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2013 The Masters Preview/Picks & Betting Odds

PGA Betting – Masters Predictions

The first Major of the year is upon us and for golf fans this year’s Masters is definitely one to look forward to. Tiger Woods is on fire, Rory McIlroy is ramping up and parity on the PGA TOUR has become tangible.

2013 The Masters
Location: Augusta, Georgia, United States
Course: Augusta National
Date: Apr 11-14, 2013
Total Purse: US $ 8,000,000
Winner’s Share: US $ 1,440,000 (18% of total purse)
Odds: Bovada

Defending Champion: Bubba Watson ($1,440,000)

Augusta National proved typically difficult last year when Bubba and the Pink Driver broke through. Patience, experience and an ability to seize the few opportunities one gets at Augusta is key – you simply can’t depend on winning the tournament on the par 4s – scoring on the par 5s is essential. A hot putter is also absolutely crucial.

So let’s take a look at the names to watch in the stellar field at Augusta.

The Favorites:

Tiger Woods 3/1

It’s pretty hard to bet against Mr. Woods right now he is a four times a winner at Augusta National but not since 2005 with 15 top 25s, 10 of which are top fives. He has won three times on TOUR already this year and is the #1 ranked golfer in the world. He’s swinging better, his short game is better, his putting is as good as ever thanks to Steve Stricker and his swagger is back. He will at very least contend this weekend for sure.

Rory McIlroy 8/1

Finally had a good performance with his new clubs – a solo second at the Valero Texas Open where he co-led the field in both greens in regulation and par breakers. He’s had a lot of changes since he played here last year and may be finally adjusting. He is certainly trending upward but is a tad difficult to trust at this point in time – don’t you think?

Phil Mickelson 10/1

Has three wins here and seven top fives and he already has a win on TOUR this year. His iron play will keep him in contention again, that much is almost assured but he is still working on a new putting grip – Augusta is no place to be tinkering. While I like Phil’s game, I am not sure it is at where it needs to be to get himself another Green Jacket this weekend.

The Contenders:

Justin Rose 20/1

Hasn’t played since a solo second three weeks ago at Bay Hill. He has twelve straight top 25s worldwide and has five top 25s in seven starts at the Masters. He is a premier ball striker and his putting is the most improved part of his game – good signs going into the Masters. If he can play as well on the weekend at Augusta as he does on the weekdays, Rose could emerge victorious this week.

Charl Schwartzel 22/1

Won the Masters in 2011 and has 12 straight top 25s worldwide heading into the weekend. The dude has the all around game and the demeanor to get it done again this week. He is currently 17th on TOUR in strokes gained-putting and second in adjusted scoring and enters this week as one of the hottest golfers on the planet. Leaving Schwartzel off of your short-list would certainly be a mistake!

Lee Westwood 25/1

Westy has to win a major sometime! In his last three trips to Augusta National, he’s placed second (2010), T11 (2011) and T3 (2012) – close but no cigar! He is coming off a T10 at the Shell Houston Open in his tune-up for the Masters and will certainly be among the hungriest golfers in the field.

Louis Oosthuizen 25/1

Lost last year`s Masters in a playoff after leading the field in both total driving and par-4 scoring average. He will be out for revenge and he looks good after a T10 at the Shell Houston Open where he was 10 under on the par 5s – that’s where you have to excel at Augusta! Remember the double eagle at the second hole in the final round last year? Incredible! He`s already got one Major under his belt and is a good bet to win a Masters one day – just maybe not this year!

Dustin Johnson 25/1

His power will definitely be an asset at Augusta but his putting still leaves a little to be desired. He hasn`t quite emerged like many thought he would this year despite having all the tools.

Adam Scott 28/1

He finished T2 here in 2011 and T8 last year and will certainly be motivated in the first Major of this year after melting down in the last Major of last year. He has been OK this year but not at the level most think necessary in order to contend here at this point in time.

Keegan Bradley 28/1

Has four straight top 10s heading into the Masters and is a sexy pick to win it all this week. He is sixth on TOUR in adjusted scoring and 11th in the all-around and he led the field in distance off the tee in his debut at last year’s Masters on his way to a 27th place finish. He can hit it high, he can hit it long and he is one of the better putters in the game – perfect for this track. Add in the fact that he has succeeded already in a Major in winning the PGA and he has to be in the conversation. He`s had the benefit of being tutored by Phil Mickelson to make up for the lack of experience on this track. I, like many like Bradley`s chances this week for a good finish.

Matt Kuchar 33/1

Led last year’s Masters and co-led the field in both greens hit and par-4 scoring average and is coming off a T22 in the Valero Texas Open. This man has ice in his veins and the all around game to make some noise this weekend.

Bubba Watson 33/1

Is the defending champion here but hasn`t quite found the form that made him a force last year. He has recorded 14 top 20s since his Masters win and is coming off a T14 at Bay Hill. He is sixth on TOUR in greens hit and second in par-4 scoring. If you think that he can turn on the switch this week take a shot – I don`t trust him to repeat!

Luke Donald 33/1

Mr. Donald certainly has been quiet this year but he does have three top 10s among six cuts made in eight appearances at Augusta National. His short game puts him on the radar but the fact that he hasn`t won on TOUR in over a year makes me steer away from him this week.

Hunter Mahan 40/1

Has three top 12 finishes in the last four Masters but is coming off a rare missed cut at the Shell Houston Open – a course similar to Augusta. He is 17th on TOUR in greens in regulation, 18th in strokes gained-putting and 42nd in adjusted scoring but isn`t exactly lighting it up at the moment.

Ian Poulter 40/1

We all know about his putter and how he responds to pressure so we can`t count Poulter out this week! This guy hasn`t missed a cut since 2011 outside of the FedEx playoffs and seems to raise the level of his game the bigger the stage. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

The Sleepers:

Jason Day 50/1

Has played very well this year – 7-for-7 to start 2013 with a trio of top 10s and he did finish T2 at this event in 2011. He was forced to withdraw last year with an injury but enters this year with a ton of confidence and the game to challenge the favorites.

Graeme McDowell 50/1

Has three top 10s in five starts already this season and he finished T-12 or better in every major last year, including at T-2 at the U.S. Open. He had top 20 finishes at the Masters in 2009 and 2012 and like Lee Westwood is overdue for a Majors Championship win.

Jim Furyk 50/1

Finished T3 at the Valero Texas Open and ranked T5 in fairways hit and third in greens in regulation in that event. In 16 appearances at Augusta he has 10 top 25s but has yet to break through with a win.

Bill Haas 75/1

Has finished 26th, 42nd and 37th in three appearances here but comes into this year`s Masters with five top-10s in nine starts this year, including in his past two starts. He is third in greens in regulation on TOUR and 14th in scrambling – perfect attributes for this track.

The Pick:

The pick this week ain’t sexy – it’s smart! Tiger Woods at 3/1 enters red hot – his putter, his short game and his driver are all looking great. When Tiger has his mojo he is a scary man!

My sleeper is Jason Day at 50/1. He has been one of the more consistent golfers on TOUR and he has a good history at Augusta.

Our Updated FULL Field Masters Open odds (Click to bet today)

TIGER WOODS 3/1
RORY McILROY 8/1
PHIL MICKELSON 10/1
LUKE DONALD 30/1
LEE WESTWOOD 25/1
ADAM SCOTT 25/1
JUSTIN ROSE 20/1
BUBBA WATSON 35/1
DUSTIN JOHNSON 25/1
JASON DUFNER 40/1
RICKIE FOWLER 50/1
HUNTER MAHAN 35/1
MATT KUCHAR 30/1
KEEGAN BRADLEY 25/1
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN 25/1
CHARL SCHWARTZEL 25/1
JASON DAY 50/1
WEBB SIMPSON 50/1
NICK WATNEY 50/1
STEVE STRICKER 40/1
GRAEME McDOWELL 40/1
ERNIE ELS 125/1
PADRAIG HARRINGTON 60/1
SERGIO GARCIA 40/1
IAN POULTER 40/1
BO VAN PELT 80/1
PETER HANSON 80/1
ZACH JOHNSON 100/1
JIM FURYK 60/1
MARTIN KAYMER 80/1
BRANDT SNEDEKER 25/1
BILL HAAS 60/1
FRANCESCO MOLINARI 150/1
NICOLAS COLSAERTS 100/1
K.J. CHOI 60/1
MARTIN LAIRD 80/1
CARL PETTERSSON 200/1
HENRIK STENSON 50/1
MATTEO MANASSERO 150/1
FRED COUPLES 150/1
JOHN SENDEN 200/1
FREDRIK JACOBSON 100/1
DAVID TOMS 200/1
BEN CURTIS 250/1
PAUL LAWRIE 250/1
THOMAS BJORN 250/1
ROBERT GARRIGUS 125/1
SCOTT PIERCY 150/1
VIJAY SINGH 150/1
ANGEL CABRERA 80/1
TREVOR IMMELMAN 200/1
TIM CLARK 200/1
RYO ISHIKAWA 250/1
THORBJORN OLESEN 150/1
RYAN MOORE 125/1
Y.E. YANG 200/1
KEVIN NA 250/1
BRANDEN GRACE 150/1
STEWART CINK 150/1
MARC LEISHMAN 300/1
LUCAS GLOVER 150/1
TED POTTER, JR 500/1
DARREN CLARKE 300/1
MICHAEL THOMPSON 250/1
JOHN PETERSON 500/1
DAVID LYNN 300/1
JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL 500/1
BERNHARD LANGER 500/1
MIKE WEIR 500/1
TOM WATSON 1000/1
ALAN DUNBAR 2000/1
FIELD (all others) 20/1

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