With wins currently on the board this year for Steve Striker, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickleson, Luke Donald and a guy called Tiger, a whole slew of players come into this championship in great form. Have a look though our Pros hints when choosing that you believe will be donning the famed Green Jacket come Sunday evening. US MASTERS KEY POINTS – Back an outsider – Four of the this past 5 debutante have started the tournament at 100\/1 or bigger, so don’t be afraid to look for the value. Clearly most punters will accumulate in Woods, McIlrory, Mickelson and Donald, but it may be smart to look beyond them.
In the end who’d have predicted wins for Schwartz, Immelmann or Cabrera. Avoid debutants – together with the first two champions, Fuzzy Zoeller is the just player to win the Experts on his first look. Jason Days 276 was the smallest round for a debutant up to now, but despite an unbelievable performance last year he was two shots of the lead. Avoid the Aussies – There haven’t been any Australian champions in the history of the Masters. Greg Norman came closest, but blew a 6 shot guide in 1996. Adam Scott was odds-on nevertheless when leading last year, until ultimate winner Charl Schwartz went on an incredible birdie spree.
Consider the Americans – It’s true that only one American has won to this past 4 years, but go back further to the record books and it’s obvious that the Americans are rather dominant at Augusta, having won 9 of this past 15 championships. Look beyond big hitters – It’s a myth that only big hitters do well at Augusta. You only have to look in Jos Mara Olazbal, Mark O’Meara and latest Winners Zach Johnson and Mike Weir, none of that was famous for their length off the tee. But DO concentrate on good putter – Whilst It’s hard to pin point the exact profile of a good Experts player, one thing that’s crucial is putting.
Only Luke Donald, who finished tied 4th, putted better than Schwartz this past year, and that kind of stat isn’t unusual at Augusta. Do not be scared to bet in play, but concentrate on the top of the ranking – Last year’s winner was tied seventh after around one and that’s the furthest back any winner has been to six years after day one. Back a final around hole-in one – At the this past 8 years there have been 7 hole-in ones, but an amazing 6 of those have come at the sixteenth throughout the final round. Victor Chandler are offering 9\/4 for the first hole-in one to come at the 16th. LIKELY CONTENDERS AND TIPS – World Number one Luke Donald finished tied for 4th last year and will certainly be in the mix once again.