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02 Feb 12 21:36
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I know this is slightly off topic currently but with February hitting us i cant help thinking about battle plans ahead for Augusta. Had some really strong results in this event over the years with Olazabal, Johnson, Cabrera and Schwartzel along with some of my team flattering to decieve, DiMarco, Snedeker, Campbell.
Like to get quite a few in the book for this one as with such a short field i feel your odds of interest come sunday evening are quite generous compared to the other majors.
Anyway had my first dabble today, YE Yang at the standout 150,s with Korals, backed this guy a couple of times when finishing just outside the places (8th - 20th) the last two years and as a definate runner feel he is too big. Just needs to eat the par 5,s up a little better to challenge.

Will be adding:

Westwood (16,s) - Gonna win a major this year surely
Ogilvy (66,s) - Top 26 for the last 3 years
Scwartzel (40,s) - He owes me nothing and we have had plenty of dual winners here
D.Johnson (40,s) - Three top 40,s last 3 years with added experience of 'major' pressures.

Anyway thats me, whats your thoughts team betfair ?
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Report marychain1 March 26, 2012 12:04 PM BST
Rickie Fowler isnt someone I normally get involved with but he looks a massive price. Got some matched at 140s and a bit more at a 120s.

He was a debutant at Augusta last year and was going along nicely at halfway having shot -2 and -3 in his first two rounds. Faded into an eventual T38 with a 74 and 76 but can clearly go low there. Form is reasonable this year without smashing the place up; missed just one cut and a best place T7 at the Honda Classic a couple of weeks back.

Ranked 6th in Total Driving and 22nd in Scrambling, I reckon he is one that could well be involved at the business end, although its probably asking a lot for him to win.
Report chelsea_blue March 26, 2012 12:18 PM BST
Tiger - Yesterday was a master class in ball control and how to close out the competition on a Sunday, a joy to watch after some of the Sunday meltdowns seen recently by the likes of Charlie Wi, Ernie Els and Bubba Watson, last night was a lesson in how it's done fellas. Gmac was throwing all sorts his way and he didnt even flinch.

Very Impressive indeed, such a solid and controlled round in those tough windy/firm conditions

I would also just like to give a big shout out to all the generous tiger layers at 10.5 for the masters only last week! Happy

The way Tiger is controlling the ball on a string, hitting long, and now rolling the putts better he's a massive favourite for the Masters, hes competed on Sunday at Augusta with half a game over the last few years, should be a mouth watering prospect in his current form...... roll on next Thursday Happy
Report maggot March 26, 2012 12:22 PM BST
A player I like at a big price. Kevin Na. Has a poor record at Augusta, but I can see him putting that right this year. He is having a great season to date. I've been nibbling at him for quite a while, and he is now a substantial green.
Report SuperFrothy March 26, 2012 12:43 PM BST
I've finally got all of my Geoff Ogilvy order filled, 150-160 is HUGE for a player of his class - multiple WGC winner and Major winner. I saw enough at the Transitions to add him to my side.
Report bristoldoug March 26, 2012 1:32 PM BST
Just noticed how well Trevor Immleman played at the weekend - flew under the radar somewhat. Without doubt his form at Augusta rivals anyone for consistancy with a host of finishes in the top 25. Has to be worthy of consideration at around 150/1
Report donny osmond March 26, 2012 1:37 PM BST
i saw that doug,

but i put a line through ogilvy a while back, hes putting worse than ernie.
Report ericthecat March 26, 2012 1:51 PM BST
Taken Ogilvy and Immelman, Ogilvy only ups his game for the majors now, 2nd or 3rd last year when he came i with exactly the same form, still a contender. Been piling into Immelman @ 200-250 his wrist injury would have scared a few but should see him strengthen now as a very good record at augusta and showing some form
Report ericthecat March 26, 2012 1:56 PM BST
I can not take Na doesn't hit it far enough for me would need to putt like God to be a contender
Report Fallen Angel March 26, 2012 2:44 PM BST
Thought that Woods return to form has occurred at the right time. Has been playing much better for the last month now and a win on the tour can only improve hi confidence. Even when playing badly he has always competed well at Augusta and his stats (GIR 1st and driving accuracy) at the Arnold Palmer are massive attributes on a course where you don't want to end up in the rough. His price has shorted up but seems about right to me.

Only in-play betting for me. Will be backing the final two on sunday and will be looking to lay guys who have traditionally shown a lack of will power in majors if they get too short. Justin Rose would be an in-play lay going into round three if he was out the front after two for instance.
Report d13phe March 26, 2012 3:51 PM BST
Mickelson now 14/1 Shocked
Report kincsem March 26, 2012 6:21 PM BST
I see ranked 177th (last) in 2012 in putts made from 25'+ is Rory McIlroy.  35 attempts, 0 holed. Shocked
Report Mariner Paul March 26, 2012 7:25 PM BST
Can anybody give me a good enough reason not to back Dufner at 160? Surely he will trade lower.
Report HeinzGuderian March 26, 2012 8:16 PM BST
Indeed Maggot,and Tigger attracting all the silly money,and going off at an even sillier price,makes him the LAY of the Century.
The media circus will focus on Woods,leaving Wee Rory to go quietly about his business.
Decision made,and just waiting on the best possible price come Masters week.
I took the £8 on Kevin Na earlier @ 400',which bring my team up to 13.
can't get any luckier than that,huh ? Confused
Report ericthecat March 26, 2012 11:17 PM BST
The only negetive about Dufner is he struggles final day, maybe good for a trade but not for me.

Toms is starting to interest me picked some up @ 370s and has a solid record at Augusta, in the not long enough category but he can putt like God?
Report donny osmond March 26, 2012 11:35 PM BST
dufner has been flying thurs / friday and struggling weekends

maybe a 1st round leader bet beckons if he gets a decent draw
Report kincsem March 26, 2012 11:36 PM BST
Number of majors won by Jack Nicklaus from Tiger Woods present age was 4.
Report SuperFrothy March 26, 2012 11:50 PM BST
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but i put a line through ogilvy a while back, hes putting worse than ernie.

No, just no. Laugh
Report donny osmond March 26, 2012 11:57 PM BST
good luck with him, he might be revived by augusta, but not for me

his putting stats have improved loads since i put my line through him Mischief
Report ericthecat March 27, 2012 12:35 AM BST
Any views on Ryan Moore and Ricky Barnes, both have good Masters records and can play the course?
Report HeinzGuderian March 27, 2012 12:45 AM BST
I have been dabbling in the Ryan Moore market. Always seems to be a massive price.
gawd help me..........I can't stop backing Ryan Palmer !!! Shocked
Report Ski-Wiz March 27, 2012 1:24 AM BST
Does anyone knows when the final selections are made for the masters ?
Report SuperFrothy March 27, 2012 2:15 AM BST
27 Mar 12 00:35 Joined: 09 Mar 07 | Topic/replies: 3,522 | Blogger: ericthecat's blog
Any views on Ryan Moore and Ricky Barnes, both have good Masters records and can play the course?

Moore is a yes for me, good player and can has proved he can play a bit round here. Anything over 200s is a fair price.

Barnes has been god awful apart from one run out this season, he's way too short for me (shorter than Moore!)
Report SuperFrothy March 27, 2012 2:22 AM BST
Didn't realise both Barnes and Moore need a win this week to get in, thought Moore was already in.
Report Kjeldsen March 27, 2012 3:03 AM BST
Final Antepost Portfolio/Possible Shambles Excited

J Rose 66/1
G McDowell 66/1
B Haas 100/1
M Laird 125/1
b]T Immelman[/b] 125/1
T Bjorn 150/1
P Lawrie 500/1
JM Olazabal 540/1

Chomping at the bit for next Thursday, think all golf fans realise we could be in for a classic 4 days with many of the top dogs in sparkling form.

Never thought I would be backing Thomas Bjorn or Paul Lawrie for anything but I think they could really shock people next week. Two guys most famous for throwing away an Open Championship/ winning one under v fortuitous circumstances. However since (arguably) their most famous days in the sun they have claimed 10 Titles between them. They both have very respectable past from round Augusta and are currently striking the ball as well if not better than they ever have. At 150/1 and 500/1 respectively I am happy to throw on a few quid ew.

Gl everyone with your selections- not long to wait now Tongue OutGrin
Report therhino March 27, 2012 6:39 AM BST
Robert Garrigus ain't a bad bet at over 400s, a a 2nd and a tie 2nd this year, very hit and miss but if he's hitting it's a good price, 430s was enough for me to have a dash.
Report chelsea_blue March 27, 2012 9:44 AM BST
Looking to get into mickelson early in play next thursday - get some big value when he starts slowly, then hopefully he can fire it up over the weekend Happy
Report alearningcurve March 27, 2012 12:55 PM BST
why is Martin Kaymer available at 60/1 and better? Surely this price does not reflect his chances. If Kaymer turns up with his A game he could smash this.
Also liking the big prices on stricker - another class act with a superb iron game and demon putter

Report ericthecat March 27, 2012 1:18 PM BST
Its well documented that Kaymer struggles around Augusta and this is backed up by 4 missed cuts and never having broken 70! On the avoid list.

Stricker has has decent record without ever having really contended, but as you say a class player, has chances.
Report Ski-Wiz March 27, 2012 1:50 PM BST
Well you said above....feel free to hoover all the prices up to odds of 100MischiefMischiefMischief
Report TITCH 1 March 27, 2012 8:09 PM BST
Third bet in this event, Stricker at 50's. Played 4 events this year with 3 top 10's including a win, a reasonable record around here without setting the world alight, like the fact he has played the par 5's 20 under for the last 3 years and we know he can put like a god. So far;

Yang @ 150's

Stricker @ 50's

No new major winner @ 8-13
Report 82mountie March 27, 2012 9:18 PM BST

I'm perfectly articulate thank you so there is no need to be throwing insults around. I was merely pointing out that this is a Masters forum and you are just going to make yourself look like an idiot by correcting people's spelling.

Bo Van Pelt is starting to look like a fantastic bet at 150s currently on Betfair. Joint most Top 10s this year and in very good form. He ranks highly in most relevant stats (Par 5 scoring, most putting)and also played very well last year to finish T8. Has played well in high class fields on other occasions too in WGC earlier this year and I have a feeling he won a tournament overseas towards the end of 2011 that included a selection of the worlds best.

Decent recent form too and I am struggling to find any negatives.
Report HeinzGuderian March 28, 2012 1:22 AM BST
Stricker is currently available at 70.
Yang is curremtly available at 170.

Hunter must have a decent shout.
Report maggot March 28, 2012 6:22 PM BST
Webb Simpson @ 90s Shocked
Report million1 March 28, 2012 8:22 PM BST
good friend of mine has cleaned up on big tournaments last 3 years---has been telling me for weeks to back charles howell==330 on here got to be worth couple of quid ?
Report Kjeldsen March 28, 2012 8:38 PM BST
Trying to talk myself out of a big bet on Rory to complete my mental Portfolio GrinGrin

Main Selections

J Rose 66/1
G McDowell 66/1
B Haas 100/1
M Laird 125/1
T Immelman 125/1

For Trading

T Bjorn 210
P Lawrie 520
JM Olazabal 830/1

Can't remember such anticipation before a Major. Almost all the game's top dogs are playing out of their skin at the moment and if they all show up with their A-Game it's gonna be an absolute stone-cold classic.

8 days to go ExcitedExcited
Report kincsem March 28, 2012 9:03 PM BST
Charl Schwartzel...50
Keegan Bradley...50
Angel Cabrera...130
Thomas Bjorn...200
Anthony Kim...300
Edoardo Molinari...369
Johnson Wagner...378
Simon Dyson    ...402
Brendan Steele...723
Kevin Chappell...958

€410 squandered on the above.
Report Kjeldsen March 28, 2012 9:33 PM BST
Think you are going to get a v exciting run for your money there Kincsem Cool
Report demoncleaner March 29, 2012 11:10 AM BST
Just one bet so far. Have taken 300 on here for sean o'hair.
Game is bubbling up nicely for augusta. Would've challenged in bay hill but for one bad hole, the 6th (he's in the book for next year!). Also has a decent masters record. From some brief research i see he has one MC but all other finishes were in top 30 incl one top 10. Overall, he could provide some decent trading opportunities. Have covered him offf in Redstone as well in case he peaks this week.

Hope Watney continues to drift....was 50s weeks back, now 70s on here.....he'll be my main bet as well as Mahan.
Report maggot March 30, 2012 4:52 PM BST
Ed Molly @ 530
Ryan Palmer @ 510
Webb @ 100

Report yoyoking March 31, 2012 8:29 AM BST
Charles Schwartzel all in for me going to have a major year again
Report khpunter March 31, 2012 9:52 AM BST
Ryan Palmer +16767.52
Hunter Mahan +2805.77
Scott Stallings +2398.81
Bill Haas +1993.35
Kyle Stanley +1079.61
Martin Laird +1184.37
Bo Van Pelt +1709.72
YE Yang +1021.41
Brandt Snedeker +873.29
Ian Poulter +784.44
Ryo Ishikawa +705.19
David Toms +448.14
Antony Kim +508.86

Field -167

Might have a lump on Rory next week before it starts.
Report khpunter March 31, 2012 9:54 AM BST
So much went right for Schwartzel last year he's due some horrendous luck at Augusta
Report HeinzGuderian March 31, 2012 11:13 AM BST
It's certainly shaping up to be a classic.
Tigger....the quiet,unasuming,family man,out to take a step closer to Mr Nicklaus's Major tally.
Wee Rory.....the young lad from Holywood,Northern Ireland,who doesn't hold grudges.....except against Augusta.
Big Phil.......arrogant,focused,determined to put in yet more bogey free rounds. If only he would acknowledge the spectators more.
Lee John......the jovial joker,care free,Major free,filled with glee.
Cool Hand Luuuuuuuke.......hits it the perverbial mile.But will his fiery temper hold up under pressure ?
Rosey.....always a slow starter,but solid as a Robert Rock,when he hits the lead.
Charl.....defending Champion,but can we really take much more of that gawd awful South African accent ?
Scotty/Stevie.......will the long putter work its magic,or will Mr Williams be too busy looking over his shoulder ?
Jason G'Day.......that prolific winner,often compared with Wee Rory by our Oz chums. Surely his time is near. collared,happy go lucky,hell raiser. His length is his weakness.
Bradley Keegan.....tipped up by my good self at over 100,when others were happy taking 80 ? Less than half that price now,sure to go very close.
Wee Dusty......the forgotten man of this Tournament ? Maybe. Not long of the tee,but putts for fun.
El Moanio......laid back,always in control of his emotions,can we expect the usual surge from Serg ?
Sir Nick Watney........if only he knew what day of the week it was......
G'Mac........pronounced 'DOE ELL,where I,and he,comes from.In the name of baby jeebus...NOOOOOOOO !!!!
Which brings us neatly onto The Webb. Ayee,now there's the rub. If anyone in this entire field is over priced,it is he. Comfortable in his belief in the Mighty Zeus,will the gawds be smiling on Homer,come Sunday ?
SS Stricker......dismal with the flat stick !!!

The only others to note are The Hunter,William Haas,Mr Palmer and Robert Wagner. Personally I wouldn't put YOUR money on them !!!!

So,to sum up...............It's John Huh,to stroll home.
Kevin Na to win in a play off,and Wee Rory by a distance.

Report ericthecat March 31, 2012 11:24 AM BST
Nice KH you really fancy Palmer don't you.

I will post my book wednesday night, but please no runnaway winner (unless its stallingsTongue Out)
Report Ski-Wiz March 31, 2012 12:56 PM BST
HG....agree with you about Webb....over priced and i have already taken some.....also Fowler was over priced and taken 140 and 150 odds.
Report SuperFrothy March 31, 2012 1:39 PM BST
I have also jumped aboard the Webb Simpson train, it's massive. I make him a 50/1 shout at best.
Report Ski-Wiz March 31, 2012 2:35 PM BST
Took some of Kaymer at 100 during the week......with money going on Tiger.....plenty of opportunity to grab some excellent values
Report CrowsEye March 31, 2012 3:22 PM BST
Good luck with Kaymer. Couldn't back with confidence.
Report CrowsEye March 31, 2012 3:23 PM BST
Rosey.....always a slow starter,but solid as a Robert Rock,when he hits the lead.

Sounds like the opposite of popular speculation.
Report Ski-Wiz March 31, 2012 4:41 PM BST

Mar 31, 2012 -- 9:22AM, CrowsEye wrote:

Good luck with Kaymer. Couldn't back with confidence.

I wouldn't either....but he will be a good trade

Report PeteTheBloke March 31, 2012 9:41 PM BST
These players - as far as I can tell - are not listed as players at the Masters website.
Does that mean they are non-runners? They are still listed in the BF market. Could they possibly play?

Kim Anthony    
Allenby Robert    
Kirk Chris    
Appleby Stuart    
Vegas Jhonattan
Barnes Ricky    
Els Ernie    
Goosen Retief    
Huh John    
Manassero Matteo
Moore Ryan     
Noh Seung-Yul    
Overton Jeff     
Pettersson Carl
Piercy Scott     
Points D.A.     
Villegas Camilo
Report kincsem March 31, 2012 10:46 PM BST
^ They could play if they win this week, or if they are invited to play.  I have a bet on Anthony Kim, and will get a refund when he does not play.
Report therhino April 1, 2012 1:03 AM BST
How many pints of Guinness inspired that write up Heinz? Very entertaining.
About bloody time people started jumping on Webb, can't believe he went 95-100s. Getting very excited now, got a big night on Thursday and will be home to watch round 1 straight after. Fantastic that the tournament is on over the long Easter weekend, will be able to watch all 4 rounds start to finish.
Report ericthecat April 1, 2012 1:25 AM BST
Loving Hunter Mahan Backed him @ 55, 60, 65, 70 , 75s and cashed out all but 2k to win on him @ 50s.

Been loving karlsson and Fisher @ 300s+ and 400s+ aswell

Sold some cabrera @ 110 tonight maybe buy him back @ 200s if its offered
Report marychain1 April 1, 2012 1:26 AM BST
Sounds like plenty of us are on the Webb Simpson train.

My book looks like this:

Scott +£500
Simpson +£1500
Stricker +£500
Kaymer +£500
Fowler +£1500

Field -£50
Report HeinzGuderian April 1, 2012 2:09 AM BST
No Guinness for me Rhino........horrible stuff !!
I see Mr Palmer is going well in Texas. By far my biggest winner.
Report therhino April 1, 2012 2:51 AM BST
Guinness is sensational. Are you not an Irishman? What would Darren Clarke say if he read that AngryAngry
Report PeteTheBloke April 1, 2012 9:00 AM BST

Thanks. The Masters website says the final list will be out today. Is that absolutely final?
Report maggot April 1, 2012 11:29 AM BST
Bit of a joke that John Huh wins the Mayakoba, and misses out because it's not full Fed-Ex points. I'm hoping that he gets an invite, as he is rather a lumpy green for me.
Report bardo April 1, 2012 11:52 AM BST
almost nobody on here has mentioned Lee Westwood as a contender

He is always in the mix and came 2nd in the Masters 2010 and has finished in the top 3 of majors tournaments 5 times since 2009Wink

People think he doesn't have the bottle to win a major and perhaps its true that he loses his nerve a little but his recent record in majors is good.

think all this talk about Tiger, Rory, Phil etc is just way too easy, punters need to look beyond the obvious picks here,

I reckon the winner is more likely to be a dark horse like Schwartzel was last year

Would so love to see Westwood win here.
Report kavvie April 1, 2012 12:09 PM BST
luke donald is a great price here.18.5.consistent and reliable.he will give u a good run for your money
Report HeinzGuderian April 1, 2012 12:43 PM BST
irish ? No thanks !! And if Guinness was the last soup on earth,I'd be drinking water !!
Report HeinzGuderian April 1, 2012 12:46 PM BST
Not sure Westwoods putting and short game is up to the Augusta test.
The top 3 in the betting are going to attract most of the money,but as proven above,there are a fair few others being mentioned,besides them.
Report jayjay234 April 1, 2012 1:11 PM BST
you're an idiot heinz... plain and simple. the only hope society has with the hateful likes of you in its make up is the theory of natural selection.
Report HeinzGuderian April 1, 2012 8:02 PM BST
You may not agree with my tips,Wee Buddy,but do let us try and keep this civilised,huh ? Grin
Report the stunning April 1, 2012 8:05 PM BST
Good job you didn't see the deleted postLaugh
Report HeinzGuderian April 1, 2012 8:10 PM BST

I'm not sure where I said I 'hated' anyone ? I'm one of the few who actually likes Mark Roe.
Report jayjay234 April 1, 2012 10:56 PM BST
I am keeping this civilized. Ive been reading your uneducated, ill informed statements for over a year now.I think you think what I wrote is uncivilized you should try reading it again... Slower this time.
Report jayjay234 April 1, 2012 10:57 PM BST
I am keeping this civilized. Ive been reading your uneducated, ill informed statements for over a year now.If think you think what I wrote is uncivilized you should try reading it again... Slower this time.
Report jayjay234 April 1, 2012 10:59 PM BST
'if you think what I wrote'...typo's, if only there were an app?!
Report HeinzGuderian April 1, 2012 11:07 PM BST
LaughLaughLaugh I'm thinking you are the one full of hatred,Wee Buddy !!
Chill out,this is a golf forum. If you have anything to add to it,please do.
If not,the take your toys and head back to the football forum !! Cool
Report ericthecat April 1, 2012 11:44 PM BST
Pretty much taken all my money out of Mahan now @ 38s its too short now for me. I really rate Mahan but think the Masters may not be his best chance of a major. His only weakness is his chipping and you have to chip well at Augusta, also back to back wins is unusal, may trade him in running.
Report Kjeldsen April 2, 2012 3:48 AM BST
V, v excited now, just 3 days to go ExcitedExcited

Some fantastic value prices out there so here are my thoughts fwiw. Gl with all bets folks HappyHappy

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson are all heading into the season's first Major in prime form but at almost 3 times the price of his two main rivals it's the San Diego native who gets the nod to lift his fourth Masters crown at a very attractive 12/1.

Mickelson is enjoying another stellar year with victory at Pebble Beach in February followed by a Playoff loss to Bill Haas at The Northern Trust Open the very next week. He ranks 3rd on official PGA Stats this season for Strokes Gained-Putting, is 14th in Scrambling and 26th in Par 5 Performance, three key areas for this week's challenge at Augusta. The Masters Champion of 2004, 2006 and 2010 covets this tournament above all others and with the world's media focused on a rejuvenated Tiger Woods and the outstanding young talent that is Rory McIlroy, Mickelson will be aided by a lower than usual profile in his quest for a fourth Masters title.

Woods and McIlroy will of course be very tough to beat and are afforded maximum respect. Woods has been playing more like the champion of old in recent months and his outstanding performance when holding off a spirited Graeme McDowell to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational will have filled him with confidence as he attempts to lift his first Masters crown since 2005. However he has demonstrated some vulnerability with his putter over the past year or two, namely with makeable birdie putts and putts for par that at his peak he would have sank with almost monotonous regularity. The winner will be the man with the hottest putter of the week and at as short as 4/1 favourite, and with Paddy Power offering money back to all punters if he wins, Tiger is not for me.

The impact Rory McIlroy has had on the world of golf of in the past two years is almost impossible to quantify. He is an outstanding natural talent who has started to fulfil his potential in the most spectacular way with a demolition job at Congressional last year on his way to his first Major Championship at The US Open. The course at Augusta sets up perfectly for his eye and with an impressive victory this season at The Honda Classic already under his belt he looks set to go very close to lifting the first of what could be multiple Masters titles and he is in my view the most likely winner. However although he is generally immaculate from tee to green, he is a solid putter without being spectacular and does not convert as many of his opportunities for birdies or tournament victories as he should. With last year's Final Round collapse sure to play on his mind if he gets in contention on Sunday night I am prepared to give him a miss at 5/1.

Justin Rose has been on my shortlist for this year's event for several months now and although the fancy prices have gone he is still well worth backing at 33/1 with **** offer of 6 places. Always a very strong iron player he has developed the winning instinct over the past few seasons with four PGA Tour victories in the past two years, including both The Memorial AND the AT & T National in 2010. He is enjoying an outstanding season with victory at The World Golf Championships- Cadillac Championship last month coming hot on the heels of his fifth place at The Honda Classic. He ranks 11th in Greens In Regulation this season and 19th in Ball Striking and with an excellent Masters record of 11-20-36-5-22 in his past five appearances he looks primed to challenge very strongly for his first Major.

The 2010 US Open Champion Graeme McDowell is playing right at the peak of his powers at the moment and he rates excellent value at 66/1 with Stan James to add a Green Jacket to his trophy cabinet. The Northern Ireland man feels he has not done himself justice at Augusta during his career so far and resolved to change that this season by adopting a busier than usual schedule in the build-up to the year's first Major in order to hone his game. It is a decision that has reaped dividends with his three PGA appearances in March yielding a 9th, 13th and a battling runner-up finish to Tiger at Bay Hill. At The 2009 Masters he opened and closed with excellent rounds of 69 so we know he can handle the course and a US Open Champion should be right at home with the lightning fast greens and intense pressure that will face the competitors on a Sunday afternoon at Augusta. He ranks 17th in GIR and 30th in Strokes Gained-Putting and has everything in his locker that a potential Masters Champion needs.

For our final selection I have a question: what price would you expect for a recent Masters Champion whose last four visits to Augusta have yielded a 15-14-20-WIN and who is coming off the back of an excellent 11th place finish at The Arnold Palmer Invitational last week where he ranked 1st in Putts Per Round? How about 100/1 for The 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman? The humble South African has endured a torrid time with injuries, both before and after his finest hour four years ago, but has been showing some exciting recent signs that his form is returning. His effort at Bay Hill was no flash in the pan as he had already posted a fine 12th place result at The Waste Management Phoenix Open in February. With Paddy Power and **** both offering six places each way this is no 100/1 shot in my book.

P Mickelson 12/1 3pts win (Skybet & BetVictor)

J Rose 33/1 1.5pts ew (**** 1/4 odds first 6 places)

G McDowell 66/1 1pt ew (Stan James 1/4 odds first 5 places)

T Immelman 100/1 0.5pt ew (Paddy Power & **** 1/4 odds first 6 places)

Already advised:

T Bjorn 230
P Lawrie 500
JM Olazabal 730
Report lofty84 April 2, 2012 9:14 AM BST
Just the 6 for me....

Justin Rose      +$6,962.31
Nick Watney      +$7,614.56
Webb Simpson      +$7,884.13
K.J. Choi      +$11,076.98
Bill Haas      +$9,108.89
Fredrik Jacobson  +$10,450.00

Field: -$650

Been backing these guys for the last 3-4 months, got great price on Rose (avg 82/1 Excited) but not so great on Simpson (avg 62/1) & Jacobsen (209/1).

GL all, can't wait!!!!
Report therhino April 2, 2012 9:21 AM BST
Jacobsen is an interesting one. He most certainly has the right stuff on the greens, just whether the rest of his game is up to it. Still debating him.
Report Deplasterer April 2, 2012 10:56 AM BST
Only one real bet so far, Luke at 18's. Boy wonder & Phil will be hard to beat, don't fancy tiger, also had the usual w&pl on Pod, may get a trade hopefully. Will add one more, maybe Webb as seems popular with the forumites here. Will try and make my dough on the 3/2 ball markets through the week.

GL all, love this tourney, next only to The Open IMO.
Report HeinzGuderian April 2, 2012 11:09 AM BST
Masters Monday for me entails purchasing a few cases of Magners Pear Cider and a bottle of Aberlour Scotch Whiskey. ( for the weekend )
The High Street Shops will be doing special offers concerning Woods and Wee Rory,so I would advise waiting until Wednesday before going in heavilly on those Two.

Agree with you there Paddy,The Masters is my favourite Tournament of the whole year,apart from The Open,but only because the Beeb do such great coverage.

Three more days of looking longingly at the fridge and the Masters's like Krimbo....only much more exciting !! Excited
Report Deplasterer April 2, 2012 11:18 AM BST
Heinz my local Super Valu were doing specials on the old Pear cider on Friday, hope you helped yourself to some? Calsberg, pringles and various nibbles got, no Sky unfortunately so its Five Live for me Thurs/Fri and highlights on the beeb, thankfully live at the weekend to see Lukee boy out gun ythe rest!Tongue Out
Report Ski-Wiz April 2, 2012 11:22 AM BST
Kjeldsen ''The impact Rory McIlroy has had on the world of golf of in the past two years is almost impossible to quantify.''

Actually it isn't.....very average.....won a few tournaments with flashes of brilliance.....layers dream because he's over-rated thus low odds at the start.....ridiculously too low when he gets one birdie on Thursday
Report therhino April 2, 2012 11:28 AM BST
LaughLaugh Magners Pear Cider. LaughLaugh Don't forget your tampons sweetheart
Report HeinzGuderian April 2, 2012 11:30 AM BST
Missed that Paddy.......I shop in Asda !! 8 tins for just over £7. !!

Now,now Wee Buddy.......absolutely no bitching allowed on Masters Week. LaughLaughLaugh

Embrace the pear !!! Grin
Report HeinzGuderian April 2, 2012 11:34 AM BST
Paddy,you can watch the live coverage from A-Men Corner on the PGA Website.
Report SN02 April 2, 2012 11:35 AM BST
KJ gr8 read thanks. Going to sort my buffet out at some point and won't be buying myself a sherry whiskey - Aberlour - WOW - that would be gone on day 1 !!!!!!
Report Ski-Wiz April 2, 2012 11:35 AM BST
HG...''Aberlour Scotch Whiskey'''.....You sure you bought a bottle???.....It's Aberlour Single Malt Scotch Whisky (no bloody 'e').....gggrrrrrrAngryAngryAngryAngry

Any whisky spelt with an 'e' tend to be foreign rubbish....after all no one makes them better than the Scottish...Grin
Report HeinzGuderian April 2, 2012 11:43 AM BST

Ski.....chill out son. There is an unwritten rule in Major Weeks;'absolutely no bitching allowed.....whatsoever'!!!

That's Two hissy fits you've had already this morning. One more Wee Buddy,and you'll be consigned to the sin bin with 'jayjay' !!

Do you really want that ? Well,do ya ??? ShockedLaughLaugh
Report therhino April 2, 2012 11:44 AM BST
LaughLaugh Truth be told, Ms Rhino is steadily working her way through a case of Rekoderlig at the moment, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't partial to a swig of the Strawberry and Lime. But for the Masters... Shame. Jack Daniels all the way for me Ski, I'm a heathen.
Report mattyj3nks86 April 2, 2012 11:50 AM BST
Looking at peoples bets on here for this tournament doesnt seem like there are that mean people backinig tiger, mcilroy.

Seem alot of people have faith in the following players winning:
- mickelson
- westwood
- rose
- mahan
- johnson
- stricker
- choi
- fowler

Im looking to back a few players to win outright but cant seem to pick a definate few, was looking at mickelson, rose, choi
Report stonecold- April 2, 2012 11:54 AM BST
does anyone know the reason bo van pelt pulled out of tourney couple weeks ago?
Report Ski-Wiz April 2, 2012 12:03 PM BST
HG.....oh!! i never bitch.....i don't throw a hissy fit....ShockedShocked....but plenty of banterHappyHappy

As an Englishmen and a regular whisky drinker...minimum 12 years old and 95% are single malt....i was merely defending the Scottish pride....ramping the quality and spelling distinction of their the hope they don't vote for independence WinkWink
Report Ski-Wiz April 2, 2012 12:04 PM BST
Rhino....JD only taste good on a night out with coke (the fizzy liquid type)LaughLaugh
Report HeinzGuderian April 2, 2012 12:07 PM BST
'As an Englishmen' ? Hmmmm,actually that explains quite a lot. Grin

You will,of course,know the oldest Whiskey Distillery in the world is Bushmills . They spell it Whiskey. Cool
Report therhino April 2, 2012 12:14 PM BST
Fizzy liquid type/White powdery type... Anything goes it's Masters week Ski Shocked Crazy
Report Ski-Wiz April 2, 2012 12:19 PM BST

Apr 2, 2012 -- 6:07AM, HeinzGuderian wrote:

'As an Englishmen' ? Hmmmm,actually that explains quite a lot. You will,of course,know the oldest Whiskey Distillery in the world is Bushmills . They spell it Whiskey.

Didn't know that.....but i do like the Black Bush

Report Deplasterer April 2, 2012 12:24 PM BST
If Luke were to win it's a G&T for me, Pod to win it'll be A&E for me!Laugh
Report Ski-Wiz April 2, 2012 12:26 PM BST
Currently have Glenfiddich single malt 18 years old....Jonny Walker Blue Label.....Jura.....A case of Chateaneuf Da Papa red wine.....but a damn tooth infection given to me by a dentist last week means i'm on antibiotics and can't drink until Wednesday.....bloody hope the infections goes away as strong painkillers making me grumpy and drowsy....also in damn pain....Mahan winning yesterday somehow made the pain disappear for 5 mins....human body is a weird collections of atoms....or should it be elements???
Report marychain1 April 2, 2012 1:47 PM BST
therhino 02 Apr 12 11:44
Truth be told, Ms Rhino is steadily working her way through a case of Rekoderlig at the moment, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't partial to a swig of the Strawberry and Lime. But for the Masters... Shame. Jack Daniels all the way for me Ski, I'm a heathen.

My missus has just started drinking that stuff. I'd never heard of it before. She's just bought a load from Tesco.
Report marychain1 April 2, 2012 1:50 PM BST
@ Ski-Wiz its a myth you cant drink on antibiotics, as there are only two of the dozens of different antibiotics that are affeted by alcohol. However, one of them is methotrexate, often used by dentists, so you could be scoobied anyway.
Report Kjeldsen April 2, 2012 2:11 PM BST
Cheers SN02 have a gr8 wk mate GrinGrin
Report Ski-Wiz April 2, 2012 4:11 PM BST
mary....also got painkillers of says on the alcohol otherwise it will amplify it's effect.....what exactly does it amplify it doesn't say.
Report SN02 April 2, 2012 4:18 PM BST
I have a small book running so far - liability 170 - going to take it up to 500 before the start - last real book on golf was decent wins 2k+ on dj and mickleson when clarke won ( still see that ball bouncing over the bunker ) . Any thoughts on leaving rory and woods, I have but woods looks certain to do something - obv the value with people in the 40s - 120 ish range.

Thoughts appreciated

As for whisky - ey - I love the stuff , none in at the moment - like mine to be salty and smokey aka bowmore

gl all
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