With the US Masters so nearly upon us, Steve has taken a good look around all the side markets to see what value he can find. He wants to be against a few favourites and in Thorbjorn Olesen he thinks he's found a great bet...
“I really like the 8.07/1 on offer about Thorbjorn Olesen in the Top Scandinavian market and the classy young Dane is my idea of the best value in the side markets this week.”
So here we are on the eve of the year's first major, the US Masters, and I think we've got everything covered. There's Mike Norman's In-Play trends piece, Paul Krishnamurty's course guide and back to lay trades article, player profiles and of course, the regular features like Paul's Find Me A 100 Winner column, our each-way fancies for the week and my preview.
In addition to all of that, several of us have looked at various side markets which you'll find in our comprehensive US Masters section and just to finish the week off, I've scanned the remaining markets to see what value's left.
The tactics I like to adopt with these side markets is to find a small field with a short priced favourite and the Top Irish fits that bill perfectly with just three competitors - Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke.
As the favourite in the outright market, Rory's chance is of course obvious but his Masters form of 20-MC-15-40-25 isn't absolutely convincing and whilst G-Mac has missed the cut here on four of his six visits, when he did make the weekend, in 2009 and 2012, he finished 17th and 12th respectfully and finished in front of Rors. Darren Clarke is woefully out of form and odds-on to miss the cut so we could be looking at a match and given G-Mac has beaten Rory twice in the last five years here, anything above 3.55/2 looks worth a play.
Employing the same tactics, I'm also going to take on Sergio Garcia in the Top Spaniard market. I concede that Sergio's chance of winning the tournament is far and away better than any of his three compatriots playing, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal, but the same principle applies.
I can't see former winner, Olazabal, contending but Gonzo has finished 61st and 20th in his first two attempts in the last two years and I've already optimistically taken a chance on Jimenez in the outright market so I'm backing those two to finish in front of Sergio.
And finally, I really like the 8.07/1 on offer about Thorbjorn Olesen in the Top Scandinavian market. The Sportsbook compilers have gone out on a limb offering an industry-wide best 2.01/1 about favourite, Henrik Stenson, who's 1.51/2 elsewhere but Stenson's Augusta form is ordinary and in eight attempts he's never got close to Olesen's 6th on debut last year and with the injury-ravaged Peter Hanson, Thomas Bjorn, who's never taken to Augusta, and debutant Jonas Blixt, the only other contender, the classy young Dane is my idea of the best value in the side markets this week.
Graeme McDowell @ 3.55/2 (Top Irish)
Miguel Angel Jimenez @ 6.05/1 (Top Spaniard)
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano @ 7.06/1 (Top Spaniard)
Thorbjorn Olesen @ 8.07/1 (Top Scandinavian)
I'll be back on Friday with the In-Play Blog.
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