5 players to watch at the Masters
Cape Town - We’re only a week out from the Masters and already the
schemers are planning where to lay their pre-tournament bets for the 2018
edition at Augusta National.
Here’s a list of five fancied players heading into the
Green is going to look good
on one of these five!
Jordan Spieth - 13/1
Not quite the now or never for Spieth as he looks to
overcome his 12th hole voodoo. That episode was two years ago now and while not
yet out of his mind completely, he is playing himself into top billing for
Augusta. Already the Champion Golfer of the Year, the American will walk away
with this if he brings a warm putter along.
Justin Rose - 15/1
If you are in the school that thinks Sergio Garcia’s win
last year was fitting, then the man he beat in the playoff avenging that loss
in 2018 would make for an equalling compelling script. The Englishman arrives
at almost every Major as a strong contender and does so again now. His form
through the last few months of 2017 (a bunch of wins and a stream of top 10
finishes) and in the absence of any of golf’s mega-stars arriving in sublime
form, means the gritty Rose is the man to beat. Cue the South Africans
reminding everyone he was born in Johannesburg.
Bubba Watson - 17/1
At the start of the year, no one in their right mind
would’ve listed the tearful left-hander as a possible Masters winner. Suddenly
he’s the only player to win twice on the Tour this year and the form horse. Things
are certainly looking up for Bubba as he heads to Augusta National, a place
where’s won twice before, playing the brand of golf that saw him win in 2012
and 2014. Four years might be the longest he’ll have to wait to add another
Green Jacket to his wardrobe. Our warning, have the tissues waiting.
Alex Noren - 47/1
Now, here’s a player that has the game to cause the local
crowd some heartache. Noren has the all-round game to make an impact despite his
pretty poor record at Majors which includes a missed cut in his only appearance
at Augusta which came last year. In 2018, he’s already lost a playoff to Jason
Day (Farmers Insurance) and finished one shot out of another playoff (Honda
Classic). At 47/1, the smooth swinging-Swede has value written all over him.
Marc Leishman - 57/1
Is the Australian golf’s most underrated player? He’s lost
in a Major playoff (2015 Open), he’s won the Nedbank Golf Challenge, a FedEx Cup
playoff event and is ranked safely inside the top 20 in the world. He famously
pumped his fist in support of as fellow Aussie Adam Scott birdied the 72nd to
win the Masters a few years back. This year, it may just be Scott returning the
favour. Like Noren, he starts with irresistible odds.
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