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It's that time of year with the US Masters rolling around and all the hype is with Tiger Woods returning to the number one spot and looking to grab his first major in 5 years.

Augusta National Golf Club sets the scene for one of the most intriguing majors in recent years as throughout the last 5 years the only repeat major winner is Rory Mcllroy who has struggled throughout 2013 since making the decision to join the Nike team.

Augusta is a course that rewards the brave, the consistent and the big hitters as we saw last year with Bubba Watson dominant over the par 5's with his long drive which had him consistently on the green for 2.

Betting

Best Bets
Luke Donald $41.00 BEST BET $3.75 for top 10 finish
Donald has three top 10 finishes in the US Masters in the past eight years. He arrives well rested and has primed himself for this tournament after arriving a week early to fine tune his game on the course proper. Since October he has two third place finishes and two top 20's, follow Donald at some good odds

Value Outsiders
Jason Duffner -  $51.00 Last years leader after 36 holes Duffner knows how to make birdees around this course, definite value.
George Cortzee - $151.00 A new edition to the worlds top 40 golfers has allowed the South African Cortzee to qualify for Augusta. A much improved player who wouldn't surprise if a high finish is on the cards this week.
Robert Galligus - $251.00 - A huge hitter of the ball who did finish third in the 2011 US Open. Galligus can be very inconsistent however if he brings his match play form from earlier this year he will be right in this tournament.
 
 
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One of the world’s most enthralling head to head battles and certainly the showpiece of golf is the Ryder Cup. The tournament is this year being held at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois, the course shouldn’t favour either side as the Europeans boast a wealth of USPGA tour experience these days.



The Line Ups –

Team Europe

Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Justin Rose; Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Peter Lawrie, Sergio Garcia; Martin Kaymer, Nicolas Colsaerts, Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson

The Europeans are the reigning champs after winning by a point in Wales 2 years ago & I suggest are coming in with a lot more form. Currently the Europeans have 4 of the top 5 players in the world at their disposal in young gun Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Justin Rose. All players would have learnt a lot from the experience last time out however they will have to overcome some average performances in American Ryder cup appearance to take the win. Mid teir player Justin Rose and now veteran Sergio Garcia will need to be on the positive side of the ledger by the end of the week for the Europeans.

Team USA

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Brand Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson

The Americans field a similar line up to the one that was ultra-impressive in winning the Presidents Cup in Australia last year. Although short on players at the very top of the world rankings the American appear to have the overall more well rounded squad and with local support should be primed for a big weekend. Amazingly though not one American player appears to go into this year’s Ryder Cup with a winning % on their side! Even the great Tiger Woods has won 13 lost 14.

Verdict

I don’t think the Europeans are ready to lose their grip on the Ryder cup trophy just yet. With their top players in career best form they will take a lot of confidence into this event. The atmosphere will be electric but with so many inexperienced players to the Ryder Cup stage the Americans look vulnerable, how far can veterans Mickelson and Furyk take them this time.

Take the Europeans at $2.50 head to head – they will give a great sight!

For a more exotic bet look at Luke Donald for most Tournament points – market not up yet however should be good value Friday.