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Looking Ahead to the Masters in Augusta

November 25, 2013

If you'll forgive us for being a little over-eager, we think it's time to start talking about The Masters. Taking place in Augusta, Georgia from April 10-13, the tournament is a little while away yet, but the odds are already out and the clubhouses of the world are starting to buzz with chatter about what's going to happen in the first major of 2013.

Can Scott retain his title?

When the Australian Adam Scott beat Angel Cabrera in the play-off this April to clinch his first major title, he became the first Aussie ever to win The Masters. Speaking after the tournament, a delighted Scott told members of the media, "This is the one thing in golf we hadn't been able to achieve. It's amazing that it's my destiny to be the first Australian to win."

But there's a serious question mark over Scott's ability to drive, chip and putt his way to repeat victory in 2014. As a 16/1 outsider, he's far from fancied for the outright win. Nevertheless, the reigning champ will enter the fray with high hopes.

Will Rory come roaring back, or is it Tiger's time once again?

Somewhat predictably, Tiger Woods approaches The Masters as favourite to emerge victorious, at 6/1. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson tie for second shortest odds at 14/1. If these odds tell us anything about the bigger picture of international pro golf at the present time, it's that the field is currently wide open, with everything to play for and even the greatest players experiencing intermittent form at best. Those odds will shorten as the tournament approaches, with the possibility of illnesses, injuries and lapses in ability decreasing gradually over time, making this a great time to place a bet if you're particularly sure of any one player - online casino gambling purists could capitalise on this opportunity to try their hand at sports betting.

Don't bet against on-song Swede Stenson

Henrik Stenson has enjoyed a remarkable change of fortunes of late, travelling from somewhere outside the international top 200 to a position as one of the men to beat in the space of a few short years. Stenson is on remarkable form as we approach 2014, having recently become the first player ever to win both The Fed Ex Cup and The Race to Dubai in the same season. Both wins were impressive, but Stenson's victory in The Race to Dubai was particularly commanding, ending with a blindingly good final round of 64 in bleak and wind-swept conditions. At 20/1 for The Masters in Augusta, Stenson is surely a terrific outside bet.

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