The cream of world golf will be wending their way down Magnolia Lane tomorrow for the Masters Tournament at Augusta National, with the defending champion Danny Willett available at 150-1 to don a second Green Jacket. On his form since that gifted victory, our Danny must be about those odds to make the cut, so that’s the first major swerve.
Worst value in the win market must be Jordan Speith at single figure odds, as he has been a shadow of his former self since chucking it away last year by dunking it in the water twice at the par3 12th when 5 shots clear in the final round.
There is one golfer who is playing a different game from anyone else at present and that man is Dustin Johnson. A winner of his last three tournaments, including two WGC events, DJ made a shrewd call by withdrawing from last week’s Shell Houston Open in order to prepare for this and if he turns up in the same form, the field may not see which way he went.
Consider this – in his last two appearances at the Masters, Johnson has finished 6th and 4th at a time when his short game was close to useless. Since then, intensive coaching from Butch Harmon has improved his approach play and putting out of all recognition, leaving him without a tangible weakness.
First bet, therefore, is a whack into the laid back Carolinian at around 13-2, with a choice of e/w terms going up to 8 places (Skybet).
Having done that, give yourself another interest in the overall win market with a small e/w punt on Brooks Koepka at anything up to a juicy 80-1.
My mate Cupcake appeared to be completely out of form in the early events, but sparked into life in the WGC Matchplay last month, winning his first two matches by 6 &5 and finishing on the heels of the principals in 9th place.
Looks to be timing his run perfectly, and could well be up there at the business end.
Two other bets stand out, starting with Adam Hadwin.
I had him nailed on as a cracking bet to win the Top Canadian market, but those cowardly bookmakers have refused to price it up, probably on the grounds that he’s the only Canadian taking part. He is, however, offered at 8-1 in the Top Debutant section and an each way wager at ¼ odds could pay a nice dividend.
Finally, have a dig at Tyrell Hatton in the Top GB & Ireland market, e/w at 11-1. Having come from nowhere to the heady heights of 15th in the world rankings (yes, really), young Tyrell is the big improver and has taken well to the US golfing scene in recent weeks. He could surprise.
That’s our portfolio – now sit back and enjoy.