As with any major championship there are a host of side markets priced up in The Masters which gives us another opportunity to bank a bit of cash. Almost all of the nationalities on show at Augusta National have their own market priced up as do all the various finishing positions and a few other markets.
Some of the markets are more loaded than others but there is plenty of value around if you sift through them all. We’ve done just that and have found three bets to take in the hope of landing some extra profit.
In total there are four Spaniards teeing it up this week but with no disrespect intended to Jose Maria Olazabal I think there are only three men who can realistically win this market and they are Jon Rahm, the defending champion Sergio Garcia and Rafael Cabrera Bello.
It is the latter that I like from that group as I have doubts over the other challengers. When you defend this title a lot of your time is taken up by events like the Champions Dinner and the media obligations let alone in this case where Garcia is defending a major for the first time. Rahm should have the game for this course but his temperament concerns me.
There are no such concerns over Cabrera Bello and he is in decent enough nick after a good start to the season in Europe and a good performance in the WGC event in Mexico last month. An acceptable showing in the Match Play should tune him up for this and he already has a top 20 finish around here. If the putter cooperates he can see off his three compatriots.
This is another skinny market with just four challengers in it but that does not mean there is no value in it. Jason Day is the understandable favourite for the market but in Marc Leishman, Adam Scott and Cameron Smith the contenders are pretty strong.
Day won at Torrey Pines earlier in the season which will have done his confidence no harm but I’m going to take him on. In fairness both Leishman and Scott look slightly off their top game so it is Smith I am going to go with.
Smith has performed well in majors before which is important and he arrives here with some good form in key tournaments not least at Riviera where he was sixth. He made the quarter finals of the Match Play too so he is going nicely at the minute and if Day doesn’t perform to capabilities it could be Smith who lands the Australian honours.
This can be a dangerous market to bet on because missed cuts for the entire field can’t be ruled out but I don’t think that will be the case here given the form of some from the Champions Tour. In total there are eight seniors teeing it up this week with the market suggesting three of them have a better chance of winning than the others.
I agree with that. The three in question are Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer and Vijay Singh. We shouldn’t really completely rule out someone like Larry Mize who still has a decent effort in him on his day but I do think this will be between the main three and it is Vijay Singh I like. Langer isn’t dominating the Champions Tour this season while Couples comes in here light on competitive reps which isn’t good.
Singh is in good touch. He won a tournament on the Champions Tour last month in fine style with a pair of 68s and a 66 and he has a good record around this golf course. It might be that making the cut is enough here but four solid rounds certainly will be so I’ll side with the Fijian in the oldies market.
Back R.Cabrera Bello Top Spaniard for a 1/10 stake at 6.00 with BetVictor
WON – Back C.Smith Top Australian for a 1/10 stake at 7.00 with Boylesports
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Back V.Singh Top Senior for a 2/10 stake at 3.30 with Betfair
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