THE MASTERS 2022 TIPS & BETTING PREVIEW by @NelsonsGolfTips

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Thursday 7th April – @NelsonsGolfTips.

Following the Valero Texas Open where Adam Hadwin placed, we move onto what for me is the best major of the year The Masters. This will be the 86th edition and the first major of the year, I cant wait to see the Azaleas in full spring bloom

The fun that is the par 3 contest is always a good watch, no player has ever gone on to win the Masters after winning it. It will be interesting to see what Matsuyama has in store for his champions dinner, lets’s hope his bad back holds out and he’s able to defend his title.

The betting market is very congested at the top. With former world number 1 Rahm heading it up. You then have three players; Morikawa, Spieth, and Thomas on 12/1. There has been plenty of support in the market also for the new world number one Scottie Scheffler following his third win of the year at the WGC, he has been in sensational form.

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COURSE

Augusta National is a par 72 and officially plays 7475 yards.

The course was designed by Alister MacKenzie and Bobby Jones, it was opened in 1932. Augusta hed the first Masters in 1934. The course went under construction for a redesign in 2008 there are two-course record-holders which are Greg Norman and Nick Price with 63.

The greens are Bentgrass and the Fairways are Ryegrass, the greens normally run as fast as 15 on the stimpmeter with them slowing down in the evening when the sunsets.

It has to be said that the key to success at Augusta is playing the par 5’s well and then playing solid on the par 4’s, you need to have good ball-striking to put the ball in the right positions on the green if not it will be near impossible to get up and down.

AMEN CORNER

11TH HOLE (WHITE DOGWOOD) PAR-4 505 YARDS

Ahmen corner, the masters golf tips betting preview

The 11th tee is the first of two blind drives on Amen corner, its the narrowest of drives that would make any mans heart pump faster. The fairway cambers from right to left so a slight fade off the tee is in order, flattening as you move around the corner. If you hit your ball left or right into the trees a pitch out is likely and it will leave a tricky up and down with the green so slick and the water waiting on the left.

12TH HOLE (GOLDEN BELL) PAR -3 155 YARDS

The 12th hole is one of the most iconic and famous holes in golf. The green is narrow, with a bunker long and short of it. Short shots are in danger of going into Raes creek that you can see in the image above. The usual pin placement at the Masters is tucked right of the green, it’s a scary approach for the pros, (just ask Jordan Spieth).

13TH HOLE ( AZALEA) PAR 5- 510 YARDS

Ahmen corner, the masters golf tips betting preview

The closing hole of Amen corner is the short par 5, players tee off behind Raes creek on the previous hole. The fairway doglegs from right to left with Raes creek running parallel to the left rough. The green is surrounded by four large bunkers, with the creek running virtually across most of the green from leaf to right. It’s said to be a good birdie chance, but if you hook your drive then par is a good outcome.

LAST TEN WINNERS

2021 HIDEKI MATSUYAMA -10

2020 DUSTIN JOHNSON -20

2019 TIGER WOODS -13

2018 PATRICK REED -15

2017 SERGIO GARCIA -3

2016 DANNY WILLETT -5

2015 JORDAN SPIETH -18

2014 BUBBA WATSON -8

2013 ADAM SCOTT -9

2012 BUBBA WATSON -10

2011 CHARL SCHWARTZL -14

So going through the historic stats the players at the top of the market have a poor record here, it tends to be the pack just under the leaders who prevail here. We have some interesting facts thanks to one of my friends on twitter.

  • Nine of the past ten winners were in their 20-30s
  • Eight of the last ten winners were ranked in the world top 20.
  • Eight of the last ten winners played at least three Masters.
  • Seven of the last ten winners posted a previous top ten.
  • A look at the last ten winners shows that all ten had finished in the top 30 in at least one of their two starts before Augusta.
  • Nine of the last ten winners had posted a top six in a major in one of the previous two seasons.

So after putting all thoes stats together we get oursleves a good short, list but its your choice to use the information. My take on it is its a great tool and concept to help you decide who you want to back or place into your Waggle Duff team.

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GOLF TIPS & PICKS

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Cameron Smith 14/1 – 10 Places – Paddy Power 1/5

With two wins and one of them being the fifth major that is The Players Championship. The other win was the sentry tournament of champions and he’s played some solid golf this year with a T4th in Saudi and a T33rd at the Genesis, propelling himself up to world #6 and is pushing for a top spot soon enough.

Smith’s numbers at Augusta are 10-2-57-5-55.

In 2020 he was T2 with Sungjae Im but after DJ shot 2 rounds of 65 it was a bridge too far, but he certainly made a good account of himself.

His stats this year reads as SGTTG 18th – SGOTT 147th – SGAPR – 8th – SGGIR 7th – SGARG 20th – SGPUTT 3rd.

Cameron just needs to keep doing what he has done from the start of the year, he has all the tools to put the green jacket on.

BROOKS KOPEKA – 16/1 — 11 Places – SkyBet 1/5

It’s been a long journey back for Brooks with all the injuries he has had to overcome, he said it would be one of the first times in five years he;’s been healthy. The world number 19 has already amassed four major championships and been placed second in August and PGA championship so he’s no stranger to these big events and you can be sure if he’s fully fit or as near as then he will be contesting at august.

Brooks is looking back to his best and tide 5th at the WGC only losing to a rejuvenated Dustin Johnson the week before he T12th at the Valspar and T16 two weeks before that at the Honda classic he was also third in phoenix and has missed three cuts this year.

His stats this year reads as SGTTG 98th – SGOTT 64th – SGAPR 103rd – SGGIR 133rd – SGARG 148th – SGPUTT 84th.

He is a four-time major champion and oozes class, looking to return to how he was before the injury. His course form reads 22 – 21 – 11 – 2 – 7 – MC.

Xander Schauffele – 20/1 — 10 Places – Paddy Power 1/5

Xander is slowly getting back to the man who at one stage had world number 1 written all over him. It’s hard to if he has underachieved with only 6 wins to him name. He won the Tour Championship in 2017 and the Olympic title in 2021. He almost won a major here with a T2 in 2019 and a T3 in 2021. He’s pushing himself for that first major title, which definitely could be at The Masters this week. His game is in good shape, and he is in good form, including a T3 at Phoenix and a T18 in Saudi.

Shane Lowry- 35/1 — 11 Places – SkyBet 1/5

Shane at the ripe old age of 35 has already one major championship to his name, he’s pushing to wear his favourite colour… green! Shane has grown as a player and is an accomplished PGA Tour player, he’s up to World number 35 ad like so many other he’s chasing his first win. Unfortunately, mother nature and a brilliant iron shot from Sep Straka prevented him from his 6th professional wain at The Honda. Its been a few years since he won, that came at the Open Championship. He cam close in 2016 to a US Open title and was T4 in last years PGA Championship where Phil Mickelson at 50 years made history by being the oldest winner.

His stats this year reads as SGTTG 25th – SGOTT 53rd – SGAPR 14th – SGGIR 29th – SGARG 116th  – SGPUTT 18th

Will Zalatoris – 28/1 — 11 Places – SkyBet 1/5

Will has seen a meteoric rise in the world of golf he was ranked outside the top 2000 players not so long ago, how things have changed in a short time. He’s up to 29th in the world now.

He was raised in Texas and played alongside Jordan Spieth in junior tournaments he shot the course record at Bent Tree when he was around 11 years old and he shot 29 on the front nine and finished with a 63 so his rise is no surprise to most because he was such a talent at a young age and won the US Junior Open.

Will is looking for his first win on the PGA Tour and lost in a playoff recently to Luke List at the Farmers Insurance Open. This year he has not missed a cut, we all know that his Achilles heal is putting but that has improved of late and looked strong at the WGC Matchplay.

Joaquin Niemann – 45/1 — 11 Places – SkyBet 1/5

Joaquin has won quite a few tournaments in the US and in Chile as an amateur. He has 2 wins on the PGA Tour, his first at the Greenbrier in 2019 and then this year at the Genesis. He’s also lost twice in the play-offs in 2021. Is ball striking off the tee and approach have been solid so far this year.

He won the Genesis and averaged 4.61 strokes gained on the field. This year could be the first Chilean winner of the Masters

DEBUTANTES TO LOOK OUT FOR

  • Sam Burns 50/1
  • Talor Gooch 150/1
  • Sepp Straka 200/1
  • Lucas Herbert 200/1
  • CAmeron Davis 300/1

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