The Masters 2014 betting
The first golf major of the year takes place this week at the Augusta National course, where Rory McIlroy's recent good form coupled with the absence of Tiger Woods has earned him top billing at The Masters. Live coverage begins on Sky Sports 4 at 7pm on Thursday.
The majority of firms rate McIlroy as the favourite at best odds of 11/1, although some have defending champion Adam Scott as the only man in single figures after his thrilling play-off victory over Angel Cabrera 12 months ago, which landed odds of 28/1 for one of our tips.
If it comes down to a choice of the two market leaders then Scott, who has a fine all round record at Augusta, looks to be the strongest candidate at a best price of 12/1 with Betfred. McIlroy's previous here is patchy thanks to some tough times over the weekends, most notably in 2011 when he led after three rounds only to post an 80 on the Sunday.
Phil Mickelson, who won his third green jacket in 2010, is the third favourite at best odds of 14/1 with Paddy Power, while Jason Day's impressive performances round this beautiful but testing course mean he is a best price of 18/1 with Bet365. Day was third here last year and runner-up to Charl Schwartzel in 2011.
Sergio Garcia is another man who tends to play well here and he warmed up in reasonably good fashion with his third place at last week's Shell Houston Open, although after his two opening rounds he will have been disappointed not to have got the win in Texas. The Spaniard has placed well in each of the last two years and can be backed at 25/1 with Stan James who along with Paddy Power are already paying six places - expect others to follow suit. He's also worth consideration for a top 10 finish at 2/1 with BetVictor and Stan James.
After his gritty display to earn a play-off last year, Cabrera will have plenty of friends at 66/1 with Stan James and Paddy Power. Now 44, the Argentine has posted plenty of good results here down the years and was of course the champion in 2009.
Matt Kuchar, who lost a play-off to Matt Jones at the Houston Open, is so reliable that it's hard to overlook his credentials for almost any event on the PGA Tour, and the Masters is no exception. He's played here four times with his worst result being a share of 27th place and has recorded top 10 finishes in each of the last two years. At 25/1 with Ladbrokes he's a good each-way selection once again.
Dustin Johnson has been one of the strongest players on this year's Tour so far and having finished in the top 10 last year is an interesting possibility at best odds of 28/1 with Bet365. Meanwhile, Paddy Power and Stan James will tempt many with their 33/1 quotes about Justin Rose, especially with those 6 places.
The Englishman has his first major in the bag having won last year's US Open and has played well here over the last three years, finishing no worse than last year's share of 25th place. He looks in a strong position to add to his two top 10 placings at the Masters and there’s no reason he can’t go on to win.
Finally we return to Fred Couples, having tipped him to be First Round Leader 12 months ago - he posted a score of 68 on the Thursday to share fourth place. Few players have a better record at Augusta and that same bet looks value again at Betfred's price of 100/1. He's also an excellent bet at 7/2 to finish in the top 20 having done so in each of the last four years and a fabulous 17 times in his last 28 visits. That price is available with Sky Bet and Stan James.
|Justin Rose||Tournament Winner||33/1
||Paddy Power & Stan James|
||Top 10 Finish||2/1
||Betfred & BetVictor
||First Round Leader
||Top 20 Finish
||Sky Bet & Stan James|
|YEAR||WINNER / SCORE||RUNNER-UP / SCORE
|2013||Adam Scott* (-9)
||Angel Cabrera (-9)
|2012||Bubba Watson* (-10)
||Louis Oosthuizen (-10)
|2011||Charl Schwartzel (-14)
||Jason Day & Adam Scott (-12)
|2010||Phil Mickelson (-16)
||Lee Westwood (-13)
|2009||Angel Cabrera* (-12)||Chad Campbell & Kenny Perry (-12)
|2008||Trevor Immelman (-8)
||Tiger Woods (-5)
|2007||Zach Johnson (+1)
||Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini & Tiger Woods (+3)
|2006||Phil Mickelson (-7)
||Tim Clark (-5)
|2005||Tiger Woods* (-12)
||Chris DiMarco (-12)
|2004||Phil Mickelson (-9)
||Ernie Els (-8)
Top 4 Bookmaker Favourites - Player Odds & Recent Masters Record
|Rory McIlroy||11/1||Stan James
Other Noteable Augusta Perfomers - Player Odds & Recent Masters Record
||Paddy Power|| T8