No Woods But Plenty of Tees

This entry was posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Three Rules for Betting on the 2014 Masters

1)    Forget any Debutants:

Although both Jordan Spieth (50) and Harris English (75) have been tipped up heavily by gurus at generous prices, only Fuzzy Zoeller has won the Masters on his first visit, and that was back in 1979. Admire Spieth for obeying the ‘i before e’ rule, but don’t admire him too much if it involves money. Why aren’t people called Fuzzy anymore though? That is the real question we should be examining.

2)    Keep an Eye on the Shell Houston Open

The chances of missing a cut one week, and winning the biggest Major of them all the following Sunday are pretty remote. Very few players can switch form on and off in such a manner. So sorry Trevor Immelman (240) and Dustin Johnson (29) – both have plenty of positives to talk up when it comes to Augusta, particularly the 2008 Champion from South Africa. But ignore them. Let other suckers waste their money.

3)    Length Matters

Over the past 10 years, Augusta National has favoured longer golfers, and particularly those who are comfortable from around 200 yards away in pinging the green. Big hitters in Georgia can get away with three-putting on the super-fast and mega-undulating greens – the course is effectively a 68 for them. In my opinion, that rules out Graeme McDowell (70), many people’s choice for a British winner this weekend. Augusta simply isn’t for him.

NB. All prices from Betfair

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