Ahhh dear oh dear.
My excitement levels are at a 10/10.
US Masters Week, back in its normal April time slot.
Does it get any better?
I actually don't think it does.
Probably the only thing would be if Tiger Woods hadn't of played rally cars a few weeks ago and ruled himself out of the tournament.
If Tiger was there it would be just that little bit better.
Maybe in 2022 we'll see one of the great comebacks of all-time again from Tiger.
Remember what happened back in November, Dustin Johnson was pretty good.
So enough jibber.
Who wins this thing?
It's not secret, you need everything working for you to win @ Augusta. Short game is paramount and if you've got some length, you can score well on the Par 5's.
Particularly 13 & 15 on the back 9 - they present some great opportunity.
A few weeks back I wrote a blog and thought that it was Justin Thomas's year to break through after having a number of solid outings previously @ Augusta including 4th in 2020.
He won the Players Championship and has the game to win a green jacket, surely it is just a matter of time before he does - it could be this week.
Justin Thomas will be my main bet for the Masters.
I think the danger will be big Bryson Dechambeau, the guy has got so much power and will be better for the experience in 2020 where he finished T34. I think he's given himself the right preparation.
He and Patrick Cantlay might be the obvious dangers.
Aussie Jason Day always plays well around here, he's got a 2nd, 3rd and 5th place finish. On top of that, he's got an additional 3 Top 20's @ Augusta. The former world number 1 has slipped to #52 in the world at present after battling injuries but in an interview earlier in the week he seemed to have a nice spring in his step and his latest form hasn't been too bad at all. Cameron Smith finished second in November and flew the flag for the Aussies, I reckon Jason Day might be able to start well here.
The other one @ odds might be Louis Oosthuizen, the South African who's got a very impressive record @ Augusta. 4 Top 20 finishes including a 2nd place finish in 2012. He finished T23 in 2020 and I always like him around here.
Oh, I've got to have something small on Phil Mickelson to win @ huge odds, the guy knows the place pretty well!
Here's the $100 betting strategy:
$25 on Justin Thomas to win @ $11
$15 Bryson Dechambeau to win @ $11
$15 multi on Justin Thomas & Bryson Dechambeau to finish in the Top 10 @ $4.92
$10 Patrick Cantlay to win @ $23
$4 on Jason Day to lead after Round 1 @ $46
$6 on Jason Day to win @ $51
$7 on Louis Oosthuizen to win @ $67
$10 on Louis Oosthuizen to finish in the Top 10 @ $6.50
$3 on Phil Mickelson to win @ $126
$5 on Phil Mickelson to finish in the Top 10 @ $12
There we go, so I'll be actually cheering for Phil and the others to finish in the Top 10!!
Enjoy the Masters.
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