Well here we are golf fans. We have finally reached the promised land of Augusta National Country Club. To hear those soothing chords as the coverage begins on Thursday will be a balm to sooth the troubled soul of many a Middle Aged Man after the last six months. Around the world Boyfriends, Husbands, Fathers and Grandfathers will turn to the significant others in their lives and with a certain resolve will say: ‘Leave me be, The Masters is on.’
It will be interesting to see if anything is much different from having the tournament held now as opposed to April. Apparently the planning committee is doing everything they can to have the conditions as similar as possible. The only thing that is totally out of their control is the weather and seasonal conditions. There is rain forecast for Thursday and possibly Friday. Tee times which get the best of the weather could be at a distinct advantage.
Blue Horseshoe Loves
Patrick Reed – currently at 28/1 with starsports.bet
This is no surprise to anyone who follows me. I have been tipping this guy for months. His game, based around draw shots and a superb touch with short irons and the putter, makes him perfectly suited to Augusta, hence the one green jacket in the closet already. I think he stands a good chance to add another jacket this weekend and is a great price each way for a recent champion.
Xander Schauffele – currently at 14/1 with starsports.bet
This is the other man I have big wraps on. He finished second by a solitary shot to Tiger Woods at the 2019 Masters, so he’s definitely got the goods to win here. Xander is starting to become a bit of a serial second place getter at Majors and he’ll desperately want to rectify that. He has come close to winning at a couple of tournaments recently and if he’s not there or thereabouts on Sunday I’ll be stunned.
Bubba Watson – currently at 28/1 with starsports.bet
Bubba is very much a horses for courses kind of player. There are a handful of courses he thrives and wins repeatedly on. Augusta National Country Club is one of these venues and his two green jackets proves that. The thing about Bubba is his game is either red hot or ice cold, but his high leaderboard finishes lately and the comments from his caddie, saying that he’s never seen Bubba strike it better, tell me that Watson’s game is in the right place. The only caveat is his touch with his putter, which can let him down, but Watson is most comfortable on greens where he has to die it into the holes and Augusta’s lightening quick greens suit that sort of putting game.
Patrick Cantlay – currently at 25/1 with starsports.bet
Cantlay finished in a tie for third at the 2019 Masters, only three shots off the lead, and if it wasn’t for a messy sixteenth hole he could have been in contention to win the whole thing in 2019. He’s fresh from a recent win at the ZoZo Championship in California last month, so his confidence will be sky high. Cantlay consistently ranks amongst the best in the game in scrambling and putting, which are two stats that are always significant at Augusta. I think he’s great each way value.
Cameron Smith – currently at 80/1 with starsports.bet
I keep coming back to this guy because I just think he is so underrated. I got him at big odds when he won the Sony Open in January this year, and I think I’m going to land him at big odds again as long as the market keeps over looking him. He’s plenty long enough off the tee and if he gets his flat stick fired up he’s one of the best putters around. He has a little bit of form here too. At the 2018 Masters, Smith shot a sparkling final round of six under 66 to finish in a tie for fifth. His game has been trending upwards of late and I think he’s good value for a place or maybe even a win.
RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK Patrick Reed 2.5pt each way at 28/1 with starsports.bet
BACK Xander Schauffele 2pt each way at 14/1 with starsports.bet
BACK Bubba Watson 1.5pt each way at 28/1 with starsports.bet
BACK Patrick Cantlay 1.5pt each way at 25/1 with starsports.bet
BACK Cameron Smith 1pt each way at 80/1 with starsports.bet
EW Terms 1/5 7 Places
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