You know that Spring has definitely sprung when the beautifully resplendent flowers are blooming along Magnolia Way in Augusta, Georgia ahead of Golf’s first major of the year.
Remember the supreme golfer Tiger Woods? Well, there’s nothing worse for a golfer than a bad back and Tiger is unfortunately suffering with the old man’s injury. Tiger’s a very doubtful starter, explaining the positively outlandish odds of 108-1 with betdaq to add to his 14 major tally.
Rory McIlroy was dumped out of the WGC Matchplay event early this week. But at least the Northern Irishman will be fresh to focus on winning his first Green Jacket. Rory can be backed at 7-1 across the board.
2015 winner Jordan Spieth is priced at 15-2 with 188bet. Spieth was in control of the last year’s tournament too before dumping his tee shot into the water on 12. It’s gonna take a pretty strong character to banish those demons though, something that Rory will vouch for after his own Amen Corner nightmare back in 2011.
Huge-hitting US Open champion Dustin Johnson has to fancy his chances around this course at 15-2 188 bet, while another massive hitter, two-time champ Bubba Watson is an attractive 45-1 with skybet.
Hideki Matsuyama is a decent 18-1, having knocked at the door at last year’s event. It’s only a matter of time before the supremely talented Japanese star win his first big one.
Jason Day is another doubt for the tournament as his Mother is undergoing cancer surgery, hence the Aussie’s large 16-1 with bet365.
And you can find amazing odds of over 150-1 on England’s defending champ Danny Willett on a course where he knows only the most positive memories.
Phil Mickelson is three times a course and distance winner around Augusta. He just loves it here and at 33-1 with 188bet has real each way potential.
Aussie Adam Scott, successful in 2013 with his long broomhandle putter, is priced at 33 with 188bet to win the tournament with a shorter putting stick, with the longer one now outlawed.
Lee Westwood, second to compatriot Willett last year and, once again, agonisingly close to his first major, is a huge 100-1 with Betfred, while South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and 2011 winner Charl Schwartzel also have definite each-way potential too at 66-1 with bet365 and 70s with Netbet respectively.
But in the lead-up all eyes will be on Tiger to see if golf’s biggest attraction can even tee it up at Augusta in April, let alone add to his four Masters Green Jackets.