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Masters form gauge – who’s been in major-winning mood in recent weeks

| 10.04.2013

Experience counts for a lot at the US Masters, but coming into the competition in good nick is a highly desirable state of being for even the most Augusta-hardened tournament veteran. Here subjects the market principals to the hot-or-not treatment to find out who, besides 7/2 favourite Tiger Woods, has hit form at the right time.

That Tiger Woods is back to something like his game-changing best is one of the worst kept secrets in world sport and the four-time-Masters-winner has been in not just good, but decisive form this season, winning three of the four stroke-play events he’s taken in, even winning the Tavistock matchplay tournament on his last pre-Augusta start.

Woods’ old mucker, 12/1 shot Phil Mickelson, has been racking up the fairway miles this year, competing in no less than eight tournaments, but consistency has eluded him. A win in the Phoenix Open and a tie for third behind Tiger in the Cadillac Championship are islands of achievement in a sea of tied twenty first or worse finishes.

Rory McIlroy was another that had seemed some way short of the kind of form desired with wisdom tooth travails and new club adjustments hampering him, but a snap decision to play in last weeks Texas Open has paid dividends for the Northern Irishman who can be backed at 12/1. His second behind the Masters-bound Martin Laird (125/1 with Coral) suggest the Major winner has become reacquainted with his A-game just in time for a green jacket shot.

Few players on tour are more trustworthy cut makers than Justin Rose, who has landed three successive top ten finishes on his way into the Masters.  Second to Tiger Woods at Bay Hill on his final official start he’s not finished outside the top 25 for 12 tournaments making the 20/1 shot one of the most consistently high placers in the tournament.

2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley has been consistently competitive in recent tournaments and arrives at the Augusta National on a run of four consecutive top 10 finishes making.