THIS year at the Masters, more than any other, I get the feeling we're in for a real treat.

The three market leaders absolutely love the course and all look in good shape. Tiger Woods has regained the No.1 ranking and positive vibes about his putting continue to reach us.

World No.2 Rory McIlroy looked on his way back to his phenomenal best last time out and could be peaking at the perfect time. Make no mistake, the two will have one eye on each other and we could be in for the dream scenario – a Sunday shoot-out between the two best players in the world. It could even be Woods v McIlroy in a final day two-ball, keep your fingers crossed.

Young teenage golfers are something of a rarity at Majors. I'm not expecting 14-year-old Chinese golfer Guan Tianlang to be challenging the top of the leaderboard this week but the youngster earned his place in the field on merit and has played endless practice rounds, receiving glowing praise from Tiger Woods, Ben Crenshaw and numerous others.

I think he looks a decent price @ 5.0 to win his day one three-ball with Matteo Manassero and Crenshaw, which looks odds-on to be the shortest hitting group on the fairways.

Nick Watney has an excellent Masters record: he's made the cut on each of his five visits with his best finish being seventh in 2010 when he shot the best round of the tournament with a 65 on the final day. Watney's partners this week are Steve Stricker, who has often struggled at Augusta, and Ernie Els, who has struggled since his Open Championship victory.

Martin Laird's victory at last week's Valero Texas Open was all the more impressive when you consider it was his first piece of worthwhile form this season and a Masters invite was on the line.

With that confidence-boosting performance Laird now becomes a contender for a big week. The Scot was 20th on debut at Augusta in 2011 and made the cut again last year on his second visit. Playing partners Jamie Donaldson (debutant) and Mark O'Meara (in good form on the Champions Tour, possible danger) have it all to do to match him.

His results since his win on the first week of his season haven't been anything to write home about but it's perhaps fair to say Russell Henley has had one eye on Augusta. This Masters rookie was born and raised in Georgia and was apparently the first man banging on the door at Augusta for a practice round once his invite was secure.

Remarkably, he's already played in two Majors (US Open 2010, 11) and made the cut on both occassions. Henley has a big future in the game and is a fair price at even money to outscore Brian Gay and veteran Larry Mize in round one.

Recommended Bets

Back McIlroy/Woods double @ 2.7
Back Guan Tianlang @ 5.0
Back Nick Watney @ 2.75
Back Martin Laird @ 1.95
Back Russell Henley @ 2.0

Milesey (Betfair)

12 Comments
  1. Daryl Cruickshank 9 years ago

    Fancy KJ Choi, Augusta specialist to defeat McDowell and Zach Johnson@8/5

    • Milesey 9 years ago

      US Masters Three Ball Tips:

      Recommended Bets

      3:45pm T Woods (USA), L Donald (Eng), S Piercy (USA)
      6:41pm R McIlroy (Nir), K Bradley (USA), F Jacobson (Swe)
      Back McIlroy/Woods double @ 2.7

      5:24pm B Crenshaw (USA), M Manassero (Ita), T Guan (Chn)
      Back Guan Tianlang @ 5.0

      5:13pm E Els (Rsa), S Stricker (USA), N Watney (USA)
      Back Nick Watney @ 2.75

      4:29pm M O’Meara (USA), M Laird (Sco), J Donaldson (Wal)
      Back Martin Laird @ 1.95

      1:11pm L Mize (USA), B Gay (USA), R Henley (USA)
      Back Russell Henley @ 2.0

      US MASTERS 2013
      —————

      Recommended Bets
      Back Lee Westwood each-way @ 31.0
      Back Matt Kuchar @ 3.9 to finish Top 10
      Back Hunter Mahan @ 5.0 to finish Top 10
      Back Peter Hanson @ 8.0 to finish as Top Continental European
      Back Tiger Woods @ 5.4

      MY E/W SELECTIONS……………..

      Louis Oosthuizen @ 31.0
      Hunter Mahan @ 41.0
      Richard Sterne @ 201.0
      Martin Laird @ 111.0

      Milesey

  2. Milesey 9 years ago

    Thursday – Round One (all BST)

    1:00pm S Lyle (Sco), J Peterson (USA), N Smith (USA)

    1:11pm L Mize (USA), B Gay (USA), R Henley (USA)

    1:22pm I Woosnam (Wal), D Lynn (Eng), K Na (USA)

    1:33pm D Toms (USA), R Sterne (Rsa), T Potter Jr (USA)

    1:44pm T Watson (USA), R Moore (USA), K Streelman (USA)

    1:55pm R Garrigus (USA), C Pettersson (Swe), T Clark (Rsa)

    2:06pm M Weir (Can), L Westwood (Eng), J Furyk (USA)

    2:17pm B Snedeker (USA), R Ishikawa (Jpn), J Rose (Eng)

    2:28pm J Olazabal (Esp), M Leishman (Aus), T Vogel (USA)

    2:39pm C Schwartzel (Rsa), W Simpson (USA), P Hanson (Swe)

    2:50pm Z Johnson (USA), KJ Choi (Kor), G McDowell (NIr)

    3:12pm M Thompson (USA), J Huh (USA), J Senden (Aus)

    3:23pm S Cink (USA), N Colsaerts (Bel), T Wiratchant (Tha)

    3:34pm B Watson (USA), I Poulter (Eng), S Fox (USA)

    3:45pm T Woods (USA), L Donald (Eng), S Piercy (USA)

    3:56pm J. Day (Aus), R Fowler (USA), P Harrington (Irl)

    4:07pm J Merrick (USA), T Olesen (Den), DA Points (USA)

    4:18pm C Stadler (USA), B Curtis (USA), M Weaver (USA)

    4:29pm M O’Meara (USA), M Laird (Sco), J Donaldson (Wal)

    4:40pm P Lawrie (Sco), T Bjorn (Den), G Fernandez-Castano (Esp)

    4:51pm T Immelman (Rsa), G Coetzee (Rsa), A Dunbar (NIr)

    5:13pm E Els (Rsa), S Stricker (USA), N Watney (USA)

    5:24pm B Crenshaw (USA), M Manassero (Ita), T Guan (Chn)

    5:35pm B Langer (Ger), L Glover (USA), H Stenson (Swe)

    5:46pm V Singh (Fij), B Van Pelt (USA), YE Yang (Kor)

    5:57pm A Cabrera (Arg), S Garcia (Esp), A Scott (Aus)

    6:08pm F Couples (USA), D Johnson (USA), B Grace (Rsa)

    6:19pm H Mahan (USA), H Fujita (Jpn), F Molinari (Ita)

    6:30pm P Mickelson (USA), L Oosthuizen (Rsa), M Kaymer (Ger)

    6:41pm R McIlroy (Nir), K Bradley (USA), F Jacobson (Swe)

    6:52pm J Dufner (USA), M Kuchar (USA), B Haas (USA)

    Friday – Round Two

    1:00pm J Merrick (USA), T Olesen (Den), DA Points (USA)

    1:11pm C Stadler (USA), B Curtis (USA), M Weaver (USA)

    1:22pm M O’Meara (USA), M Laird (Sco), J Donaldson (Wal)

    1:33pm P Lawrie (Sco), T Bjorn (Den), G Fernandez-Castano (Esp)

    1:44pm T Immelman (Rsa), G Coetzee (Rsa), A Dunbar (NIr)

    1:55pm E Els (Rsa), S Stricker (USA), N Watney (USA)

    2:06pm B Crenshaw (USA), M Manassero (Ita), T Guan (Chn)

    2:17pm B Langer (Ger), L Glover (USA), H Stenson (Swe)

    2:28pm V Singh (Fij), B Van Pelt (USA), YE Yang (Kor)

    2:39pm A Cabrera (Arg), S Garcia (Esp), A Scott (Aus)

    2:50pm F Couples (USA), D Johnson (USA), B Grace (Rsa)

    3:12pm H Mahan (USA), H Fujita (Jpn), F Molinari (Ita)

    3:23pm P Mickelson (USA), L Oosthuizen (Rsa), M Kaymer (Ger)

    3:34pm R McIlroy (Nir), K Bradley (USA), F Jacobson (Swe)

    3:45pm J Dufner (USA), M Kuchar (USA), B Haas (USA)

    3:56pm S Lyle (Sco), J Peterson (USA), N Smith (USA)

    4:07pm L Mize (USA), B Gay (USA), R Henley (USA)

    4:18pm I Woosnam (Wal), D Lynn (Eng), K Na (USA)

    4:29pm D Toms (USA), R Sterne (Rsa), T Potter Jr (USA)

    4:40pm T Watson (USA), R Moore (USA), K Streelman (USA)

    4:51pm R Garrigus (USA), C Pettersson (Swe), T Clark (Rsa)

    5:13pm M Weir (Can), L Westwood (Eng), J Furyk (USA)

    5:24pm B Snedeker (USA), R Ishikawa (Jpn), J Rose (Eng)

    5:35pm J Olazabal (Esp), M Leishman (Aus), T Vogel (USA)

    5:46pm C Schwartzel (Rsa), W Simpson (USA), P Hanson (Swe)

    5:57pm Z Johnson (USA), KJ Choi (Kor), G McDowell (NIr)

    6:08pm M Thompson (USA), J Huh (USA), J Senden (Aus)

    6:19pm S Cink (USA), N Colsaerts (Bel), T Wiratchant (Tha)

    6:30pm B Watson (USA), I Poulter (Eng), S Fox (USA)

    6:41pm T Woods (USA), L Donald (Eng), S Piercy (USA)

    6:52pm J. Day (Aus), R Fowler (USA), P Harrington (Irl)

    Milesey

  3. geesaclue 9 years ago

    woods 5/6
    coetzee ev
    d johnston ev

    3 doubles & a treble to get the week going

  4. Stevie H 9 years ago

    Bill Haas is im great form and at 66/1 im all over it! Small stakes ofcourse ;-)

    Hunter Mahan & Adam Scott my other 2 aswell

  5. Milesey 9 years ago

    Anyone know of a site where they give the 3 ball scores, and not just a leaderboard ?

    http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard

    http://www.augusta.com/masters/leaderboard

    http://www.masters.com/en_US/scores/index.html

    i know on here you can get the whole leaderboard, but looking at 3 ball scores for the masters later.

    Milesey

  6. suzie 9 years ago

    Milesey/Mr F ..just to clarify,is the 3 ball golf a group of 3 players against each other in 1st round & winner is lowest par score at end of day??? what happens if theres a tie ??

    • Mr Fixit 9 years ago

      Suzie, Milesey’s explained that one for you I see, he doesn’t have a dug to walk!

  7. Milesey 9 years ago

    3 Ball Betting

    For the first two days of most tournaments, golfers go out in groups of 3 players called 3 balls. This presents the betting opportunity called ‘3 balls’. A price is offered for each player to be the lowest scorer of the three over the eighteen holes. Dead-heat rules apply.

    Should a player in the 3 ball not tee-off all bets in that 3 ball are void. However should a player retire during the round he will be deemed to have played.

    In the event of a 3 ball being re-arranged all bets in that 3 ball will stand as per original pairings.

    3 ball betting is where we offer odds on which of the 3 golfers scores the lowest score.
    3 ball betting is always based on 18 holes/1 round. There is no tie selection offered.
    Should there be a tie for the lowest score as follows; Player A 70, Player B 70, Player C 72 the Dead Heat rules Apply.

    Milesey

    Thursday – Round One (all BST)

    1:00pm S Lyle (Sco), J Peterson (USA), N Smith (USA)

    1:11pm L Mize (USA), B Gay (USA), R Henley (USA)

    1:22pm I Woosnam (Wal), D Lynn (Eng), K Na (USA)

    1:33pm D Toms (USA), R Sterne (Rsa), T Potter Jr (USA)

    1:44pm T Watson (USA), R Moore (USA), K Streelman (USA)

    1:55pm R Garrigus (USA), C Pettersson (Swe), T Clark (Rsa)

    2:06pm M Weir (Can), L Westwood (Eng), J Furyk (USA)

    2:17pm B Snedeker (USA), R Ishikawa (Jpn), J Rose (Eng)

    2:28pm J Olazabal (Esp), M Leishman (Aus), T Vogel (USA)

    2:39pm C Schwartzel (Rsa), W Simpson (USA), P Hanson (Swe)

    2:50pm Z Johnson (USA), KJ Choi (Kor), G McDowell (NIr)

    3:12pm M Thompson (USA), J Huh (USA), J Senden (Aus)

    3:23pm S Cink (USA), N Colsaerts (Bel), T Wiratchant (Tha)

    3:34pm B Watson (USA), I Poulter (Eng), S Fox (USA)

    3:45pm T Woods (USA), L Donald (Eng), S Piercy (USA)

    3:56pm J. Day (Aus), R Fowler (USA), P Harrington (Irl)

    4:07pm J Merrick (USA), T Olesen (Den), DA Points (USA)

    4:18pm C Stadler (USA), B Curtis (USA), M Weaver (USA)

    4:29pm M O’Meara (USA), M Laird (Sco), J Donaldson (Wal)

    4:40pm P Lawrie (Sco), T Bjorn (Den), G Fernandez-Castano (Esp)

    4:51pm T Immelman (Rsa), G Coetzee (Rsa), A Dunbar (NIr)

    5:13pm E Els (Rsa), S Stricker (USA), N Watney (USA)

    5:24pm B Crenshaw (USA), M Manassero (Ita), T Guan (Chn)

    5:35pm B Langer (Ger), L Glover (USA), H Stenson (Swe)

    5:46pm V Singh (Fij), B Van Pelt (USA), YE Yang (Kor)

    5:57pm A Cabrera (Arg), S Garcia (Esp), A Scott (Aus)

    6:08pm F Couples (USA), D Johnson (USA), B Grace (Rsa)

    6:19pm H Mahan (USA), H Fujita (Jpn), F Molinari (Ita)

    6:30pm P Mickelson (USA), L Oosthuizen (Rsa), M Kaymer (Ger)

    6:41pm R McIlroy (Nir), K Bradley (USA), F Jacobson (Swe)

    6:52pm J Dufner (USA), M Kuchar (USA), B Haas (USA)

    • Milesey 9 years ago

      DEAD HEAT RULES
      —————

      A dead heat is when two or more selections in an event tie.

      You could have a two-way dead-heat in a horserace or even a five-way dead-heat in golf (especially for the places in a golf tournament, say a five-way dead-heat for third).

      So what are the bookmaker and sportsbook rules when there is a dead-heat for betting purpose?

      If two selections dead-heat for any placing, half the stake is applied to the selection at full betting odds and the other half of the stake is lost.

      If more than two dead-heat, the stake is proportionally reduced accordingly.

      For example, if you have £10 win bet at 10/1 on a horse and it dead-heats for first place with another horse, then your betting stake is reduced to £5. You are returned £55 (ie: £5 win at 10/1 = £50 + £5 stake returned = £55 returns to you).

      In a dead-heat scenario, what does not happen is that the betting odds are halved. That is not the same thing as halving the stake at all and returns a different figure. If the odds were halved then in the example above you would have a £10 win bet at 5/1 (odds 10/1 halved) = £50 +£10 betting stake returned = £60 returned. That does not happen.

      Do you see the difference? If you half the betting odds then the full stake is returned to you. If you half the stake then only half the stake is returned to you.

      In betting, the dead-heat rules are that it is the STAKE that is halved not the betting odds.

      Obviously were it a three-way tie / dead-heat then the stake would be reduced to one third of the original stake. So a £9 bet placed at 10/1 would become a £3 bet placed at 10/1.

      Milesey

  8. suzie 9 years ago

    Thank you milesey..perfectly written & understood..your a gem lol..

  9. Milesey 9 years ago

    1:11pm L Mize (USA), B Gay (USA), R Henley (USA)
    Back Russell Henley @ 2.0 ** GAY & HENLEY E ** DEAD HEAT **

    Milesey

    ******************

    US Masters Three Ball Tips:

    Recommended Bets

    3:45pm T Woods (USA), L Donald (Eng), S Piercy (USA)
    6:41pm R McIlroy (Nir), K Bradley (USA), F Jacobson (Swe)
    Back McIlroy/Woods double @ 2.7

    5:24pm B Crenshaw (USA), M Manassero (Ita), T Guan (Chn)
    Back Guan Tianlang @ 5.0

    5:13pm E Els (Rsa), S Stricker (USA), N Watney (USA)
    Back Nick Watney @ 2.75

    4:29pm M O’Meara (USA), M Laird (Sco), J Donaldson (Wal)
    Back Martin Laird @ 1.95

    1:11pm L Mize (USA), B Gay (USA), R Henley (USA)
    Back Russell Henley @ 2.0

    US MASTERS 2013
    —————

    Recommended Bets
    Back Lee Westwood each-way @ 31.0
    Back Matt Kuchar @ 3.9 to finish Top 10
    Back Hunter Mahan @ 5.0 to finish Top 10
    Back Peter Hanson @ 8.0 to finish as Top Continental European
    Back Tiger Woods @ 5.4

    MY E/W SELECTIONS……………..

    Louis Oosthuizen @ 31.0
    Hunter Mahan @ 41.0
    Richard Sterne @ 201.0
    Martin Laird @ 111.0

    Milesey

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