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US Masters: hole-in-one is a real possibility at Augusta

| 11.04.2013

While most people’s attention will be focused solely on who is going to win the Green Jacket, there are plenty of other Masters bets well worth consideration – and the hole-in-one market is definitely one of them.

It’s currently priced at 1/1 that there will be an ace at Augusta and, based on the past few years, that’s a price that looks well worth backing.

Last year saw Adam Scott and Bo Van Pelt pick up the the bar bill and in the past 10 years there have also been aces for Padraig Harrington, Kirk Triplett, Nathan Green and Ryan Moore.

The most interesting thing about those hole-in-ones is the fact that they all came on the 16th – and based on how the hole plays it’s easy to see why this par-three yields the majority of the Augusta aces.

It’s not the shortest hole on the course – that honour goes to the infamous 12th – but the way slope of the green combined with the traditional Sunday pin means there are a couple of ways to attack the flag.

Scott picked up his ace last year by going straight at the pin, which involves a far riskier shot as it brings the lake to the left of the green into play. However, with players sure to be chasing the leaders on the final afternoon, plenty will take it on.

Meanwhile, Van Pelt picked his up by aiming 20-yards to the right of the pin and allowing the slope to bring the ball down into the hole – much like Tiger Woods did from the back of the green when he holed his famous chip back in 2005.

It’s far from a certainty but, backing a hole-in-one at Augusta will certainly keep things interesting on the final day and could lead to a decent pay out at 1/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Richard Anderson