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The focus heading into the Masters will be on the favorites, but players hanging out just off the radar have cashed in at good prices in recent years.
Just last year, Sergio Garcia was one of the elite players in the game, but not among the favorites at Augusta, when he cashed for bettors at 40-1.
Garcia isn’t the only one either. Danny Willett (50-1) in 2016, Bubba Watson (50-1) in 2012, Charl Schwartzel (50-1) in 2011 and Angel Cabrera (75-1) in 2009 all held off the betting favorites to cash in at good prices.
With all the elite players in good form and the resurgence of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, some solid players are getting bigger numbers than we’re used to seeing. Here are four mid-tier golfers to target.
Hideki Matsuyama 33-1
Matsuyama (pictured above) was hovering in the 40-1 range the past couple of weeks, but with concerns about a nagging wrist injury beginning to dissipate his number has dropped closer to what we’d normally see.
From tee to green, Hideki is among the best in the world. His problem is always the putter, but elite ball-strikers like Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott have overcome bad putters to win a green jacket at Augusta.
Matsuyama is someone I targeted in the winter with parlays to juice his number up to 67-1. The last three years, he’s shown he can compete with fifth-, seventh- and 11th-place finishes.
As long as the wrist doesn’t act up, I think he’ll be in the mix on Sunday.