WGC Cadillac Matchplay 2015

WGC Cadillac Matchplay 2015 betting tips

TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California

7,115 yards Par 71

 

 

Last week:

We had another great week in New Orleans tipping Justin Rose at 10/1 and Cameron Tringale at 50/1. That makes Justin Rose our ninth winner of the season and Cameron Tringale our 12th each way place. Let’s keep it going for the Matchplay this week!

The Course and Format

There is a new format this year with 64 players being divided into 16 groups of four who will compete in a round robin style. The winner of each group will go forward into a final group of 16 and will play in a bracket format. Each player will get to play three matches, one each against the others in the group. All matches will be taking place from Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the finalists going through to the weekend. Previous winners include Jason Day (2014), Matt Kuchar (2013), Hunter Mahan (2012), Luke Donald (2011), Ian Poulter (2010) Geoff Ogilvy (2009) and Tiger Woods (2008).

TPC Harding Park is a 7,127 yard par 71 and hosted the WGC American Express event back in 2005 and the Presidents Cup in 2009. It has three par 5’s, two of which are the first and 18th, four par 3’s and 11 par 4’s. The course is a fairly flat layout wit tree lined fairways and some dog legs. The greens are not too difficult and there are not too many bunkers to contend with.

The main things to lookout for are par 4 scoring; strokes gained putting, GIR and good matchplay players. Be on the lookout for players that have had success in The Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and previous WGC Matchplay events over the last few years. This week has the looks of being a little unpredictable so keep your stake low as anything could happen!

 

Jordan Spieth 9/1 WGC Cadillac Matchplay

Jordan Spieth 9/1

After a favourable draw getting Lee Westwood, Mikko Ilonen and Matt Every, Jordan Spieth should have no problem topping his group and progressing to the final 16. However, they may not be as easy as you think. Westwood and Ilonen both have good matchplay records with Westy a Ryder Cup veteran and Ilonen a previous winner of the Volvo World Matchplay. Spieth is the best player on the planet at the moment in terms of form and has a good matchplay record in both The Ryder Cup, where he played superb with fellow rookie Patrick Reed, and in this event in Arizona last year, where he reached the quarter finals only to be beaten 4 and 2 to Ernie Els.

Spieth has recorded two wins in his last five events, which came at Augusta and The Valspar. He also finished solo 2nd in Texas and lost in a playoff in Houston. In his last eight events, he has only finished outside the top 10 twice. The youngster also ticks a lot of statistical boxes ranking fifth in strokes gained tee to green, eighth in strokes gained putting, 22nd in par 3 scoring and second in par 4 scoring. With superb current form and a favourable group, Jordan Spieth looks a worthy favourite here this week.

 

Jaosn Day 16/1 WGC Cadillac Matchplay 2015

Jason Day 16/1

After being in contention last week in New Orleans, Day made a couple of late bogeys and took himself out of it. In an interview afterwards, he admitted that humidity and the fact that he had to play roughly 30 holes on Sunday took a lot out of him, especially on the back nine, which made him make some unforced errors due to a lack of concentration. That’s fair enough.

He faces Charley Hoffman, Zach Johnson and Branden Grace in group 7 and should advance to the final 16. After winning this event last year in a final round tussle with Victor Dubuisson, Day managed to get the job done, despite the Frenchman’s stunning scrambling. The Aussie has been playing well this season with a win at Torrey Pines and a further three top five’s in his last eight starts.

He ranks seventh in GIR, 15th in stroke gained tee to green, first in par 4 scoring and second in par 3 scoring. With a great matchplay record in both this event and in The Presidents Cup, Day could be a danger man here, especially after a good performance last week in New Orleans.

 

Patrick Reed 25/1 WGC Cadillac Matchplay 2015Patrick Reed 25/1

I think the young American could have a great week in San Fran this week given his performance in The Ryder Cup and his very competitive prowess. He is grouped with Danny Willett, Andy Sullivan and Ryan Moore. He is playing well this year with a win at The Hyundai Tournament of Champions back in January and top 10’s at The Honda Classic and a P2 at The Valspar in which he lost in a playoff to Jordan Spieth.

Most recently, he had an MC at The RBC Heritage, but finished in a respectable T22 at Augusta and a T17 in Houston. Statswise he seems to fit well here ranking 19th in strokes gained tee to green, 21st in strokes gained putting, 32nd in par 3 scoring, 22nd in par 4 scoring and 11th in par 5 scoring. With a favourable draw in the group stages and good matchplay pedigree, Reed is another player capable of having a good week.

 

Ian Poulter 33/1 WGC Cadillac Matchhplay 2015

Ian Poulter 33/1

Poulter is playing well so far this season and has been inside the top 25 in five of his last six events. He played well at The Honda Classic finishing T3, which would have been a lot better if it weren’t for a disappointing final round 74. He continued that good run of form with a T24 at The Valspar, T21 at Bay Hill and a superb T6 in Augusta. Despite a 73 in round one, Poulter went on to shoot 72, 67,67 over the weekend and hit most greens in regulation for the tournament.

We all know he thrives in a matchplay environment and has the Ryder Cup and WGC Matchplay record to prove it. He has played well in this event over the years reaching the Quarter Finals in 2013 and defeated Paul Casey in the final to win in 2010. Poulter ranks 32nd in GIR, 37th in strokes gained tee to green, 14th in three putt avoidance and sixth in par 4 scoring. If he gets the putter hot and starts well, he could be a tough man to beat.

 

Paul Casey 33/1 WGC Cadillac Matchplay 2015

Paul Casey 33/1

Casey is playing good golf so far this season with three top 10’s in his last five starts. He had a good week at The Honda Classic finishing T3 and followed that with a solo 9th in Houston and an impressive T6 at The Masters. Casey was another player who hit a lot of greens in Augusta and putted superbly. He has a great matchplay record performing in three Ryder Cups and reaching two WGC Matchplay finals. He got to the final in 2009, but was beaten by Geoff Ogilvy and reached the final in 2010, where he was beaten by fellow countryman Ian Poulter 7 and 6.

Casey ranks 16th in GIR, 17th in strokes gained tee to green, 14th in par 4 scoring and sixth in par 5 scoring. With a great matchplay record and good current form, Paul Casey will be well rested and ready to contend this week.

 

Final selections –

Jordan Speith 2 pts EW 9/1

Jason Day 1 pt EW 16/1

Patrick Reed 1 pt EW 25/1

Ian Poulter 1 pt EW 33/1

Paul Casey 1 pt EW 33/1

Total staked = 12 pts

 

Good luck and enjoy the golf,

 

Doublebogey6

Follow me on Twitter @Doublebogey63

Like me on Facebook www.facebook.com/doublebogey6

Zurich Classic of New Orleans Betting Preview 2015

Zurich Classic of New Orleans Betting Preview 2015

TPC Louisiana, Avondale, LA 

Par 72, 7,425 yards

The Course

The PGA Tour travels to TPC Louisiana this week, where Seung-yul Noh is the defending champion. TPC Louisiana has hosted this tournament since 2007, with this year being the ninth year in a row. It was also host in 2005, but got badly damaged in hurricane Katrina. This resulted in some changes being made to the course making it fractionally shorter than it used to be.

The course is a Pete Dye design par 72 measuring just over 7,400 yards. It features four par 5’s, four par 3’s and 10 par 4’s. The course sits along the Mississippi River and has five ponds and over 100 bunkers, which will all come into play. Unlike last week at The RBC Heritage, the greens here are quite big and can get fast depending on the weather conditions. The fairways are wide and pretty forgiving so accuracy off the tee is not essential, but hitting the greens in regulation will be important. The greens have a lot of undulations so landing the ball in the right part of the green will be important. This is a course that is ranked one of the easiest on The PGA Tour with the average score of the winner shooting between 15-20 under par on average over the last five years.

All types of players seem to play well at this venue. It’s worth looking at players with good GIR stats, approach stats, strokes gained putting and strokes gained tee to green. Par 4, par 3 and par 5 scoring are also worth looking at. Traditionally, there are a lot of birdies on offer at this tournament so birdie average could be another metric worth taking a look at.

 

Dustin Johnson 8/1 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Dustin Johnson 8/1

With five top 6 finishes in his last six starts including a win, Dustin Johnson looks to be in great form lately and is contending in almost every tournament he plays in. He had a great performance at The Masters firing 70,67,73,69 on his way to a T6 finish on nine under par for the tournament. He then had another T6 in Texas, which would’ve been a lot better if it weren’t for a poor opening round 78. He had his first victory of 2015 at The WGC Cadillac in Doral, where he shot a superb final round 69 to clinch victory from J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson. Johnson also came close to winning The Northern Trust Open, but was beaten by James Hahn in a playoff.

He also looks to fit the bill here statswise ranking first in strokes gained tee to green, first in driving distance, fourth in birdie average and second in approaches from 200+, which is a good stat for the par 5’s. He also ranks 28th in par 3 scoring and third in par 5 scoring. Johnson has the form and game to be a huge contender here this week.

 

Justin Rose 10/1 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Justin Rose 10/1

Justin Rose played superb at The Masters a couple of weeks ago and looked a serious contender throughout the whole week. He started with a 67 in round one and followed that with 70,67,70 to finish T2 and 14 under par for the tournament. His form has been mixed over the last few weeks with a T37 in Houston and missed cuts at The Valspar and The Honda Classic. He played well in the early part of the year in the Middle East recording two top 15 finishes. He had a good week in Abu Dhabi finishing T12 and followed that with a T13 at The Qatar Masters.

Rose has played well here in the past with three top 15’s in his last three appearances. He finished T8 last year, T15 in 2013 and T10 in 2012. Statswise Rose ranks 38th in GIR, 35th in birdie average, first in approaches from 75-100 and fifth in approaches from 200 yards. He also ranks 37th in par 5 scoring and 37th in par 3 birdie or better leaders. His game looked in superb shape at The Masters a couple of weeks ago and could be a big contender here given his previous record.

 

Sean O Hair 45/1 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Sean O’Hair 45/1

It’s been great to see Sean O’Hair back playing some great golf this season after having a tough couple of years on tour. He has had four top 30’s and two top 10’s so far this season and his game looks in great shape. Most recently, he played well last week at The RBC Heritage last week shooting a superb final round 64 to finish solo sixth. He had another great week at The Valspar shooting a final round 67 to get himself into a playoff with Jordan Speith and Patrick Reed. However, he was eventually beaten by Jordan Speith but he putted very well all week, which will be a big plus here at TPC Louisiana.

O’Hair ranks 34th in strokes gained putting, 33rd in birdie average, 28th in approaches from 225-250 and 13th in approaches from 75-100. He also ranks fifth in three putt avoidance, 13th in par 4 scoring and sixth in par 4 birdie or better leaders. O’Hair has been knocking on the door of a win lately and it could very well come this week in New Orleans.

 

Morgan Hoffmann 50/1 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Morgan Hoffmann 50/1

Morgan Hoffmann has been showing some good form lately with two top 10’s in his last three starts. He played well last week at The RBC Heritage and showed some great consistency shooting 68,68,69,68 finishing T9 on 11 under for the tournament. He also played well at The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill finishing solo 4th on 15 under. Hoffmann had another good performance at The WGC Cadillac in Doral posting a respectable T17 finish.

He has played well here at TPC Louisiana in the past finishing T34 last year and T21 in 2013. He ranks 31st in driving distance, 32nd in strokes gained putting and 12th in approaches from 250-275. He also ranks second in three putt avoidance and 29th in par 5 scoring and comes here in much better form this year than he has in previous years.

 

Cameron Tringale 50/1 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Cameron Tringale 50/1

Despite missing the cut last week at The RBC Heritage, Cameron Tringale has been in good form over the last few weeks with a top five and a top 20 in his last five starts. He played well at The Valspar Championship a few weeks back finishing T17 on three under par for the tournament. He started very well shooting a 71, 69 in the first two rounds. He fell away a little bit after shooting a disappointing 73 in round 3, but fought back well firing a final round 68. Tringale also played well in Houston shooting 68,70,69,68 on his way to a 13 under par total and a T5 finish.

Tringale has played well here over the last few years finishing T17 last year, T7 in 2012, T18 in 2011 and T28 in 2010. Statswise, he is hitting just over 65% of fairways off the tee and ranks 25th in approaches from 250-275 and 13th in approaches from 50-125 yards, which are two good stats for approaches into the par 5’s and par 4’s. With a good history here and good current form, this could be the place where Tringale has a great week at a decent price.

 

Final Selections –

Dustin Johnson 2pts EW 8/1

Justin Rose 2pts EW 10/1

Sean O’Hair 1pt EW 45/1

Morgan Hoffmann 1pt EW 50/1

Cameron Tringale 1pt EW 50/1

Total staked = 14 pts

 

Good luck and enjoy the golf,

 

Doublebogey6

Follow me on Twitter @Doublebogey63

Like me on Facebook www.facebook.com/doublebogey6

 

 

RBC Heritage Betting Preview 2015

RBC Heritage Betting Preview 2015

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Par 71, 7,101 yards 

The Course

This event has been played at Harbour Town Golf Links for many years now and the same players seem to play well here. The course is a short 7,101 yards and has three par 5’s, four par 3’s and 11 par 4’s. It is a tight course with tree lined fairways and small greens, which are ranked among the most difficult to hit on the PGA Tour. History suggests that the good, accurate ball strikers and good putters tend to do well around here. The greens here are quite small by Tour standards so GIR and good scrambling will be two key stats to look at. Hilton Head also tends to be quite windy so be on the lookout for good wind players.

The main stats to consider here are driving accuracy, GIR, par 4 scoring, scrambling and proximity to the hole. Unlike last week in Augusta National, you don’t need to be long on this course so a lot of the shorter more accurate players should come into the mix. Weather forecast is set to be cloudy and humid with showers and the possibility of thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday. The weekend will be cloudy, dry and humid with gusts up to 20 mph.

 

Zach Johnson RBC Heritage 16/1

Zach Johnson 16/1

After a great performance last week in Augusta, Zach Johnson recorded his second top 10 finish in his last three starts finishing T9 at The Masters. He also played well the week before at The Valero Texas Open finishing T20, which would have been a lot better if it weren’t for a poor final round 76. He also played well the week before at The Arnold Palmer Invitational finishing T9, which included an impressive final round 66.

He has played well at Hilton Head in the past finishing solo second in 2012, five strokes behind the winner Carl Pettersson. He ranks 21st in driving accuracy, 19th in strokes gained tee to green, 22nd in par 4 scoring and 23rd in par 5 scoring. Statswise Johnson’s game should suit this course and he comes here in good form, especially after a good week at Augusta.

 

Webb Simpson 33/1 RBC Heritage

Webb Simpson 33/1

Webb is another player that had a good week at Augusta and looked to be hitting the ball well all week. He had a disappointing 75 in round 2, but shot a 72,71 at the weekend to finish in respectable T28 on -1 for the tournament. He hasn’t played in many tournaments this year but has recorded two top 10 finishes and a top 15 in his last six starts. He had a good week at The Sony Open back in January finishing T13 on -11 for the tournament, which included an opening round 62. He followed that with a T7 at The Humana Challenge and another T7 at The WGC Cadillac in Doral.

He has played well here in the past finishing solo 2nd in 2013, T14 in 2011 and T14 in 2010. Simpson is hitting just under 65% of fairways off the tee and ranks 15th in GIR, seventh in strokes gained tee to green and 12th in scrambling. He also ranks 17th in par 3 scoring, 31st in par 4 scoring and 2nd in par 5 scoring. He showed good form here over the years and could be one to watch this week.

 

Charley Hoffman 33/1 RBC Heritage

Charley Hoffman 33/1

Hoffman was right in the thick of it from the beginning at Augusta last week opening with a superb 67. He continued that good run with a 68 in round 2 and a 71 in round 3. He shot a disappointing final round 74 to finish T9 on -8 for the tournament but put in a great week overall. He has been showing some great form lately finishing T11 at The Shell Houston Open, which included a final round 67 to finish in -10 for the tournament. He also played well the week before in Texas and was right in contention from the beginning shooting an opening round 67 and eventually finished T11.

Hoffman has played well here before recording two top 10 finishes over the last three years finishing T6 in 2013 and T8 in 2012. Hoffman ranks 32nd in driving distance, 47th in GIR, first in scrambling from the fringe and 14th in par 4 scoring. With a good record here and good current form, Charley Hoffman looks to be a good shout at a decent price.

 

Russell Henley 33/1 RBC Heritage

Russell Henley 33/1

Henley started 2015 off with a T3 at The Hyundai Tournament of Champions and followed that with a T17 at The Sony Open in Hawaii. He went slightly off the boil for the next few events but didn’t miss a cut. Most recently, he played well at The Houston Open finishing solo 4th and showed great consistency shooting 69,68,68,69 to finish on -14 for the tournament. He continued that consistency in Augusta last week shooting 68,74,72,71 finishing on -3 for the week and solo 21st.

He is another player that has played well here in the past finishing T6 in 2013, which would have been a lot better if it weren’t for a poor opening round 73. However, he went on to shoot 70,67,69 in the last three rounds to finish -5. Henley is hitting just under 65% of fairways off the tee and ranks 15th in strokes gained putting, seventh in putts inside 10 feet and 31st in par 4 scoring.

 

Kevin Streelman 50/1 RBC Heritage

Kevin Streelman 50/1

Streelman’s game looked to be in great shape last week in Augusta, where he matched his personal best in a major finishing T12. He also won the Par 3 contest on Wednesday, which must have given him a bit of confidence going into the main event. He showed some good early season form with a solo 2nd at The Shriners Open back in October and followed that with a respectable T26 at The CIMB Classic. He seems to be coming back into some form and has made the last four cuts in a row with top 40’s at The Valspar and Houston.

He has a good record in Harbour Town over the last few years with a T3 in 2013 and a T17 in 2012. Streelman seems to fit the bill statswise ranking 18th in driving accuracy hitting just under 70% of fairways off the tee. He also ranks 17th in GIR and ninth in par 4 scoring and could be a great each way chance.

 

Final selections –

Zach Johnson 16/1 2 pts EW

Webb Simpson 1.5 pts EW 33/1

Charley Hoffman 1.5 pts EW 33/1

Russell Henley 1 pt EW 33/1

Kevin Streelman 1 pt EW 50/1

Total staked = 14 pts

 

Good luck and enjoy the golf,

 

Doublebogey6

Follow me on Twitter @Doublebogey63

Like me on Facebook www.facebook.com/doublebogey6

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Winner No.8 for us as Spieth Roars to Victory in Augusta

Jordan Spieth 10/1 The MastersAt 1.15 PM on Thursday the 9th of April, 21 year old Texan, Jordan Spieth teed it up for the first time on what was going to be a wire to wire historic win at Augusta. He started with a superb first round 64, which included five opening birdies in the first 10 holes. He then went on to shoot a 66 in round 2 and a 70 in round 3. Consistent and very steady golf.
12 months ago, Spieth was ambushed by a very experienced Bubba Watson and finished T2 with Jonas Blixt. His inexperience was highlighted when he hit his tee shot on the par 3 12th into the water hazard, but got up and down for a miraculous bogey. It was advantage Bubba, and he wasn’t going to let Spieth back into the golf tournament and went on to win by three strokes.

After learning the hard way last year, Jordan wasn’t going to let that happen a second time and went out in round 4 with his chest pumped out, full of confidence and got off the a flying start. It was in the final round that the youngster took control of his destiny starting with a superb birdie on the first, which rattled his closest rival Justin Rose.  It was a steady round all the way, but there was a slight hiccup on the 12th, when he three putted for bogey and left the door slightly a jar for Rose. He responded in style with a superb second shot into the par 5 13th and landed it 12 feet from the hole, which he went on to two putt for a birdie.

He maintained that control for the rest of the round with another birdie on 15, par’s on 16 and 17 and a disappointing bogey on 18. However that didn’t matter as the young Texan had plenty of room for error with a four stroke lead over Rose and Mickelson. It was a 10/1 winner and money in the bank!

We’re having a great season so far, which started with a 80/1  on Robert Streb at The McGladrey Classic back in October. We started 2015 off with a bang with another winner on Patrick Reed at 22/1 at The Hyundai Tournament of Champions, a 16/1 win on Jimmy Walker in The Sony, 14/1 win on Jason Day at The Farmers Insurance Open and Dustin Johnson at 20/1 at The WGC Cadillac. That good form continued with another win on Jordan Spieth at The Valspar, a 25/1 winner on J.B. Holmes at The Houston Open and a 10/1 win on Jordan Spieth at The Masters giving us a total of +245.81 for the season so far.

Ill be back tomorrow with my thoughts on The RBC Heritage, which takes place at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Chat to you then,

DB

The Masters Betting Preview 2015

The Masters Betting Preview 2015

Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia

Par 72, 7,435 yards

 Last week:

What an exciting finale we had last night to the Houston Open! J.B Holmes shot a superb 64 in the final round and got himself into a playoff with Johnson Wagner and Jordan Spieth. Speith hit a poor second shot into the first playoff hole and finished with a bogey to take himself out of contention. J.B beat Wagner after he missed a six foot par putt to continue the playoff. 25/1 winner in the bag, happy days.

The Course

Augusta National is one of the most beautiful, eye catching golf courses on the planet and has seen so much emotion over the years. Augusta National first opened 82 years ago in 1933, and has been modified many times by different architects. It is a long demanding test with very tricky greens and lots of run off areas.

The Masters was started by Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones. Jones designed Augusta National with course architect Alistair MacKenzie. The field of players is smaller than those of the other major championships because it is an invitational event, held by the Augusta National Golf Club.

This course measures just under 7,500 yards and will demand a mixture of power and accuracy. There are a few elements to consider at Augusta when compiling a list of players to bet on. The first element is experience. Players that have played well here in the past tend to go well again, even more so if they are showing some good current form. The second element is a hot putter and a good short game. Augusta National’s teeth are its lightning fast greens with its tricky slopes and run off areas.

If a player misses the fairway at here, the key is to land the ball in the right part of the green with a high penetrated ball flight. If a player has a high penetrated ball flight with a draw, or a fade if you’re a lefty, that will be a big advantage. The main reason for this is that many of the holes in Augusta are dog legs so players that can shape the ball should score well.

Greens in regulation is another stat to consider here as the greens are big and slopey so hitting the ball in the right portion of the green will be very important. Approach stats, strokes gained putting, scrambling, par 4 and par 5 scoring are other stats to take into consideration here.

 

Bubba Watson The Masters 10/1

Bubba Watson 10/1

The defending champ comes back to Augusta National in great form and hasn’t finished outside the top 15 in his last six events. His good form began back in November, where he won the WGC HSBC Champions in Shanghai. His good form continued into December where he finished T11 at The Hero World Challenge on eight under for the tournament.

He started 2015 well with a solo 10th at The Hyundai Tournament of Champions, T2 at The Phoenix Open and T14 at The Northern Trust Open. Most recently, he finished solo 3rd at The WGC Cadillac in Doral. Since then, he hasn’t played in any other events and should be well rested coming into Augusta. He has a great record at this event with two wins in the last three years and a T20 in 2008.

Statswise Bubba ranks third in driving distance, fourth in strokes gained tee to green, 12th in strokes gained putting and second in scrambling. He also ranks sixth in par 3 scoring, 23rd in par 4 scoring and first in par 5 scoring. Bubba is made for this course and has the current form to contend and win for the third time in four years.

 

Jordan Spieth 10/1 The Masters

Jordan Speith 10/1

He nearly did it again last Sunday and lost in a playoff to J.B. Holmes and Johnson Wagner to finish P2. There is no other player in better form at the moment than Jordan Spieth. Other than a missed cut at The Farmers in February, Spieth hasn’t finished worse than T17 in his last seven events. After winning the Australian Open in November, he then went on to win again at The Hero World Challenge in December and finish 2014 off in style.

He began 2015 with a T7 at The Phoenix Open, T7 at The AT&T in Pebble Beach, T4 at The Northern Trust Open, T17 at The WGC Cadillac, win at The Valspar, a solo 2nd in Texas and a P2 last week in Houston. Last year, Spieth came close to winning in Augusta, but feel off the lead on the back nine due to some late bogeys and finished T2 on five under for the tournament.

He also seems to fit the bill statswise ranking eighth in strokes gained tee to green, fifth in strokes gained putting and 39th in scrambling. He also ranks fifth in par 4 scoring, first in par 4 birdie or better leaders and second in approaches from 150-175, which is a good stat for approaches into some of the longer par 4’s. Spieth is even more experienced this time around and is in superb current form and knows how to win in a top class field.

 

Jaosn Day 14/1 The Masters

Jason Day 14/1

Jason Day has been in great form so far this year and hasn’t finished worse than T17 in five of his last six tournaments. He had a great start to the year with a T3 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, which included an impressive final round 62. He followed that with a respectable T17 at The Sony Open in Hawaii and won the following week at The Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines beating J.B. Holmes in a playoff. He then went on to have yet another good week at The AT&T in Pebble Beach finishing T4, which included a superb 62 in round 2.

Most recently, he finished T31 at The WGC Cadillac in Doral and had a good week at Bay Hill finishing T17 on nine under for the tournament. Day has come close to winning the Masters in the past finishing T20 last year, solo 3rd in 2013 and T2 in 2011.

He ranks ninth in driving distance, third in GIR, 19th in strokes gained tee to green and 12th in approaches from 125-150, which is good stat for approaches into the longer par 4’s. Day also ranks ninth in scrambling, eighth in par 3 scoring, first in par 4 scoring and 44th in par 5 scoring. With great current form and a good history at Augusta, this could be the year Jason Day wins his first major.

 

Henrik Stenson Th Masters 18/1

Henrik Stenson 18/1

With three top five’s in his last three tournaments, it’s hard to leave Henrik Stenson out of the selections this week. He played well in Doral at The WGC Cadillac finishing T4 on four under for the tournament. He followed that with a solo 4th at The Valspar and a solo 2nd at The Arnold Palmer Invitational in Bay Hill, which he should have won if it weren’t for a couple of missed putts.

Stenson has three top 20’s at Augusta since 2008. He played well here last year finishing T14 on +1 for the tournament. In 2013, he finished T18 and level par for the week. Stenson ranks 13th in driving accuracy, second in GIR, second in strokes gained tee to green and second in strokes gained putting.

He also ranks third in approaches from 125-150 and 27th in approaches from 225-250, which are two good stats for approaches into the longer par 4’s and par 5’s. Stenson also ranks fourth in scrambling, eighth in par 3 scoring and second in par 4 scoring. He decided to withdraw from Houston last week to get some practice in Augusta, which should stand to him. He has contended in majors before and is in much better form this time around than he has been in previous years.

 

Jimmy Walker 25/1 The Masters

Jimmy Walker 25/1

After recording his second victory of 2015 in his home town of San Antonio, Texas a couple of weeks ago, Jimmy Walker is another player showing some brilliant form this season. He played superb from start to finish and topped driving accuracy, GIR and strokes gained putting stats for the tournament. He started the new season with a T4 at The Shriners Open back in October and followed that with a solo 15th at The Hero World Challenge. He began 2015 at The Hyundai Tournament of Champions and finished P2 after losing a playoff to Patrick Reed.

He quickly bounced back and won the Sony Open in Hawaii the following week and followed that with a T7 at The Farmers in Torrey Pines. He played well at The AT&T in Pebble finishing in a respectable T21 and finished T31 at The WGC Cadillac. Walker is another player that seems to suit Augusta, finishing T8 here last year.

Statswise he ticks all the boxes ranking 17th in driving distance, 21st in GIR, 12th in strokes gained tee to green and third in strokes gained putting. He also ranks seventh in approaches from 125-150, 35th in par 3 scoring, 12th in par 4 scoring and fourth in par 5 scoring. With two wins already under his belt this year, Jimmy Walker looks to be in great form and could add another victory to his ever growing trophy cabinet in Augusta.

 

Matt Kuchar The Masters 33/1

Matt Kuchar 33/1

Kuchar is one of the most consistent players in the world and has only finished outside the top 25 twice in his last 10 tournaments. He started the season with a T21 at The Frys, T22 at The McGladrey and a T8 at The Hero World Challenge. He followed that with a T17 at The Hyundai Tournament of Champions and a T3 at The Sony Open. He then had a T2 at The Humana, T23 at The WGC Cadillac and most recently, a T15 at The Texas Open.

Kuchar’s record in Augusta is superb with a T5 last year, T8 in 2013, T3 in 2012, T27 in 2011 and a T24 in 2010. He ranks 15th in strokes gained putting, fifth in scrambling, fifth in par 4 scoring and 19th in par 5 scoring. With steady form so far this season and a great record at Augusta over the last three years, Kuchar could be a big contender this week.

 

Final selections –

Bubba Watson 2pts EW 10/1

Jordan Speith 2 pts EW 10/1

Jason Day 2 pts EW 14/1

Henrik Stenson 1.5 pts EW 18/1

Jimmy Walker 1.5 pts EW 25/1

Matt Kuchar 33/1 1 pt EW 33/1

Total staked = 20 pts

 

Good luck and enjoy the golf,

 

Doublebogey6

Follow me on Twitter @Doublebogey63

Like me on Facebook www.facebook.com/doublebogey6