US Masters 2012: Dark horses and sneaky bets

April 5, 2012

Here are a few last minute tips ahead of tomorrow’s US Masters.

usmasters1The US Masters has, more often than not, tended to favour the more experienced golfer. And the more experience playing at Augusta National that experienced golfer has, the better.

Here, for what they are worth, are my tips for the US Masters this week, along with a few dark horses and sneaky bets which are unique to this event.

The Winner
I’ve been on the Luke Donald train for the past three or four weeks and I’ll stick with him. His win at the Transitions Championship saw him back at world number one and with one of the best putting strokes on tour, he is a massive chance to win his first major.

The other one I like is Phil Mickelson. He is once again peaking perfectly for this event and will probably be the least nervous of any golfer in the field if he is in contention for his fourth green jacket on Sunday.

Dark Horses
KJ Choi has had two top-10s in his last two starts at Augusta and another Top-10 finish is a good bet. Steve Stricker has good recent form to back him for a Top-20 finish at the very least

There is often an old experienced head who keeps up with the main pack for most of the tournament. I’m backing Fred Couples for another Top-20 finish this year. Lastly, it’s hard to believe last year’s winner Charl Schwartzel is around 40-1!

Sneaky bets
The invitational, sentimental nature of the US Masters means there are a lot of old blokes in the field who will struggle with the length of the golf course, and if you take a look at some of the 3 balls, you can discount a few of them.

Ian Woosnam, Craig Stadler and Ben Crenshaw are in the field courtesy of their previous victories here, and  they are all at long odds to beat their playing partners. Take a look at the groupings and see if you can narrow down a 3 ball to two, by discounting the old fella. It might make things a little easier.

Leading Aussie
And just because I keep getting asked, I’m going with Adam Scott as the leading Aussie. Closely followed by Geoff Ogilvy.

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  1. Carl says:

    Interesting strategy. The best I could pick out was Webb Simpson over Brandt Snedeker and Mike Weir. It’s all a bit of a lottery isn’t it?

  2. Lottery, yes. I must agree Carl. Particularly golf betting!

  3. I like Bubba Watson to win it all. He has the lenght and very creative on his short game. He would look good in green. But, I also like your second pick of Phil Mickelson. He is a great fan favorite. Yeah, I’am a lefty also. But, I would like to see Hunter Mahan win too. He just goes about his business and seems to always be in the top ten.