It’s Masters Week! The greatest golf tournament in the world is here, and we’ve assembled a crack team for you this week.
I’ve got you covered for the OP and highly dubious betting advice.
@Geoff is in the studio looking back at Masters previous.
Fashion correspondent @Meowington will be on Par 3 duty mooning over the kids and then on Rickie Fowler-watch for the rest of the week.
@Lo-Pan will be reporting from inside the ropes like some crazy Trojan.
And standing by is Douglas Hurd.
It’s pretty wide open this week. The top two in the betting are Rory and Dustin, and it’s not hard to see why. Both are in form, both have won recently, they are 3 and 2 in the world respectively and both have great Masters form without winning it. Dustin has three consecutive top ten finishes and Rory has 5. Seeing as betfair are offering ten places for e/w, that’s pretty good odds you at least get your money back on these two.
Of course with Rory there’s always the worry about… THAT round in 2011, but he’s a different player these days. I’m having both of these two, Rory at 7s is a bit slim but Dustin at around 10 looks decent value.
Rickie Fowler came second last year and always seems like he’s going to get that first major. He has a bit of a habit of crumbling when in contention (76 in the final round in 2017 to finish 11th, 73 in 2014 for 5th, 78 in 2013 to drop way back) but last year might have got him over that hump and I’ll be surprised if he’s not contending.
At longer odds (40/1) I fancy Xander Schauffele to show up. He’s number 10 in the world and quietly very consistent, plus he has the second best name in golf to say after Bryson DeChambeau. Wish I was called Bryson DeChambeau.
And maybe the best news of all, Tiger is in decent form and will stir up the galleries like no-one else. Really don’t fancy him to win it ever again, but it would damn exciting if he’s up at the sharp end on Sunday.
Last player I’ll mention is Jordan Spieth, who I fancied to contend round Augusta for the next 20 years, but he’s in such rancid nick with the putter in particular (not to mention in his head) that it would be a big surprise to me if he’s bothering the leaders. Only his Masters previous form is keeping him up in the top 10 betting-wise.