Betting Preview And Tips: The Masters 2011
Phil Mickelson 13/2
Phil’s driving the ball out of sight and he if can tighten up on his accuracy this week and continue to putt well, there’s nobody to match him. Winner of the Houston Open last week and veteran of 18 Masters Mickelson will start as the bookies favourite. Wins in 2004, 2006 and 2010 aside, Phil has amassed 10 other top-10’s at Augusta including four third place finishes. Hold on to your hats folks it going to be a roller coaster with Lefty but whatever happens you’ll enjoy the ride.
Nick Watney 18/1
It seems inevitable that one of the young guns is going to bag a major this year and of those Nick Watney is the most in form. This will be Watney’s fourth Masters, he’s never been outside the top 20 and scored a seventh place finish last year thanks in the main to a Sunday 65. Mister consistency has had four top 10’s from five strokeplay events this year including a win at the WGC Cadillac in mid March. Much fancied by the bookies.
KJ Choi 66/1
The likeable Korean has not won on Tour since the 2008 Sony Open but always remains a decent each way bet for the Masters. The lowest iron he carries in his bag is a 6-iron but that didn’t stop him finishing sixth last time out at Arnie’s event in Bay Hill. Choi contended well into Sunday at last years Masters before slipping into a tie for fourth. Knows the track inside out and what it’s like to be in the shakeup having had a best result of third in 2004. Should be around the 7/1 mark “to finish in the top 10”, I’ll be having a little piece of that.
Justin Rose 35/1
I’d imagine Justin Rose is pumped at returning to Augusta having not got an “invite” last year. The Englishman has had a mixed bag in his five attempts to date but did register a tied fifth finish in 2007. Excellent recent form too tying fifth at the Transitions and third at Bay Hill last time out. The last European to put on the green jacket was Olazabal in 1999, so no pressure Justin. Look for “Top European” odds for Rose on Thursday before the start, you should get some value there.
Anthony Kim 40/1
With only one top 10 this season to date, the odds are generous on Anthony Kim doing any damage at Augusta but I saw enough in his 13th place finish when defended in Houston last week to give him the nod. Kim still lacks consistency but a Friday 64 at Redstone indicates he can go low. He can also do when it really matters too, who can forget that brilliant final round 65 last year to give him third.
Best Of The Rest
Hunter Mahan (25/1) has top 10’d the past two years at Augusta and knows how to win big events having bagged the WGC Bridgestone last season. Yet to enter the winner’s enclosure in 2011 but came mighty close at Pebble Beach finishing second to add to three other top 10’s . Past champ Trevor Immelman (75/1) comes into this week having had his best finish for some time at Bay Hill two weeks ago and it will be interesting to see if the 2008 winner can contend again in this his ninth tilt at the title.
The US Masters 2011 Betting Preview and Tips