Trio worth a punt at the 2017 Masters

Here are our three bets for the Masters this week.

I just can’t back golfers at 11/2 (Dustin Johnson) and 7/1 (Rory McIlroy) for a golf tournament.

Though if either man wins, it will be historic, Johnson for the run he is on and McIlroy for the career Grand Slam.

But here are three golfers that offer a bit better value and might come up with the goods if either or both of the ‘Big Two’ were to falter.

Paddy Power are paying one-fifth of the odds for eight places each way.

Hideki Matsuyama (16/1) 

No Japanese golfer has ever won a major, but that stat could die this week.

Matsuyama (25) has played brilliantly of late, winning all around the world, and he has never missed the cut in five visits to Augusta.

Better than that, Hideki (below) was seventh two years ago and fifth last year, so he has the game to thrive among the pines.



Phil Mickelson (25/1)

‘Lefty’ would be an even older 46-year-old than Jack Nicklaus was in his famous triumph of 1986 if he can win a fourth Green Jacket this week.

Okay, age is against him, but Mickelson (below) has incredible course form on his side with no fewer than 15 top ten finishes in the Masters.

In 24 appearances, he has only missed three cuts.


Matt Kuchar (66/1)

He’s our long-odds man for this week.

Though still waiting for his first Major win, Kuchar (below) has both a third- and a fifth-place finish in the Masters and the American’s steady-as-she goes style will keep him in the hunt.

Does he putt well enough to win?

Probably not, but a high finish is certainly possible at that big price.

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