Bubba Watson was the play-off winner twelve months ago and the big-hitting American will return hoping to tame the difficult course in the same way that he managed in 2012, with Coral prepared to offer 40/1 about the champion landing another Green Jacket.
However, a lot of the antepost money will be for one man only, with Tiger Woods having warmed up for the 2013 renewal in style when winning at Bay Hill and the 37-year-old will be going for a fifth Masters title next week.
Woods appears to be in better form than ever, with BetVictor offering money back if he or Rory McIlroy claim victory at Augusta, although many will be simply looking to back a player who clearly acts at this course. The putter has looked especially hot in recent weeks and that’s the most important club in the bag for the Georgia terrain.
As for McIlroy, his form has been more miss than hit since changing from Titleist to Nike recently, with the northern Irishman withdrawing from a tournament with toothache when it appeared that nothing was to blame for his regular bogeying of holes.
It hasn’t stopped the bookies from making Rory as short as 7/1 to land his first Green Jacket and we know that he can burst into a form at a moment’s notice, although Paddy Power are happy to take him on at odds of 9/1.
As for Phil Mickelson, he can’t be underestimated considering the 42-year-old has three Masters titles under his belt and the left-hander has enjoyed far more success in this major than any other. Lefty is a player that can go on a run of birdies during a final round which makes him a dangerous player, while his short game around Augusta is unrivalled.
Aside from McIlroy, the shortest-priced European is Justin Rose who can be backed at 20/1, while Lee Westwood is a 28/1 chance and one wonders if we’ll ever see Westy scoop a major title despite continuing to operate as one of the greatest players in the world.
The in-form Charl Schwartzel claimed honours two years ago and can be backed at 25/1 to claim a second Augusta title, while others might prefer the bigger prices available about the likes of Keegan Bradley (33/1), Rickie Fowler (50/1) and Bo Van Pelt (100/1).