2011 US Masters Form Guide
Course form and current form should weigh heavily on the mind of any punter looking to dabble on this month’s US Masters.
Keeping these two important indicators in mind, Golfer Pacific’s Henry Peters has come up with a distinctly American flavour of contenders for this month at Augusta that goes against the recent trend of European dominance.
2011 US Masters Form Guide
Here are seven keepers for your Masters market and two of Australia’s best hopes to claim that elusive green jacket.
The three-times and defending Masters champion is more comfortable around Augusta than any other course he plays on tour.
Mickelson has only finished outside the top-10 at Augusta once since 1998 – he finished tied 24th in 2007.
Last year’s win came off the back of little form and with the southpaw already having collected three top-10s this year including his recent win at the Shell Houston Open, he should once again be well in the hunt come Masters Sunday.
He is in the midst of a 16-month winless streak but nobody could question Tiger Woods’ ability to lift every April for the Masters.
His tied fourth finish last year came after a five-month layoff and Woods still wasn’t satisfied with the result.
The 14-time Major winner would desperately want to don a fifth green jacket and he hasn’t finished worse than tied 6th since 2004. TW should be thereabouts come Sunday despite his lack of current form.
Has two PGA Tour wins and a bunch of strong finishes in the world’s biggest events including the Masters.
Last year, Watney was one of only 11 players to make the cut in all four Majors. His three starts in the Masters have yielded finishes of tied 19, 11th and tied 7th last year.
The 28-year-old from California is relatively long from the tee, a streaky putter at times and fired an equal tournament-low round of 65 at Augusta in 2010.
Like so many others, Mahan missed the cut in his first appearance at Augusta but has since posted respective finishes of tied 10th and tied 8th.
Mahan is a three-time winner on the PGA Tour and has come close to Major success – most notably the 2009 US Open when he finished tied 6th.
Mahan is yet to miss a cut in 2011 and coming off two wins last season, a Major would be on the top of his to-do list.
The US Amateur Champion from last century has turned his career around in recent years to become one of the most consistent performers on the world stage.
Kuchar made the cut in every Major last year, had top-10 finishes in the US Open and USPGA Championship and finished a credible tied 25th in his first Masters appearance since 2002.
Kuchar’s play from tee to green is ever reliable and a week of solid putting would have him in the thick of the action at Augusta.
Moore finished tied 13th at Augusta in 2005 as an amateur and tied 14th in his first appearance there as a professional last year.
2011 is proving a solid year for the 28-year-old with top-five finishes in Los Angeles and at the WGC Accenture Matchplay Championship.
The American has enough length to succeed at Augusta and presents tremendous value on most betting markets.
A personal best performance at Augusta shouldn’t be too much to ask.
The German is the hottest man in world golf and the youngest world No.1 since Tiger Woods took the helm as a 21-year-old.
Kaymer has had three starts at the Masters for three missed cuts but comfort levels generally take a few years to set in at Augusta.
The 26-year-old had three top-10s in Majors last year including his win at the PGA Championship.
A win at Augusta would have the golf world longing for a ‘Kaymer Slam’.
Baddeley’s win on the PGA Tour in February has made him Australia’s best Masters hope on current form. But the Victorian has a dismal record at Augusta.
His five starts have produced three missed cuts, a tied 52nd and tied 17th in 2009.
The added length he has found from the tee since early 2010 and his ability to out-putt the very best will aid his chances. Not without a chance.
Almost five years on from his US Open triumph, Ogilvy remains a staple amongst Australia’s Major hopes and rightly so.
He has been very consistent at Augusta but hasn’t found himself in contention on Sunday. Ogilvy hasn’t finished worse than tied 39th in five starts.
The lanky Victorian can match it with almost anyone when all facets of his game fall into place. Can 2011 be the year it happens?