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The Masters 2014 betting

April 7th, 2014

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.

RECOMMENDED BETS
MARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Matt Kuchar
Tournament Winner 25/1
Ladbrokes
Dustin Johnson
Tournament Winner
28/1
Bet365
Justin Rose Tournament Winner 33/1
Paddy Power & Stan James
Sergio Garcia
Top 10 Finish 2/1
Betfred & BetVictor
Fred Couples
First Round Leader
100/1
Betfred
Fred Couples
Top 20 Finish
7/2
Sky Bet & Stan James

Recent Winners

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)

*won play-off

Top 4 Bookmaker Favourites - Player Odds & Recent Masters Record

PLAYER
BEST ODDSBOOKMAKER20132012201120102009
Rory McIlroy 11/1 Stan James
  T25   T40   T15
  CUT   T20
Adam Scott 12/1
Betfred
    1     8   T2   T18
  CUT
Phil Mickelson
14/1
Paddy Power
  T54
  T3
  T27     1
    5
Jason Day 
18/1
Bet365
    3   WD   T2     -
    -

Other Noteable Augusta Perfomers - Player Odds & Recent Masters Record

PLAYER
BEST ODDSBOOKMAKER20132012201120102009
Angel Cabrera
66/1
Paddy Power
    2   T32     7   T18     1
Matt Kuchar
25/1
Betfred
  T8
  T3
  T27
  T24
    -
Lee Westwood
50/1
Paddy Power   T8
  T3
  T11
    2
  43

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