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Two former champs feature in day one Masters 3-ball treble

| 09.04.2015

The Azaleas have been trimmed to perfection, the pine cones are raked and all that remains is to put some more bets on before the Masters gets underway amid the splendour of Augusta National.

Teeing off in threes is the name of the game on Thursday and to that end we have selected a treble of potential winners of their groups over the first 18 holes.

Should you fancy putting all of the selections in a treble on Ladbrokes, you could be celebrating like Jack Nicklaus after his hole-in-one during the par three competition, if it comes in at 12/1.

15:30 – Charl Schwartzel to beat Joost Luiten and Sang-Moon Bae @ 6/5

Even though the 2012 winner missed the cut for the first time last year, Schwartzel still shot a very respectable two-over-par first round score and has turned in three top 30 finishes previously.

Dutchman Luiten did very well to finish 26th on debut last season, but he took three rounds to get to grips with Augusta before dropping under par over the final 18, while Sang-Moon was chopped before the weekend on only his second appearance in 2014.

15:52 – Brandt Snedeker to beat Martin Kaymer and JB Homes @ 6/4

Twice a man to finish in the top 10 spots at the Masters, Snedeker’s ability to read greens comes into its own on Augusta’s unforgiving dance floors and he shot two-under in round one last year.

By his own admission two-time major winner Kaymer is still working out how to play this uniquely challenging layout, where he turned in a best finish of 31st last season without breaking par.

Holmes acquitted himself admirably in his only appearance to date back in 2008, but could struggle from the effects of Augusta rustiness in the southern state.

17:20 – Angel Cabrera to beat Louis Oosthuizen and Matias Dominguez @ 11/8

Cabrera is one of a set of players who hold a special affinity with the par 72 layout having claimed a Green Jacket, a runner-up spot and four other top 10 finishes.

El Pato (The Duck) defies his nickname by staying clear of the many water hazards and can use all his experience to negotiate the treacherous course once more.

Oosthuizen is certainly a danger having finished second here in 2012 and 25th last year, but the smiley South African is yet to survive successive cuts in six prior appearances.

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

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.