US Masters 2015 Tips: Each-way selections for the season's first major

Brandt Snedeker is Steve's pick as he tries to follow up his 2014 selection, Bubba Watson

Steve Rawlings picked Bubba Watson for the each-way column last year and with the Betfair Sportsbook paying down to seventh place at the 2015 Masters we are serving up a septet of selections as we chase another winning each-way bet at Augusta...

"A recent rib injury and the poor record of debutants has served to push Koepka's price out but the vibes coming from camp Koepka are positive and having watched Bubba Watson overpower the course in recent years, I feel Koepka's power-packed high fades will prove a huge advantage on a course that increasingly suits the longer hitters."

*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 7 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Brooks Koepka @ 67.066/1

The surname Harmon has a rich Masters history, Claude 'Butch' Harmon Jr. is the son of 1948 Champion Claude Harmon Sr and Butch himself has surely worked with more Masters champions than any other coach, not least Tiger Woods, who he coached to his first three green jackets. Butch goes into this year's Masters with a powerful stable, including the in-form golfer in the world today, Jimmy Walker, as well as Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson. However, I think it is in fact Butch's son Claude Harmon III, who could have the nap hand this week, in potential superstar Brooks Koepka. A recent rib injury and the poor record of debutants has served to push Koepka's price out but the vibes coming from camp Koepka are positive and having watched Bubba Watson overpower the course in recent years, I feel Koepka's power-packed high fades will prove a huge advantage on a course that increasingly suits the longer hitters. Koepka placed at last year's US Open, sits fifth in this season's PGA tour total putting stat and his work with the flatstick under pressure is up there with the very best. Claude Harmon III has already joined his father and three uncles in having worked with a Major champion (Ernie Els at the 2012 Open). Victory for Koepka this week would really put the pair on the map.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Ryan Moore @ 81.080/1

Ryan Moore first sprung to public prominence at Augusta, twice making the cut as an amateur, finishing an outstanding 13th on the second occasion. Ten years on, he's finally beginning to fulfil that potential and with six Masters attempts under his belt, he's enjoyed the same amount of experience as most previous winners of this major. Since winning last November, he's only missed a single top-30 when withdrawing through injury and, going into the Houston Open, he'd registered consecutive top-tens in Florida. Moore's ace scrambling skills will always be a big asset around Augusta.


Joe Dyer: Back Patrick Reed @ 34.033/1

All the stats and trends tell you that Patrick Reed can't win The Masters but there's something about the 25-year-old that suggests he is not one to follow the usual rules. A winner in his first tournament of 2015, Reed has been in fine fettle throughout the season, beating in a playoff at the Valspar Championship and looking the likeliest winner of the Honda Classic before disastrously finding water late on. Reed is long enough off the tee to contend but more importantly has a short game to take him past the competition. An Augusta State University graduate, Reed missed the cut at his first Masters last year but his first round 73 showed he can play Augusta, and this four-time winner has the cojones to add a major to his four PGA Tour wins.


Steven Rawlings: Back Brandt Snedeker @ 51.050/1

With a win at the AT & T Pebble Beach National already tucked away in 2015, Brandt Snedeker will arrive at Augusta National in confident mood this year. He hasn't been in tremendous form since that win in February but he never plays especially well on the Florida Swing anyway so that doesn't concern me one iota. At 34, the 2012 FedEx Cup champion looks primed for another crack at the famous Green Jacket and having contended hard in both 2008 and 2013, where on both occasions he hit the front but failed to deliver, an older, wiser and more prolific Snedeker should handle the pressure better. He finished 3rd in 2008 and 6th in 2013 so a repeat of either of those performances would reward each-way players handsomely, with seven places up for grabs. You can read my full Masters Preview here.


Mike Norman: Back Matt Kuchar @ 34.033/1

Kuchar's T15 finish at the Valero Texas Open was extremely eye-catching given that he was on the wrong side of a huge draw bias, and that he finished the tournament with a solid round of 69 on Sunday, just one shot shy of the best round of the day. He peaked at this time of the year in 2014 with four consecutive top-five finishes including a win and a second (beaten in a play-off). One of those top-five finishes was at Augusta, a course where Kuchar undoubtedly excels. The 36-year-old has put together five top-30 finishes in a row at Augusta National including finishes of T3, T8, and T5 in the last three years, and given that he ticks many of the 'stats' boxes for a typical Masters winner then he represents a rock solid each-way wager at 33/1.


Luke Moore: Back Jimmy Walker @ 23.022/1

It took Jimmy Walker more than 180 events to post his first win on the tour, but these days he's a regular winner and currently bang in-form going into the first major of the year. His record in the big events last year was very creditable, too - he finished in the top ten in three out of the four majors, including a decent 8th at Augusta, and it's hard to think of a player in better form currently than the man from Oklahoma City, who won last week's Texas Open and is statistically the best birdie scorer on the tour and the third best putter. Skill on the greens is obviously paramount at the Masters, and Walker can turn this ability to his advantage on the most notorious dancefloors in the game. At a price of 23.022/1, I'll back him to at least go close.


Romilly Evans: Back Paul Casey @ 67.066/1

The Englishman who fell down a hill but is climbing back up a mountain could be about to rediscover the heights of the game. Casey has rebounded from blows both emotional (painful divorce) and physical (protracted injury), and is now fighting fit with a new wife and baby at his side. Self-assured Case The Ace is also back in the world's top 50, hence the Augusta invitation, but knows that he has the ability to even challenge McIlroy, especially around an Augusta circuit which fits his eye perfectly. The 37-year-old has an excellent Masters CV (four top-20 finishes from seven starts, including a share of sixth on his 2004 debut). The high winds of 2008, however, created the heartbreak, with Casey calling a penalty on himself on the short sixth hole of the final round. He duly unraveled, having seemed best-placed to reel in Trevor Immelman. Now is the time to belatedly atone. A play-off loss at the Northern Trust Open and a tie for third at the Honda Classic prove that he is peaking at the right time to make 66-1 quotes look insulting.


2015 P/L (£5 e/w per selection)

Year to date P/L: +£553.75

- Thailand Classic, Andrew Dodt @ 100/1 - WON (Paul)
- Malaysian Open, Anirban Lahiri @ 66/1 - WON (Dan)
- DD Classic, Stephen Gallacher @ 25/1 - PLACE (Steve)

*Total P/L for 2014: +£251.75

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