US Masters Betting: Put your hat on big priced Tyrrell for Augusta

Control...Tyrrell Hatton's short game makes him well suited to Augusta
Control...Tyrrell Hatton's short game makes him well suited to Augusta

Danny Willett stunned the golfing world at The Masters a year ago. Ralph Ellis has been watching the progress of another rising English star who could be ready to step up...


"I can’t help but feel that 70.069/1 to win the Masters is a huge price given his form, and 12.011/1 to finish in the top five looks equally generous."

Tyrrell Hatton was five-years-old when he won his first tournament, the Wycombe Heights Junior Masters. His prize was a little green jacket.

Here we are some 24 years later and he's a genuine contender for THE Green Jacket, the one handed each year to the winner of the US Masters at Augusta.

A year after Danny Willett stunned the golf world by calmly taking advantage of Jordan Spieth's disastrous "Tin Cup moment" at the 12th, Hatton will head down Magnolia Lane believing he can be the next unknown Englishman to scoop the prize.

And after the start he's had to this season, and indeed his last 18 months of astonishing progress, Hatton has to be viewed as far more than just an outside hope when the first ball is struck from the first tee next Thursday.

Maybe I'm a bit biased because he came over as such a likeable young man when I talked to him for the Betfair Big Interview a couple of years ago when he was just trying to break into the top 100 for the first time. But I can't help but feel that 70.069/1 to win the Masters is a huge price given his form, and 12.011/1 to finish in the top five looks equally generous.

Since winning the Alfred Dunhill Links last Autumn when he shot 62 round the Old Course at St Andrew's he's played 10 strokeplay tournaments and finished in the top 10 in seven of them. He's gone from 98 in the world rankings last July to 15 now.

In his build-up to Augusta he finished fourth in both the Honda Classic and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. A careless couple of penalty strokes that cost him his place in the WGC Matchplay has disguised the level of his form.

Hatton's story is one of those heart-warming tales of a boy who has got to the top through sheer love of the game and unremitting hard work. His dad Jeff, a seven handicapper, runs a custom club fitting company from his grandmother's garage and has coached his boy since the age of 11.

He'll be in Augusta and caddying for the traditional par three contest the day before it all gets serious. He should be proud of how his son has learned to live at the top.

Hatton unquestionably has the game for Augusta. He drives long but more importantly straight, and his short game is dazzling. On those lightning fast greens his consistency at sinking putts from within six feet will be crucial.

Hatton's ascent of the rankings has flown largely under the radar. The golf world in general has been focused on Dustin Johnson's increasingly tight grip on the game (he's 7.06/1 favourite for the Masters), while British interest has centred on Rory McIlroy .2 and his efforts to regain the number one spot.

But just as Willett became a household name for his adventures in Augusta a year ago, so young Tyrrell could be the next to capture the imagination of the wider public. And while this Green Jacket will be a much bigger size than his first golfing prize, it will fit perfectly.


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