Masters Best Bets: Augusta tips from Steve Rawlings, Dave Tindall, Ben Coley and more

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"Justin Thomas loves to hit low, shaped shots off the tee, ideal when the fairways have some kick to them, and there is no better iron player in the field. If the putter behaves - and it hasn't always here, but there are signs he's adjusting to the greens - he can collect his first green jacket at a course which plays to his strengths."

SportingLife.com's Ben Coley

US Masters 2021: The Punter's in-depth preview

Ahead of Thursday's start at August Steve Rawlings has everything covered with his comprehensive preview. Make sure you read Steve's in-play updates once the year's first Major gets underway.

Steve says: "Having played here just once, in the soft conditions in November, when he shot rounds of 70-74-70-74 to finish 44th, 24-year-old Morikawa can't be described as a great fit according to the trends but he's just too good to leave out of the portfolio at 38.037/1.

"Morikawa has everything apart from a consistently good putter but when the flatstick works he tends to win and in his last 20 starts he's won the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village, the USPGA Championship and the WGC - Workday so he's far from frightened to win big events."

Collin Morkiawa @ 38.037/1 to win the US Masters

The Masters 2021 Player Guide: Profiles of every player chasing Green Jacket glory

Not tips as such but detailed profiles of every player at the Masters that should help you make your picks, as Matt Cooper guides you through the full field chasing Green Jacket glory.

Matt says: "There was the possibility that Rahm would miss this week, or at least require a quick getaway, but that prospect changed with the announcement that Rahm and his wife Kelley had welcomed the arrival of their first child, Kepa. Suddenly, the prospect of the Spaniard doing a Danny Willett (new baby/Green Jacket double) is real and his recent record at Augusta is sensational.

"In Rahm's first five laps there he failed to equal par four times, never mind break it, and averaged 73.20. In the 11 rounds since he's defeated par 10 times, gone sub-60 on seven occasions, and has averaged 68.91."

John Rahm @ 13.5 to win the US Masters

US Masters 2021 Each-Way Tips: Berger ready to make major breakthrough

Dave Tindall has three each-way selections for the US Masters at Augusta National with 10 places paid on the Betfair Sportsbook.

Dave says: "The 27-year-old was second at halfway in the 2020 US PGA Championship which was another building block and I have a feeling this could be his time.

"So many Masters winners have grown up or gone to college in the south-east and Berger is a born-and-bred Floridian who went to FSU (along with four-time major winner Brooks Koepka).

"Tied ninth at Sawgrass on his last strokeplay start, Berger looks a strong bet at 33/1 with 10 each-way places."

Back Daniel Berger E/W @ 34.033/1

US Masters 2021 European Challenge: Casey can reward an each-way play

Our European Tour tipster Matt Cooper takes a close look at the continent's Augusta challenge and has two each-way selections with the Betfair Sportsbook paying 10 places.

Matt says: "In his last six starts at Augusta Casey has finished top six three times, T15th on another occasion and had that fast start last year which fizzled away to T38th. The only bad effort came when he opened with an 81 in 2019, an absolute outlier for him since 2015.

"He was excellent in last year's majors, he's rock solid at Augusta, he's a winner this year, and over the last eight weeks he has the second-best adjusted scoring average in the field."

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Back Paul Casey E/W @ 31.030/1

US Masters 2021: Thomas to rise to challenge and Walker to make cut

Sporting Life's Ben Coley chips in with two tips for the US Masters, recommending a bet on the outright winner and one in the Sportsbook's market on who makes the cut.

Ben says: "Firm, fast greens and a generally excellent weather forecast should guarantee a return to what you might call a proper Masters, and Justin Thomas can rise to the challenge.

He loves to hit low, shaped shots off the tee, ideal when the fairways have some kick to them, and there is no better iron player in the field. If the putter behaves - and it hasn't always here, but there are signs he's adjusting to the greens - he can collect his first green jacket at a course which plays to his strengths.

Back Justin Thomas to win the US Masters @ 13.012/1

Jimmy Walker has struggled badly since winning the 2016 PGA Championship, his career derailed by Lyme disease, and this one-time Augusta contender will never win a green jacket. But he might yet sign off with a blemish-free record in the Masters and is fancied to make the cut yet again on what's his eighth and perhaps final appearance.

So far, Walker is seven-from-seven, and on six of these visits he's been 38th or better. Only in November did he labour to 60th having made the cut on the number, but every time he's played here in April he's progressed without any alarm whatsoever. Prices around the 2/1 mark that he again tees off at the weekend look very generous.

Back Jimmy Walker to make the cut at 2/1

US Masters 2021: Find Me a 100 Winner

Profits were made with 139/1 runner-up Cameron Smith at last year's US Masters so Steve Rawlings is back with three more trading monster-priced hopefuls this time around.

Steve says: "Harman putted brilliantly when finishing third at the Players Championship in his penultimate outing - ranking first for Putting Average and for Strokes Gained Putting - and he showed that to be no fluke when reaching the quarter-finals of the WGC Dell Matchplay last time out, thanks to an incredible victory against Bubba Watson in which he birdied seven holes in-a-row to go from four down to three up between holes seven and 13.

"This is the Georgia native's third US Masters appearance following a missed cut in 2015 and a 44th in 2018 so he doesn't emphatically tick the course form box but he did break 70 in round four in '18 and he finished second at the US Open in 2017 after two missed cuts in that major."

"Left-handers have a terrific record in the US Masters and Harman's simply playing too well to ignore at a huge price in his home state. "

Back Brian Harman 2u @ 200.0199/1 Place order to lay 10u @ 10.09/1 & 10u @ 2.35/4

US Masters First-Round Leader Tips: Cantlay can cash in on golden slot

They're off at just after 1pm (UK time) on Thursday at Augusta but Dave Tindall advises waiting for the late starters for your first round leader plays. And he has found a very likely candidate for glory in Patrick Cantlay.

Dave says: "Patrick Cantlay is ranked 1st for Round 1 Scoring Average on the PGA Tour this season which is a pretty good opening reason for backing him.

"The Californian averages 68.10 per round and a 62 helped him post the first-round lead at Pebble Beach earlier this season.

"Six tournaments earlier he fired a Thursday 62 at the Shriners in Las Vegas to lie second after 18 holes.

"While he hasn't yet started fast at the US Masters, Cantlay has shown he can go low at Augusta National: he shot a 64 in round three in 2019 and hung up a 66 in round two in November."

Back Patrick Cantlay to be first round leader @ 29.028/1

US Masters 2021 Top 5/10 Finish Tips: Spieth can stay hot at Augusta

Next Dave assesses the mood of the players and arms you with the stats that matter for a punt on the Top 5 and Top 10 Finish markets ahead of the 2021 US Masters. He makes the case for backing Jordan Spieth to continue his impressive form.

Dave says:

"Spieth is the man of the moment after crowning his return to form with a wonderful win in Texas last week. He has some good history of playing well the week before a major and then excelling in the main event itself so no wonder his price has crashed. Arriving at Augusta, he said: 'When you're coming here in form, it's a good feeling when you arrive here, and I've had that a few times. I've had it where I pulled down after missing a cut or played well not leading up to it and still played well here, too. I love being here. I love being on the grounds. It's my favourite tournament in the world. I've expressed that many times in here.'

"Spieth's theory on why he has such a brilliant Augusta record is based on putting prowess: 'I've really fared well on the greens. Whether I've come in putting well or even in tough putting years, the ball seems to find the hole here, when I get on the putting surface. I think a lot of that has to do with speed control. I think mid-range and even long-range putting and touch putting is more important here than it is just about anywhere else. I would say that over anything else has been the biggest strength over the years.'"

Back Jordan Spieth for Top 5 @ 4.84/1

US Masters 2021: Steve Rawlings' pick of the Betfair's specials markets

Fancy something a little bit different for betting at the Masters this week? Steve's had a good look at the plethora of side markets and he's picked out five bets ranging from 6/4 to 80/1.

Steve says: "Although his recent placings don't scream back to form, three time US Masters champ, Phil Mickelson, has been producing some good numbers of late and he'll relish a return to the scene of some of his finest triumphs.

"Now 50, he's the odds-on favourite to win the Top Senior market but I'm happy to swerve the odds-on there and take 5/2 about a top-30 finish. If Phil can make the weekend, I suspect the juices will flow again and even if he starts round three outside the top-30, I'd expect his experience to count for plenty as conditions harden and he could easily just keep climbing the leaderboard."

Back Phil Mickelson - Top 30 Finish @ 5/2 (3.55/2)

US Masters 2021: Three-ball picks for the opening round at Augusta

Lefty also features as Paul Krishnamurty marks your card for the opening round of the US Masters 2021 by recommending five bets across our three-ball coupon.

Paul says: "I try to avoid backing odds-on chances in three-balls. Too risky over 18 holes. However an exception is legitimate at the Masters for a few reasons. The form bank here is deep, and stands up. Augusta presents well-known challenges demanding specific skills. The field includes numerous no-hopers, from former champs to amateurs.

"Take this group. Ian Woosnam hasn't made the cut here in 13 years and only twice this century. He hasn't gone round in par since 2006. It is very hard to make a case for Jim Herman either, whose sole visit in 2016 produced rounds of 75/78, and comes in off five missed cuts from six.

"This group is unlikely to take much winning at all. A round of 75 may well be enough and in Cink we're backing a rock-solid, reliable performer. He's made 12 out of 18 Augusta cuts, hitting more than 76 in only three out of 60 rounds here. His recent form is by far the best too."

Back Stewart Cink 6u @ 1.774/5 (Starts 13.24)

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