The 2018 Masters is here and 87 golfers are lined up to tee off at the awe-inspiring Augusta National – and it could be the year of home-grown big hitters.
Tiger Woods looks back to his best, Bubba has already won twice this year on the PGA tour and with Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas all getting wins under their belts this calendar year, the 2018 Masters promises to be one of the most exciting in recent history.
A global contingent headed up by Rory McIlroy and including the likes of Jason Day, Justin Rose and defending champion Sergio Garcia will be prime candidates to take the Green Jacket out of US hands.
Although the line-up looks incredibly exciting, there are also a fair few outsiders that may prove to be value for money come Masters Thursday.
Here are Marathonbet’s leftfield contenders…
It seems odd to say that the world number 17 is an outsider. However, with such big names all coming to Georgia in great form, Tyrrell has gone mostly under the radar and has played some magnificent golf in 2018 as he looks secure a first Major.
The Hoff produced a magical 65 in round one last year. He’s still yet to show he can do it over the four days but is always in with a chance and may be a great pick for first round leader.
His game seems to have slipped since claiming the 2016 Open Championship. The big hitting Swede can be one of the most exciting players on his day. In 2018, he has been out of sorts and has never looked like challenging at previous Masters, meaning he will probably win by 10!
Four top ten finishes in his last six outings at the Masters mean Kucchhhhh loves this course. Not many in the world of sport would begrudge the 39-year-old throwing on the Green Jacket and a Kuchar win would certainly prove popular with spectators at Augusta National.
There always tends to be one Brit in the hunt for a Green Jacket going into the final Sunday. Nine times out of ten it always appears to be Lee Westwood. This year Lee is missing out and Paul Casey may be left flying the flag for British hopes in 2018. Form suggests that may be unlikely as he has only registered two wins on the other side of the pond. However, Paul has three straight top six finishes at Augusta and has a recent victory in the Valspar Championship in March.
Tradition would suggest that the Par 3 winner never puts on the Green Jacket, so, whatever you do, make sure you wait until Thursday to back your winner – or could this year break the mould?
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