US Masters Market Movers: The significant price changes ahead of the Augusta showpiece

Who will be posing in the Green Jacket come Sunday night?
Who will be posing in the Green Jacket come Sunday night?

We have just under 72 hours to wait for the season's first major, the mouthwatering US Masters, played at the beautiful Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Plenty of players are attracting cash, and some are on the drift. Mike Norman brings us all the latest market movers...


"World number one Rory McIlroy isn't exactly weak in the market but he's drifted slightly in the last six weeks after some below par efforts (by his standards) on the PGA Tour. The Northern Irishman can be backed at 7.413/2 currently having been matched at a low of 4.84/1."

The early weather forecast suggests we're set for a fine week at Augusta with just a minimal chance of thunderstorms on Thursday and a bit of rain on Saturday, but certainly there's no indication that we'll have a stop-start tournament and/or a dreaded draw bias.

The biggest news in the last few days came from 14-time major champion and four-time Masters winner Tiger Woods who announced that he will take up his invitation and play competitive golf for the first time since he withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open some nine weeks ago.

The former world number one, who last week fell outside of the world's top 100 for the first time in 18 years, has been relatively friendless in the Winner market however, drifting from a low of 9.28/1 all the way out to a high of 75.074/1 when his participation was in some doubt.

Woods' price has now settled at 50.049/1 with the news that he will definitely play, but it will surely take something miraculous from the 39-year-old to get competitive on the form that he has displayed so far in 2015.

World number one Rory McIlroy isn't exactly weak in the market but he's drifted slightly in the last six weeks after some below par efforts (by his standards) on the PGA Tour. The Northern Irishman can be backed at 7.413/2 currently having been matched at a low of 4.84/1.

After a very disappointing season so far Justin Rose has been on the slide dramatically in recent weeks. The Englishman has form figures of MC-MC-55-MC-37 from his last five starts on the PGA Tour and that form has seen his odds double, matched at a low of 24.023/1 he is now trading at 48.047/1.

2013 Masters champion Adam Scott didn't reappear on the PGA Tour until the WGC Cadillac Championship in early March, and a highly encouraging fourth place finish there saw his odds trade at around the 16.015/1 mark for this week's major. But the Aussie's subsequent two starts have resulted in a missed cut and a disappointing 35th place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Scott has now drifted out to 24.023/1 to win this week but he is reportedly going back to the long putter at Augusta after blaming the short putter - which he must use from next season - for his recent below par performances.


Notable Drifters
Tiger Woods - low of 9.28/1, now available at 50.049/1
Rory McIlroy - low of 4.84/1, now available at 7.413/2
Justin Rose - low of 24.023/1, now available at 48.047/1
Adam Scott - low of 15.014/1, now available at 24.023/1
Rickie Fowler - low of 22.021/1, now available at 46.045/1
Sergio Garcia - low of 23.022/1, now available at 50.049/1
Hideki Matsuyama - low of 42.041/1, now available at 75.074/1
Martin Kaymer - low of 30.029/1, now available at 100.099/1
Graeme McDowell - low of 60.059/1, now available at 210.0209/1


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There's only one player to start with when talking about well-backed golfers ahead of the Masters, and it's last year's runner-up Jordan Spieth.

The supremely talented 21-year-old is up to number four in the world following a highly successful season to date. Spieth, who has been matched at a high of 40.039/1 to go one better at Augusta than he did last year, has finished inside the top seven in five of his last six starts including a win and two runner-up finishes in his last three.

If you haven't backed Spieth already then his current odds of 12.011/1 might not appeal massively, but there will be no one driving down Magnolia Lane in better form and with a more confident mood than this gifted American.

And talking of Americans, it's golfers from that nation who absolutely dominate the market in terms of players who have been well-backed in recent weeks.

Defending champion Bubba Watson is into 14.013/1 from a high of 22.021/1 after a promising start to his year, Phil Mickelson showed some signs that he is returning to form in the last fortnight, prompting his odds to shorten from a high of 48.047/1 into 27.026/1, and the increasingly good Patrick Reed has been backed down to 42.041/1 (from a high of 100.099/1).

But undoubtedly the biggest movers in the market are recent winners Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker, and JB Holmes.

Walker has been matched at a high of 120.0119/1 to win his first major title but now trades at just 29.028/1 following his second win of the season at the Valero Texas Open recently, while Johnson - 95.094/1 into 20.019/1 - came back from his self-imposed six month break to win a World Golf Championship last month.

But incredibly Holmes has had a tiny amount matched on him at 990.0989/1 and 1000.0, but more generally at 420.0419/1, to win this week and now trades at 50.049/1 following a terrific start to 2015 that has included a win at last week's Shell Houston Open and two runner-up finishes at the Farmers Insurance Open and the WGC Cadillac Championship.


Attracting The Cash
Jordan Spieth - high of 40.039/1, now available at 12.011/1
Bubba Watson - high of 22.021/1, now available at 14.013/1
Dustin Johnson - high of 95.094/1, now available at 20.019/1
Phil Mickelson - high of 48.047/1, now available at 27.026/1
Jimmy Walker - high of 120.0119/1, now available at 29.028/1
Patrick Reed - high of 100.099/1, now available at 42.041/1
JB Holmes - high of 1000.0 (420.0419/1 generally), now available at 50.049/1
Ryan Palmer - high of 300.0299/1, now available at 100.099/1


*Odds correct as of Monday 6 April, 17:30


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Looking for pointers, analysis, and advice ahead of this week's US Masters? Then take a look at Steve Rawlings' comprehensive in-depth preview of the Augusta National spectacle.


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