of France hits a tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on April 2, 2015 in Humble, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
 

Missed the cut in his first and only appearance last year. Shone alongside Graeme McDowell in the Ryder Cup last year but I don't think he has the maturity to contend here over four days.

Odds: 80/1

* odds courtesy of Paddy Power (subject to change)

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