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The PGA 2012 Masters Preview/Picks & Gambling Lines

PGA Betting – The 2012 Masters Predictions

Ahhh the Masters – finally. Every major is highly contested but it has been a very long time since a major was so anticipated.

US Masters Golf Odds 2012
The Masters and the Famous Green Jacket
Dates: April 2 – 8, 2012
Course – Location: Augusta National Golf Club Augusta, GA USA
Defending Champion: Charl Schwartzel
Signature Hole: 13th Hole: 510 yards, par 5
Purse: US$7,500,000

The Green Jacket and the most coveted prize in golf awaits the winner of the Masters and with a ton of players heading into Augusta playing very well it promises to be quite the weekend! Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson head the list of favorites with a large contingent looking to make a name for themselves on golf’s biggest stage.

The course is reportedly in remarkable shape and the greens are apparently as quick as ever for the field that tees off on Thursday. Enough of the preamble – let’s get to the picks for what should be a most memorable edition the legendary Masters.

The Favorites:

Tiger Woods 4/1

Many left Tiger for dead but an impressive win at Bay Hill has the sports world buzzing once again. Tiger knows this course better than anyone on the planet having won four Green Jackets and having had more success in history at Augusta of anyone other than Jack Nicklaus. At present he leads the PGA TOUR in the all-around and birdies or better on par 5s.

Tiger is healthy, he finally appears comfortable with his swing, his iron play has been consistent as any player on tour and yes, his putter is a difference maker once again. To show how much Tiger loves this course one need not look further than his results the last two years – 4th place finishes when he had apparently hit rock bottom!

Rory McIlroy 5/1

We haven’t heard from Rory the last month but the numbers don’t lie – top fives in 12 of his last 13 starts worldwide including a win at the Honda a month ago. Only a brutal 80 in the final round of last year’s tournament prevented him from claiming his first Green Jacket – something that simply won’t happen again. Rory is a Stud – plain and simple but his relative inactivity could be the difference this week.

Phil Mickelson 11/1

Phil has won this tournament twice and has nine top 5s in13 career appearances. He has won already this season on TOUR at Pebble Beach and is coming off a T4 last week in Houston. He ranks second on TOUR in Strokes Gained-Putting and is playing extremely well on all aspects of his game.

The Contenders:

Luke Donald 16/1

Donald is the number 1 player in the world for a reason and has had some success at Augusta – three top 10s in seven starts, including last year’s T4. His putter is a magic wand which should serve him very well at this event. Donald is quietly a serious contender this week.

Lee Westwood 16/1

Westwood had a 2nd place finish here in 2010 and finished T11 last year and has a knack of playing very well at majors – three top 5s in his last nine majors. He has two fourth place finishes already this season and would love to win his first major this week. A marginal chipping game is the one hole in his game and could be the difference this week.

Hunter Mahan 28/1

Mahan has looked brilliant at times and average at others. Last week he looked brilliant in his win at Houston. He has done well at Augusta as well – top 10s in 2009 and 2010.

Adam Scott 33/1

Scott has been somewhat disappointing but was second here last year finishing with a 67 on Saturday and a 67 on Sunday. Scott has the game but unfortunately doesn’t have any momentum going into this week.

Justin Rose 33/1

Rose won the WGC-Cadillac Championship four weeks ago, his first in a WGC and has yet to miss a cut in six starts at the Masters including four top 25s, and a T11 last year. He is 16th on TOUR in greens hit and seventh in the all-around – both attractive traits heading into Augusta.

Keegan Bradley 33/1

Is there any hotter and more consistent player on TOUR? He has top 25s in all nine of his starts this year, including top 10s in the last two. He has played in one major – a win at the PGA last year and is currently top 25 on TOUR in distance, greens and Strokes Gained-Putting. The only factor working against Bradley is the fact that this is his first start at the Biggest Tournament in golf.

Charl Schwartzel 33/1

Won the Masters last year but has missed the cut in his last two events. I like his game but not the way he is playing at the present time.

Bubba Watson 40/1

Bubba has played well this year but doesn’t have the greatest track record at Augusta – a T20 in his debut in 2008 being his best finish. So far this year Watson has top 20s in all of his seven starts with three top fives. He leads TOUR in both distance off the tee and greens hit – two stats that will serve him well this week. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

Jason Day 40/1

Has been quiet this year so far but has top 20 finishes in his last two starts on TOUR. He did shoot an incredible 64 here last year on his way to a T2 finish.

Steve Stricker 40/1

Won the season opener at Kapalua and has two top 10s in his last four starts. But Stricker has not fared well at Augusta – only two top 10s in 11 career starts.

The Sleepers:

Angel Cabrera 80/1

Loves this course as demonstrated by his win in 2009 and five top 10s in 12 career starts at Augusta. He finished seventh last year and has two top 25s in three starts this season on TOUR.

Johnson Wagner 125/1

Wagner is definitely coming into Augusta under the radar. He seems to be in every tournament he enters and is playing with a ton of confidence at the moment. Wagner is consistent and confident and could be the surprise of this week’s Masters

The Pick:

It is hard not to love Tiger Woods 4/1 this week. He will prove that he is indeed back with yet another win on his favorite course. Those betting against him are in denial – Woods is back to his dominant self – proof will be Sunday afternoon.

My sleeper pick is Johnson Wagner at an astounding 125/1. He is a battler and has been a fixture on leaderboards this season. Expect much of the same this week.

2012 Masters Betting Lines & Future Odds

 

Tiger Woods 4/1  
Rory McIlroy 11/2  
Phil Mickelson 11/1  
Luke Donald 16/1  
Lee Westwood 20/1  
Hunter Mahan 22/1  
Justin Rose 28/1  
Adam Scott 28/1  
Keegan Bradley 28/1  
Charl Schwartzel 40/1  
Jason Day 40/1  
Steve Stricker 50/1  
Bubba Watson 40/1  
Dustin Johnson   
Nick Watney 50/1  
Sergio Garcia 50/1  
Webb Simpson 60/1  
Martin Kaymer 50/1  
Graeme McDowell 66/1  
Matt Kuchar 66/1  
K.J. Choi 60/1  
Geoff Ogilvy 80/1  
Padraig Harrington 100/1  
Rickie Fowler 100/1  
Jim Furyk 90/1  
Angel Cabrera 90/1  
Bill Haas 90/1  
Brandt Snedeker 66/1  
Louis Oosthuizen 66/1  
Bo Van Pelt 80/1  
Ian Poulter 100/1  
Kyle Stanley 125/1  
Gary Woodland 100/1  
Trevor Immelman 100/1  
Zach Johnson 90/1  
Paul Casey 150/1  
Aaron Baddeley 150/1  
Alvaro Quiros 150/1  
Martin Laird 150/1  
Sean O’Hair 150/1  
Fred Couples 150/1  
Jason Dufner 125/1  
Y-E Yang 150/1  
Robert Karlsson 150/1  
Thomas Bjorn 150/1  
Johnson Wagner 125/1  
Francesco Molinari 175/1  
Henrik Stenson 175/1  
Ryo Ishikawa 200/1  
Vijay Singh 200/1  
Peter Hanson 175/1  
David Toms 175/1  
John Senden 175/1  
Sang-Moon Bae 150/1  
Charles Howell III 175/1  
Fredrik Jacobson 200/1  
Ben Crane 200/1  
Ryan Palmer 150/1  
Jonathan Byrd 250/1  
Mark Wilson 200/1  
Ross Fisher 250/1  
Miguel Angel Jimenez 200/1  
Kevin Na 200/1  
Simon Dyson 250/1  
Paul Lawrie 250/1  
Lucas Glover 250/1  
Kyung-Tae Kim 300/1  
Robert Garrigus 200/1  
Edoardo Molinari 200/1  
Rory Sabbatini 300/1  
Stewart Cink 300/1  
Jose Maria Olazabal 400/1  
Darren Clarke 400/1  
Anders Hansen 300/1  
Tim Clark 400/1  
Tom Watson 500/1  
Patrick Cantlay 500/1  
Gonzalo Fernandez 400/1  
Harrison Frazar 400/1  
Chez Reavie 500/1  
Scott Verplank 500/1  
Brendan Steele 500/1  
Bernhard Langer 500/1  
Mike Weir 500/1  
Hideki Matsuyama 600/1  
Kevin Chappell 600/1  
Scott Stallings 400/1  
Mark O’Meara 750/1  
Kelly Kraft 1000/1  
Bryden Macpherson 1000/1  
Larry Mize 1500/1  
Ben Crenshaw 1000/1  
Craig Stadler 1000/1  
Ian Woosnam 2000/1  
Sandy Lyle 2000/1  
Randal Lewis 2000/1  
Corbin Mills 1500/1  

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