Five top tips to take for upcoming 2016 US Masters in Augusta
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | April 5, 2016
With the 2016 US Masters in Augusta almost upon us, Coral pick out five bets to take for punters to reap rewards from.
Hole-in-one on the 16th
In total, there have been 24 holes-in-one hit at the US Masters, including five in the last six, and we are certainly overdue another having not had one since Jamie Donaldson’s effort in 2013.
By far the majority have come on the 16th, 15 altogether and in eight of the nine nine to occur, while modern great Rory McIlroy showed us it can still be done as he aced the same hole just recently in a practise round at Augusta. Therefore, take odds of 7/4 for there to be another hole-in-one on the 16th.
Phil Mickelson is top Lefty
Evergreen Mickelson may now be 45, but is still one of the most feared men in the sport and loves this tournament having won it three times and had 15 finishes inside the top 10 (in the last 21). The left-handed also came tied-second last time out.
Five-time Major champion Mickelson is in decent recent form, after finishing fifth at the WGC-Cadillac Championship last month, and is a great 5/4 shout to live up to his nickname and be top Lefty, with just Bubba Watson and Mike Weir as competition.
Watson may be a double Masters winner, but dramatically flopped last year for his title defence after ending up tied in 38th.
Danny Willett is top Englishman
Yorkshireman Willett has rapidly risen the ranks up to 12th, three places behind compatriot Justin Rose, after impressive showings including winning the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February.
While Rose can still finish high, Willett’s price of 4/1 is the more enticing for him to be the best-placed Englishman, ahead of the likes of Paul Casey, Andy Sullivan, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood too.
Bernhard Langer is top senior
German Langer, winner in 1985 and 1993, joins a number of seniors in the event this year including former champions Vijay Singh, Mark O’Meara, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle and Larry Mize and is the 9/4 favourite to beat them all.
The 58-year-old’s main competitors are Davis Love III and Fijian Singh, but defied his age in 2014 when he came tied-eighth, and can carry on his fine form after recently claiming the Chubb Classic seniors’ tournament in February.
Justin Rose top 10 finish
As stated before, Rose is in the top 10 of world golf and has been one of the more consistent players in Majors over the last few years, which was capped off by his 2013 triumph at the US Open.
With three top 10 finishes last year, at the US Masters, Open Championship and PGA Championship, Rose is 2/1 to do so again.