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US Masters: Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson show left is best

| 10.04.2013

With many holes favouring a right-to-left tee-shot or approach, the left handers have a distinct advantage by being able to play a soft, high fade into the slick greens.

Since Mike Weir became the first lefty to put on the Green Jacket back in 2003 there have been a further four wins for left-handed players.

Three of them came courtesy of Phil Mickelson who was victorious in 2004, 2006 and 2010 while Bubba Watson heaved his way to victory in last year’s event.

While Weir may be a massive 500/1 to claim his second Masters’ title following a dreadful start to the year that’s seen him miss the cut in six of the nine events he’s played on the PGA Tour, the other two are certainly in with a shout.

Watson has two top ten finishes to his name already this season and has the best record on par fours of any player on the PGA Tour, averaging a birdie on just over 25 per cent of the par fours he’s played.

The defending champion is currently 40/1 to retain his title and may be worth backing each-way considering he’s made the cut in each of his four Masters appearances.

Meanwhile, Mickelson is always hard to discount at the Masters.

The Californian loves it at Augusta and has finished in the top-10 an incredible 10 times in the past 12 years.

With Mickelson having the second-best birdie average on the PGA Tour this season and, with one win already under his belt, he looks a great bet at 10/1 each-way.

<strong>All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.</strong>



Richard Anderson