We’re at the half-way point of this year’s Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Park in Georgia and there are still plenty of names in the hat.
Jason Duffner and Fred Couples lead the way on five-under at the half-way point. Lee Westwood sits one shot behind on four-under and betting favourite Rory McIlroy on the same score. Pre-tournament favourite Tiger Woods had a bit of melt-down at the 16th hole yesterday and he’s now eight shots off the leaders.
Let’s Get Down To The Nitty-Gritty
We don’t really know who Jason Duffner is so we can discount him from the off. It’s not like an outsider has ever won this competition. Ehem. Okay maybe a small bet at 16/1 just in case. Then there’s Fred Couples. Yes he’s already won a Green Jacket but that was back in 1992. He’s 52-years of age now, so we may as well discount him too. What’s a little weekend ageism?
All eyes on this side of the Atlantic will be on Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy. The Englishman is currently a shot ahead but he could have been in the outright lead.
A double-bogey at the last hole could be a bad sign for Westwood. He was leading the Masters going in to the last round back in 2010 only to fail to respond to Phil Mickelson’s charge. Lee is one of the best players yet to win a Major, labelling him a ‘bottler’ is a bit harsh but there are doubts.
McIlroy also dropped a shot late on, at the 17th, but he improved on his first round score and has the form and the momentum to win the tournament. He’s the 3/1 favourite and if he’s within a shot or two after today, he’ll be seen as the man to beat.
Phil Mickelson is certainly one of those who could beat him. The American has won three Masters titles to his name and finished in the top five on a further six occasions. He likes this course and he knows how to play it. Just three shots off the lead he’ll have plenty of confident backers at 9/1.
Finally, 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen sits one shot off the lead on four-under. Could he go on and win it at 18/1?