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You don’t have to stick to who’s going to win when you are making bets on The Masters. Our tipping expert has had a look around the various international markets and picked out three eye-catching bets
 

The Masters betting tips: Top GB&I player

Paul Casey will be on many a punter’s Masters shortlist given his performances over the past three years.

The Englishman has finished tied sixth, tied fourth and sixth and can look back at five top 10s at Augusta National overall.

His victory at the Valspar Championship finally got him over the hump as a nearly-man in America – it’s only his second PGA Tour win despite a heap of near misses – and that can do nothing but give the 40-year-old confidence.

25/1 on the outrights will definitely appeal but those looking to hedge their bets a little should also consider Casey in the Top GB&I market.

As you’d expect, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose are dominating the category, leaving Casey at an attractive 5/1.

Given you can also back each-way here – for the top two at 1/3 of the odds – there is plenty of merit in looking at the Arizona native.

The Masters betting tips: Top Rest of the World player

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Jason Day has obvious claims and Hideki Matsuyama’s Masters record is impressive if he can find a bit of form.

But I’m going to go down the list in this market and select Kiradech Aphibarnrat at 16/1 with Ladbrokes.

This seems a bit of a no-brainer really, especially as the firm are paying 1/5 of the odds each-way for the first four.

The Thai has only appeared once at Augusta National but performed decently on debut when finishing tied for 15th.

He’s enjoyed a fantastic start to 2018 having won the Super 6 in Perth and finishing top five in both the WGC-Mexico and WGC-Match Play Championships.

In that sort of touch, surely 16/1 is too big a price?

The Masters betting tips: Top American player

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Tricky market this, with so many of the leading contenders representing the United States. You can get Tiger Woods, for example, at 8/1 here compared with as low as 10/1 with some firms on the outright market.

With 1/4 of the odds being paid on the first four finishers, I am going to go with Matt Kuchar at 28/1.

I’ve also looked at Kuchar in the outright each-way market but, given his Augusta performances over the past few years, I’m even happier to take him here as well.

As a throwaway pound, I’ll also lob the minimum bet Fred Couples’ way at 80/1. He may be 58 but he was still tied 18th at Augusta National 12 months ago.

Take out his missed cut in 2015 and he hasn’t finished out of the top 20 since 2009. He’s timeless round here and, if he finishes fourth in this market, you’ve got yourself a 20/1 winner.

Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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