2013 Masters Preview
All eyes will be on Augusta this weekend as the first major golf tournament of the year, The Masters, gets underway on Thursday.
World number one and two, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are favourites to claim the green jacket come Sunday evening.
Woods is back at the top of his games after a troublesome few years and sits top of the pile in the world rankings.
However, he hasn’t won one of golf’s majors for five years; the last was the 2008 US Open.
This year has been a relatively successful one for Tiger though, as he’s won three of the six tournaments he’s entered in 2013.
After suffering the disappointment of missing the cut at the HSBC Championship in January, he came back the next week to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pine.
More recently, he also won both the Cadillac Championship and Arnold Palmer invitational events in March and is looking a real threat once again.
He has won the Masters four times already, although the last time he did was way back in 2005.
Since that victory, Tiger has always been there or there abouts when it comes to the Masters. Bar last year when he finished tied 40th, he’s not finished out of the top six since his 2005 victory.
And Woods is the favourite with most bookmakers, the best odds currently at Stan James at 9/2.
McIlroy, meanwhile will be wanting to continue his recovery after a disappointing start to this season which saw him lose his number one spot to Woods.
He has appeared to struggle to adapt to his new set of clubs after switching to Nike equipment following his high-profile endorsement with the company over the winter.
He missed the cut in his opening event of the season at the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi and then lost to Shane Lowry in the first round of the World Match Play Championship in Arizona.
He then walked off the course in the second round whilst defending the Honda Classic, citing tooth ache for doing so, an act he later apologised for.
Most recently, he tied 45th in the WGC Cadillac Championship but last week he finished as runner-up in the Texas Open at the Oaks Course in San Antonio.
The Ulsterman’s best finish came in 2011 when he finished tied 15th, although it seemed as though he’d be in with a chance of winning the title on the penultimate day.
He led the field at 12-under-par on Saturday evening but had a meltdown in the fourth round saw him hit a round of 80, leaving him at four-under-par.
McIlroy, is second favourite with most bookies, with the best price at Stan James at 12/1. Stan James also have four-times Masters Champion Phil Mickleson at 12/1.
The defending champion is Bubba Watson who dramatically took the green jacket last year after a play-off win over Louis Oosthuizen.
The pair were tied at ten-under-par and after the pair both hit par on the first play-off, South African Oosthuizen bogeyed the next, allowing Watson to knock in for par to claim the title. Watson is currently at 40/1 with Stan James.
For a full list of the odds at this weekend’s Masters, see the Britbets odds comparison page.