Masters 2012 – 2 to Watch

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Annual tally of the word Azalia on primetime television set to leap. 

Ah Augusta. Vivid colours, gorgeous sunshine, no women. What more could a man want from a Bank Holiday weekend? Well how about a two-way tussle between the greatest golfer ever, and the pretender to his throne? And how about if that legend is beginning a climb-back after a fall from grace so steep, it would make Franz Klammer stall in fear? And how about if the two of them don’t get on? At all. Throw in some homegrown challengers (including the World Number 1), and there can be little doubt that this year’s Masters is the most anticipated golf major of all time, at least on these shores.

So will it be Tiger, or will it be Rory who strikes first in this golden age of golf? Can Westwood or Rose challenge? Might the world number 1 (altogether now – Luuuuuuuuuke) pull his finger out and finally lift a major? Or could it be old Lefty to win his 4th Green Jacket?

Whilst all those bets are tempting, we prefer to play for the value. Our winner is the American Steve Stricker – the man from Wisconsin is simply too good never to win a Major, and with his putting acumen, we like him at 50/1 with Ladbrokes.

The vastness of the field means each-way punts can still reap rich rewards. Don’t be shy about backing Y.E.Yang (20/1), Jason Day (13/2) or Brandt Snedeker (10/1) to finish in the Top 5 (also with Ladbrokes.) Other punts worth getting involved with include Justin Rose (a winner of that bet in ’04 and ’07) to top the Day One leaderboard (23 with our good friends at Betfair), with Peter Hanson to be top European at 60 (also at BF), another value bet.

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