Three-balls - A quintet of bets
He'll be itching for revenge over Spieth after their memorable Open dual, and has evidently run into form at just the right time. At odds of [ Back Matt Kuchar 4u [ Back Cameron Smith 4u [2. Three-ball betting involves the same group playing rounds one and two together and there is always a danger that the market will over-react to the former.
In this case, though, I'm delighted to back Smith at [2. There's no reason to expect either Reavie or Horschel to vastly improve on what was a fairly predictable struggle. Back Joaquin Niemann 2u [4. This amateur could be an interesting outsider of three.
Yet again, Fred Couples turned the clock back in round one, shooting level par, but his fitness is going to be a concern as the weekend draws on. A late-early tee-time is far from ideal and today could be a struggle. Hao-Tong Li kept the amazing run of Dubai Desert Classic winners at Augusta going with a brilliant 69 , but made plenty of mistakes too. Niemann wasn't humiliated on debut with 76 and is fancied to keep this group much closer today. Back Bernhard Langer 2u [3.
In contrast we shouldn't question Bernhard Langer's ability to stay the course. If Tony Finau suffers a reaction either to his sprained ankle, or just finding himself bang in contention on debut, the German will likely set a good enough target to benefit.
Much more so than Yuta Ikeda, who has now shot 74 or worse on five straight Augusta rounds. Back Tommy Fleetwood 2u [3. This group produced tremendous excitement for us yesterday, with Leishman hanging on to land our bet despite looking home and hosed with four holes to play. The same logic applies here - opposing the terrible value Tiger Woods - but I'm switching to Fleetwood today.
Level par on only his third Augusta round represented a marked improvement on last year's efforts. Back Justin Thomas 6u [1. Finally, I'm breaking a golden rule here and betting odds-on in a three-ball. Quite simply, the best player in the world so far this season looks a banker here, against an amateur and the man sitting second last after round one. Granted, that is defending champion Sergio Garcia but, prior to last year, his Augusta record was pretty poor. He'll do very well to remain fully incentivised today with all hope of a defence lost.
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