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The Masters – Who should you back?

Its Masters week and the Azaleas are in full bloom ready to welcome the world's best golfers.

Gareth McGrattan

The long wait for a Golf Major since the PGA championship last August is almost over.  It’s Masters week, break out the freestyle dancers and the acapella.

During early April thousands of hardcore golf enthusiasts land on the runaway at Hartsfield – Jackson airport to make the 150-mile annual pilgrimage to the city of Augusta. It’s home to one of the most famous golf courses in the world, Augusta National.

It truly is the ‘holy grail of golf’, an immaculate golf course which has provided the platform for some of the most iconic memories in golfing history. From Tiger Wood’s chip shot in ’05’ to Rory McIlroy’s meltdown in ‘2011’ to name a few.

If you’re going to be backing players on current form, the likes of Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas and the resurgent Tiger Woods, will be on the tip of your tongue. However, if you’re a statistic guru, players like Brian Harman have a great each-way chance at 66/1, after registering 7 top 10 finishes in 11 events.

In other areas such as finding greens in regulation and driving accuracy percentage, Kyle Stanley features in the top 5 of both these lists. Could it be that he will need to have his jacket measurements to hand. At a whopping 200/1 it’s unlikely but you never know.

Rest assured, current Masters Champion Sergio Garcia won’t relinquish his crown easily. The Spaniard hasn’t exactly been firing on all cylinders recently however when it comes to the Masters it may be a  different matter with only the “best of the best” being able to master the famous ‘Amen Corner’ and Sergio is as good as they come.

The Masters gets underway on the 5th April and here are my 3 tips to ‘beat the bookies’.

Rory McIlroy

It seems to be a regular occurrence having the Holywood man as the bookies favourite. He seems to have found his form at the right time too after claiming the Arnold Palmer Invitational a few weeks ago. Fansbet are offering 17/2 for McIlroy to claim his first green jacket, an absolute steal if you ask me. His putter is so hot at the moment it could burst into flames at any minute.

With his great long game and his green in regulation percentage being as a good as ever, I’m sure he will prove too much for the rest of the Augusta field. This is the only major that eludes him so there is extra motivation to do well this week.

Tiger Woods

The man who needs no introduction, boasting a record of 14 major titles he remains one of the best players on the planet. If you were smart enough to back Woods for Masters glory in November you would have got 100/1. Nowadays you can back him at 9/1. It’s a dramatic market shift but justified on his recent from after recording top 5 finishes in his last two starts.

Anytime you see Tiger Woods in the field, it could be deemed foolish not to back him. On his recent form he is one of my bankers of the week.

Tommy Fleetwood

I honestly don’t know how bookmakers can justify having Tommy Fleetwood at 33/1, a superb player who won the Race to Dubai last year. With so much natural talent and the ability to shoot very low numbers he is defiantly an each-way bet for me.

It seems the Englishman is in contention for a trophy every time he plays. The only off putting stat with Fleetwood is his lack of form he has demonstrated to date in the majors. In recent years he hasn’t suggested he could win one but with him gaining experience at the other side of the Atlantic during the last few months, you never know.

Masters week is upon us.

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