It’s that time of year again where we get to wander down Magnolia Lane for the first Major of the year.
Golfers, and non-golfers, alike are captivated by the exclusivity of the course, the prestige of the tournament and the talent of those competing.
But where to find value in one of the most stellar fields in Golf? Well, you have come to the right place.
The Sports Blog has three separate categories to help you come out of The Masters with more than just a fancy-coloured jacket.
1: To Win
Jordan Spieth – 7/1
The Sports Blog’s pick. Masters record is 2nd, 1st, 2nd. Leads PGA Tour in greens in regulation and if he putts well, there is no one better at grinding out a result.
Rory McIlroy – 15/2
The Northern Irishman’s quest to win the career grand slam is an ‘if rather than when’. His previous experiences here (positive and negative) have set him in good stead to put himself in position on Sunday. Jaime Diaz does have a point when he says that Rory does leave some shots out there, but when he is on, there isn’t anyone better.
Rickie Fowler – 22/1
Definitely the outsider of these three, however his win at the Honda Classic was impressive as he did not have his best stuff. Rickie is in the top ten in stats for; approaches, tee to green and putting and has four top tens in seven events this season. If he puts it all together, he will go better than his best T-5 finish in 2014.
2: Each Way
Paul Casey – 40/1
The Englishman has two top six performances at Augusta in recent appearances and completed a back door top 10 in Baltusrol at the PGA. He loves The Masters and is having a consistent PGA Tour season with three top 20s in his last four starts. Crucially, he also backs himself, saying;
“I’m playing better than last year and once my putter starts heating up I know I’ll be in contention.”
Matt Fitzpatrick – 60/1
The young Englishman came a remarkable T-7th in his first start at The Masters as a Pro in 2016. In that tournament, he led the field in greens in regulation and has become a consistent feature on both tours since. If his transition between back swing and down swing stays under control, he is a great shout to better last year’s finish.
Russell Henley – 66/1
Coming in as a rank outsider, the American makes this list for one reason; his putting. His ten birdies in the final round at the recent Shell Houston Open were a remarkable display of rock-rolling and he is 6th in strokes gained in that category on the tour. With Augusta’s greens so fast, he could be a factor throughout this week.
3. To Make the Cut
This is an absolute lock. His past six performances are; 6th, T-15, T-12, T-13, T-20, Cut. There is something about watching Freddy roll back the years every time that gets the goosebumps going.
Another golden oldie who will give you amazing value. Great record at The Masters and looks less than forty, despite becoming sixty this year.
Bonus Category – 4. To Not Make the Cut
Put your house on it…