The Masters Betting: Angel will soar in the first round


The front three in the betting look really strong this year at Augusta and indeed take up a large percentage of the book.There are a lot of players whose prices look overly inflated because of this but if the big guns perform, capitalising on the value on offer can be a non-event. I've been looking at some of the subsidiary markets and there's one that particularly stands out.

Unibet offer a unique first round leader market where you can back outright places (1-5) rather than going each way and I've pinpointed some large prices worth an investment.

Former Masters champion Angel Cabrera is a name I've seen mentioned a bit this week.The Argentine is a big event player who turns it on in a particular type of atmosphere. He's competed in the last seven editions of the Masters, has two other top tens to go with his win and hasn't finished outside the top 40. Angel warmed up with a  top 16 in Houston the other week and at 15.0 to place after the first round, he looks good value.

Next up are three big outsiders, two of which are noted as right up there in terms of ability on the greens. Ben Curtis (40.0) and Thaworn Wirachant (100.0) both have the  potential to cope with the undulating and speedy challenge awaiting and indeed Wiratchant was right in the thick of things on day one at the WGC Cadillac, while Curtis demonstrated what he can do with a putting masterclass while taking down the 2012 Texas Open.

David Lynn is the other who stands out as real value. Lynn (40.0) for a place in this market has impressed since his move to the PGA Tour and is in good form with a top 15 last week. Lynn may not excel with the flat stick but he's another one of those with a high ball flight that could prove to be an advantage into the Augusta greens. He showed us at the USPGA that he has what it takes to perform against the best.

Last but not least is Jason Day - the man tipped by Graeme McDowell to win at Augusta this year. Capable of going super low in any given round, Day indeed posted a low round 64 at Augusta en route to his 2nd place finish in 2011  and at 10.0 to  be in the top five after day one, the Aussie looks very much worth a bet.

Top Debutant

Nicolas Colsaerts heads the market here but two guys look a decent price to take  him on for me.  Big hitting George Coetzee has adapted really well to life in America and has made five cuts from five in the US. He ranks 7th in strokes gained putting and I think his game sets up perfectly for Augusta. Coetzee trades at 7.0 in this market.

Russell Henley is another who has shown us what he can do on the greens. Ranked 11th in putting from 10-15' and 5th in total putting, Henley has already posted a win in Hawaii in his rookie season and could surprise here. He hinished off in Houston with a final round 68 and trades at 9.0 for top debutant.

Dutching the two will see odds of 3.94 and looks decent value in this market.

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