Adam Scott clear favourite the Australian Masters

Australian Masters

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Published: 19/11/2014

An annual event on the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Australian Masters was previously held at the same course, the Huntingdale Golf Club in Melbourne every year since it`s inception in 1979 but from 2009 onwards the event has been rotated around a number of courses. This year sees the Australian Masters move to the Metropolitan Golf Club, Victoria, one of the many courses along the famous Sandbelt and is known for it`s challenging bunkers and tight, fast greens. Indeed, during the 2001 World Matchplay Championship, many of the world`s top golfers commented on the likeness in conditions to that of Augusta.

With that in mind and considering his past efforts at the Australian Masters, including lifting the title in both of the last 2 years, it`s difficult to look beyond Adam Scott as the clear favourite to win the event this weekend. Priced at 5/2 with BetVictor to make it a hat-trick of Australian Masters titles, Scott has previously done very well at Augusta, a course comparable to the Metropolitan Golf Club, winning the Masters in 2013 and also finishing second in 2011 and it will come as a huge surprise if the Australian is not competing come the end of the weekend.

Looking elsewhere and another previous winner of this event in 2010 is fellow Australian Stuart Appleby, who performed well to finish tied for 22nd at the recent McGladrey Classic, including a third round of 66, also tied for second at the The Barclays at the end of August, an event that had a very strong field. If Appleby can keep his emotions in check and remain strong mentally then he has a chance this weekend and is available at 25/1 with bet365.

Geoff Ogilvy is another Australian hoping to do well in his home country and despite struggling to find anything in the way of good consistent form on the PGA Tour, Ogilvy won the 2014 Barracuda Championship in August, his first win in 4 years. This victory may provide the extra burst of confidence that Ogilvy needs to do well in the Australian Masters and he is available at 18/1 with stanjames to claim his second title of 2014.

Out of the field, which includes a total of 128 players, only 18 are international and leading the international contingent is American Boo Weekley. Although not in great form, Weekley finished tied second at the Sanderson Farms Championship two weeks ago, including a final round 66 and is on offer at 22/1 with bet365 to go one better in this tournament and win the Australian Masters.

With a lack of real top names and clear cut challengers to the likes of Adam Scott in this tournament, the top 10 finish market may provide a better alternative and further betting options. Daniel Valente has been playing well in the events leading up to this tournament in Australia and has two tied 5th place finishes and an 8th place finish in 2014 to his name. The Australian is available at 11/1 with Coral to make another top 10 finish this weekend. Valente`s fellow Australian, Brett Rumford has not enjoyed a great year on the course but is still a quality player in what is an average field. A tied 10th finish at the Volvo Golf Champions in January shows that Rumford has what it takes to make the top 10 in much stronger fields than this one and is on offer at 10/3 with bet365 to finish inside the top 10 at the Metropolitan Golf Club.

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