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All eyes on Augusta

It’s that time of year again when the eyes of the golfing word turn towards Augusta and the speculation as to who’ll be wearing the green jacket this April.

The 2014 Masters tournament will take place from 10th– 13th April and it will have to go a long way to match the excitement of last year’s event which saw Australia’s Adam Scott beat Argentinian Ángel Cabrera in a play-off.

This year, Tiger Woods is a fairly warm favourite to win his first Augusta green jacket since 2005 – having fought his way back to the top of the world rankings. Tiger hasn’t won any Major since the US Open back in 2008 and will have to start getting one or two under his belt if he’s to challenge Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record of 18 Majors wins. Woods currently has 14 wins.

With the biggest betting exchange, Betfair, Woods is currently around 6/1 to win the Masters and if you had to stake your life on the outcome – it would probably be the Tiger you’d be gambling on. But you don’t – and so there has to be more fun at longer odds elsewhere.

Ángel Cabrera could hardly have come much closer last year and won the event back in 2009. Everyone’s favourite Argentinian is currently 80-1 with Betfair to win in Augusta which seems very generous indeed. At 44, Cabrera is far from past it – though he does have six years and about 25 pounds over Tiger Woods!

Second favourite to Woods with Betfair is former world number one Rory McIlroy who recently won the 2013 Australian Open on the 72nd hole to beat home-boy and reigning Masters champions Adam Scott by one stroke. Scott himself is third favourite at 12-1.

It promises to be a great event as it always is; Augusta rarely disappoints golf fans.

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