The Masters: Third round betting guide

The Scoop

Watson and Scott remain the favourites to win the Masters

For many people, this year’s Masters has thrown up a curve-ball with regards to betting. Unless you backed either Adam Scott or current leader Bubba Watson to win the Green Jacket this year, you probably aren’t getting a lot of joy from looking at the current leaderboard.

With the likes of McIlroy, Day and Rose a considerable way down the leaderboard, you may have to look elsewhere for a betting option ahead of the weekend.

Bubba Watson’s scintillating 68 yesterday now means that he is the clear favourite as we head into the final two days of the tournament. The 2012 champion is priced around 7/4 with most bookmakers this morning after a string of back-nine birdies saw him move three shots clear of the rest of the field.

Yesterday’s favourite Adam Scott is still heavily fancied, and his price has not changed a great deal since yesterday – currently standing at around 5/1.
The Northern Irishman was second favourite yesterday but is now as long as 100/1 after his second-round 77. One of the biggest changes in the odds came in Rory McIlroy’s price. The Northern Irishman was second favourite yesterday but is now as long as 100/1 after his second-round 77.

It is always difficult to find value at this point in the tournament but I do think there are some good bets to be had this morning. Conventional wisdom says that some players will move out of the main field today and start to challenge the top three or four ahead of tomorrow, so it is just a question of finding those players.

We all know that experience seems to count for a lot around Augusta, so I would be looking at the likes of Matt Kuchar (26/1), Jim Furyk (25/1) and possibly even Fred Couples (50/1) as players who could finish inside the top three this weekend.

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