Despite carrying an injury, Jason Day has been well backed to win the Masters. Image courtesy of: AP
Punters are getting behind the injured Jason Day to take out The Masters this weekend, with the world number four attracting 25 per cent more bets than 2013 Green Jacket-holder Adam Scott, according to TattsBet.
Augusta has a distinctly green and gold flavour this year, with seven Aussies in contention and Day and Scott easily the most popular with punters. Day is now the equal favourite at $11 alongside Scott and Rory McIlroy and has been backed to win close to $150,000 this week alone.
Queenslander John Senden has been backed from $101 into $67 and is now the best-backed ($17-$13) to be Top Aussie.
TattsBet’s Gerard Daffy said he thought all the money would have been with last year’s champion.
“Adam Scott broke the hoodoo for Aussie golfers by winning The Masters last year, and I would have thought that he would be the standout with punters this year. It is very surprising that Jason Day has been more popular in the TattsBet betting book. I know he was just beaten last year but he has had serious issues with a thumb injury, and even as late as Tuesday was still undecided if he would start.
“Despite the focus on Scott and Day, it appears that many can also remember that Marc Leishman was in a winning position last year, and plenty have helped themselves to the $67 for the Victorian,” he said.
Jordan Spieth is the $6 favourite to be Top Debutante of the 24 first timers, but plenty of money for Sydney’s Matt Jones ($15) who made his way into the field by winning last week’s Houston Open.
Phil Mickelson ($15) is another who has had injury concerns, and although a three-time Masters winner, Mickelson has been the least popular of those in the market under $31. TattsBet have taken more money for previous winner Angel Cabrera at $51. Only one player has failed to attract a single bet, veteran Ian Woosnam at $1001.
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