Friday 15 December 2017

10 outside bets that could win you big money at the 2016 Masters

The Masters has thrown up its fair share of shock winners over the years. But who do we think could be springing a surprise this time around?

Louis Oosthuizen – 33/1

The world No 11 has the pedigree at the biggest events to do some damage – he won the 2010 Open Championship and has finished runner-up in a further three major championships, including the 2012 Masters when he lost to Bubba Watson.

Patrick Reed – 40/1

Controversial American has four PGA Tour wins to his name, but has yet to fulfil his potential at the majors. Currently ranked 10, Reed has the game to make a big impression at Augusta this week.

Charl Schwartzel – 40/1

The 31-year-old South African won the Masters in 2011 and will not be fazed by the event. Ranked 20 in the world, Schwartzel still has the all-round game to have a shot at winning his second green jersey on Sunday.

Brooks Koepka – 66/1

Has been steadily improving since turning pro in 2012, winning the European Tour's Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year in 2014 after finishing 8th in that year’s Race to Dubai. This could be the tournament that the 25-year-old American comes of age.

Zach Johnson – 60/1

A former world No 6, Johnson has two majors to his name, including last year’s Open and the 2007 Masters. More than capable of causing a surprise this weekend.

Marc Leishman – 70/1

Demonstrated his ability last year by finishing joint-runner up at the Open, and now ranked 31 could go one better at Augusta.

Paul Casey 66/1

The Englishman turned professional 16 years ago and after a mixed career enjoyed some of his best results last year, including finished in a tie for third at the Honda Classic. Casey also recorded a personal best at the 2015 Masters by finishing joint 6th, so he has some Augusta pedigree.

Justin Thomas – 100/1

Still only 22, Thomas is up to 34 in the world and earned his first victory on the PGA Tour by winning the CIMB Classic in Malaysia last November. The American is being tipped by many as a future star of the game.

Angel Cabrera – 200/1

At 46, ‘The Duck’ is probably past his best, but as a former Masters winner he should not be dismissed. Definitely an outsider, but has all the experience you could possibly want.  

Bernhard Langer – 500/1

Ok, so he may be 58 but wouldn’t it be brilliant if Langer somehow pulled it off? His first Masters win was over 30 years ago, but stranger things have happened.

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