US Masters 2013

The World of Golf is revelling in the battle for the Number One spot between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Victory for Woods in the Arnold Palmer Invitational elevated him to the top of the world rankings for the first time since October 2010. It was a third tour win of the season and heaped further pressure on his new Nike “stable companion” Rory McIlroy ahead of the first major tournament of the season.

Bookmakers have been quick to slash the odds on Woods winning his fifth US Masters and he is 100-30 favourite ahead of McIlroy at 9-1. A closer look at the record of Woods at Augusta reveals that he has finished in the top six in eleven of the last sixteen Masters, a phenomenal record in any major. There will be plenty willing to take odds of around 3-1 but it is difficult to argue that the price offers any great value.

 

McIlroy won’t need reminding that he collapsed to a final round 80 here in 2011 but more worrying is his recent form since the change of manufacturer. He will undoubtedly find form at some point but a bigger threat to Woods could come from his compatriot Phil Mickelson. His record at Augusta compares quite favourably with Woods, having only been out of the top six four times in fourteen years. He has already chalked up a tour victory this season and at odds of 12-1 he looks a solid investment for a top three finish.

 

Another player worth supporting is South African Louis Oosthuizen at 30-1 with Skybet. He had missed the cut on all three visits to Augusta prior to last year when an albatross on the second hole in the final round took him to the top of the leaderboard. He was eventually beaten by Bubba Watson in a playoff but he too has been quick out of the blocks this season with an early tour victory. With Skybet offering ¼ odds for the first five places, he is worth each-way support.

 

1 pt each-way Phil Mickelson 12-1 @  Skybet

1 pt each-way Louis Oosthuizen 30-1 @  Skybet