Masters 2014 Betting Preview

The first major of the season gets underway on the 10th April, as golf’s great and good battle it out on the Augusta fairways for their chance to be crowned the 2014 Masters champion. We’ve previewed our favourites chances ahead of what we hope will be a profitable weekend. 

Rory McIlroy – 10/1rory-mcilroy 2

McIlroy may be over the worst of the poor run that cost him top spot in the world rankings, but his status as Masters favourite remains shaky. In the absence of Tiger Woods, many expect Rory to assert his supremacy but in terms of winning titles, he isn’t in the same league. He hasn’t won on a major tour since 2012 and is developing a bad habit of starting tournaments brilliantly before stalling near the finishing line. That was the case when runner-up in the Honda Classic, and a disastrous final day collapse three years ago remains his most memorable Masters effort. Four of his last six weekend rounds at Augusta were 76 or worse.

Adam Scott – 12/1 

If you’re backing according to recent form, the defending champion must arrive at Augusta as the man to beat. Scott has gone from strength to strength since that breakthrough triumph, winning three further titles and steadily closing the gap on Tiger Woods in the world rankings. He’s now made the top-five in four of the last six majors, and finished top-eight in the last three Masters. Failure to convert what seemed an unassailable lead last time at Bay Hill must be dismissed as an out of character blip, and it is hard to imagine a final day leaderboard without Scott.

Phil Mickelson – 14/1phil-mickelson

The ultimate Augusta specialist. Mickelson has won this title three times and registered a remarkable 14 top-tens since 1995. Trend-watchers will doubtless point to the fact that nobody has won a US major past the age of forty this century, but a career-best effort to win last year’s Open proved he’s no back number. With age, he’s become more adept at preparing for majors, not peaking too early, so last week’s 12th looks ideal.

Jason Day – 17/1

Very few players have made such an immediate impact in the Masters as Day, who in only three visits has finished second and third. A big-hitter with a magical short game, the Aussie clearly has the perfect skills-set for Augusta and will surely win this major at some point in what seems set to be a prolific career. Indeed, elite victories at the World Cup and World Match Play had propelled him forward, but a thumb injury has caused him to miss the last few weeks and rather quelled that momentum.

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