US Masters 2018: Seven to back across Betfair's finishing positions markets

Three-times PGA Tour winner Russell Henley
Georgia specialist Russell Henley is getting closer with each try in this major
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Looking for a Masters bet to last the full four days? Finishing position bets mean your bet stays live, regardless of whether they get into contention. Paul Krishnamurty recommends these seven bets...

"Adam Hadwin is a lively outsider. The Canadian performed creditably in 36th on last year's Augusta debut and his short game excellence should ensure something respectable again...He's in reliable, consistent form, making every cut this year and finishing top-12 on four of his last six events."

Back Adam Hadwin for a Top 30 Finish 6u @ 2/1

Wiesberger can continue impressive start

Back Bernd Wiesberger for a Top 40 Finish 8u @ 6/4

To a golf punter like myself - who will barely take his eye off the leaderboard all weekend, let alone the TV coverage - these distant finishing position markets are absolutely perfect. There are only 96 players at Augusta, dozens of whom have no chance whatsoever and most of whom I have a firm opinion. This enables me to back those opinions, without having to ever worry about getting into contention. Many a top-40 finisher will barely appear in the coverage, if at all.

If you fancy an outright bet on Wiesberger at [700.0], by all means have some fun but it would be a minor miracle. The Austrian will more than likely perform as usual. Solid from tee to green, good scrambling, respectable finish without challenging. It's what he does most weeks and has done in this major. Make no mistake, finishes of 22/34/43 on your first three Masters attempts is an impressive start here and points towards another creditable return.

Steele set for improvement

Back Brendan Steele for a Top 30 Finish 6u @ 11/5
Back Adam Hadwin for a Top 30 Finish 6u @ 2/1

Similar comments apply to this pair. Steele's stellar long game should be perfect for tough, championship courses and explain why he's finished top-15 in the last two US Opens. I doubt his short game is good enough to challenge at Augusta but 27th last year was no disgrace on only his second visit. He's bound to relentlessly hit fairways and greens, which is enough to bring a repeat or slight improvement into play.

Hadwin was strongly considered for my Find Me a 100 Winner column at around [220.0]. He's a lively outsider but definitely more of a place bet, because his lack of power off the tee will make it hard to live with the big-guns. The Canadian performed creditably in 36th on last year's Augusta debut and his short game excellence should ensure something respectable again. Moreover, he's in reliable, consistent form, making every cut this year and finishing top-12 on four of his last six events.

Berger to back up promising debut

Back Daniel Berger for a Top 20 Finish 5u @ [4.2]
Back Rafa Cabrera Bello for a Top 20 Finish 5u @ [4.0]

The case for this pair are made elsewhere in further detail. Cabrera Bello is my each-way pick, while Berger is among the Find Me a 100 Winner trio. Both are also precisely the types to back in finishing position markets. Consistent, highly capable, without contending enough yet.

Both enjoyed eye-catching debuts in 2016, finishing 17th and tenth respectively. Berger was only 22 back then and remains a potential world-beater, if still falling slightly short of the top level so far. Rafa is ultra-consistent, fast becoming a factor in the biggest events, and should really love this test, if his great form in the Dubai Desert Classic is the guide it usually is to this major.

Henley needs to build on strong first round showing

Back Russell Henley for a Top 10 Finish 2u @ [10.5]

Another of my 100 Winner picks, Henley has yet to make a top-ten here but is making steady progress towards it. He's improved with each of his four Augusta starts and finished 11th last year. A superb record in Georgia plus an eyecatching performance to finish eighth in the Houston Open, pushed Russell up my list. He definitely likes this test and has been inside the top-six after the first round of the last two renewals.

Chappell's scrambling a huge asset at Augusta

Back Kevin Chappell for a Top 5 Finish 1u @ [27.0]

Finally Chappell could have been advised for any of the above markets and is worth considering across the board. However regarding this plan to restrict one market for each pick, the highest possible target makes sense. I rate Chappell a genuine contender this week and reckon he will thrive in this major over time.

Last year's seventh suggested that, as does his skill-set and record on tough courses. Chappell is long off the tee and an excellent scrambler - generally essential in majors - and has also gone very well in the US Open and to a lesser extent the USPGA.

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