TIGERMANIA will hit Augusta this week but the man to beat could be Bubba Watson.
Revived Tiger Woods is sixth favourite for the Masters at 18-1 with BetStars and while he might place I'd want double those odds.
Watson arrives at a hyped-up tournament as the man in form having won twice this season including a spectacular success in the Dell-Tech Match Play two weeks ago when he blew everyone away.
The double Green Jacket winner has all the assets for Augusta – he hits it long, is left-handed and has sharpened up his short game. I'm backing him each way at 16-1 with Paddy Power (8 places).
Another left-hander Phil Mickelson has three Masters triumphs – the last in 2010 – and is back to his best having won the WGC-Mexico this season.
It's been said Augusta was designed for Mickelson and again he should go close at a biggest 18-1 with bet365 (8 places).
Jordan Spieth, the 2015 winner, is 10-1 favourite but a third place at Houston last week doesn't justify that price.
It would be great to see a final pairing of Woods and Rory McIlroy a she tries to complete a career Grand Slam but he is a little short at 12-1 on greens where he struggles.
I'd rather be with Justin Rose who has been runner-up twice in three years and handed it to Sergio Garcia 12 months ago. He is 16-1 with Betfred (6 places).
Georgia lad Russell Henley, who has finished 31st, 21st and 11th in the last three years, is an each-way long shot. He was eighth at Houston and is 110-1 at bet365.
Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat to finish top Asian at 5-1 with Ladbrokes has a chance. Japan's Hideki Matsuyama is evens favourite but off the boil and Aphi shone at the Match Play.
And here's one that can't lose – Sandy Lyle to be top Scot on his final Masters appearance. He's got nothing to beat .. and that's sad.
- Bubba Watson 2pts ew
- Phil Mickelson 1.5pts ew
- Justin Rose 1pt ew
- Russell Henley 0.5pt ew
- Kiradec Aphibarnrat top Asian 1pt
- Fred Couples top Senior 1pt