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Rory McIlroy US Masters Odds – Redemption at Augusta?

Tiger hype to play into McIlroy's hands?

3rd April 2012 / Lee A Jackson
Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy US Masters odds are one of just two players riding under double figures, and that is something to be expected ahead of the action at Augusta. Rory McIlroy is 6/1 at Paddy Power in the US Masters Outright Winner market, and that sums up the young Northern Irishman’s chances perfectly. There is never a lot of value in taking a golf betting option on a player under double figures, because in a such vast fields, it is always worth taking a punt on players who are hanging around the mid-teens mark in the markets. Anyway, McIlroy is short priced and that is because, while all of the attention is fixed firm on Tiger Woods, it may just suit McIlroy perfectly. Because Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational recently at Bay Hill, all the headlines in the 2012 US Masters build up has been focused on Woods in his quest for his fifth Green Jacket. This could be the biggest favour handed to Rory McIlroy, the perfect attention deflector from what happened in Augusta last year. It could be the thing that makes Rory McIlroy US Masters odds valuable.

After three rounds of Augusta last year, Rory McIlroy had one arm in the Green Jacket. However, he choked, bottling things in the last round, firing a disastrous 80 which saw him play his own way out of contention. That was a tough pill to swallow, and it would have dented the confidence of a lot of golfers, but McIlroy bounced back from that, learned his lessons to win the US Open later in the year. That disastrous Sunday last year, as hard as it was for McIlroy, may have taught him a very early lesson about the mental aspect of being one of the best golfers in the world. Taught him lessons about expectations, and he has flourished since them. His season on the PGA speaks for itself, and he will be enjoying Tiger Woods lapping up all the attention, so that he can quietly, and brilliantly go about his business for the full four rounds this time again.

On the PGA this season, Rory McIlroy has made three starts. He has won one, took one second place and one third place. That is three top three’s from three starts. Stretching back he has finished in the top five in twelve of his last thirteen starts across the world. He leads the PGA in Scoring Average and Park Breakers, and is inside the top five for Birdie Average and Sand Save Percentage. Look for a strong third round for him, because by that stage, he could be in a position to set up a very strong drive home. So who really is the man to beat? Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy? Well, Rory McIlroy US Masters odds are looking a very attractive proposition. He has performed more over the last twelve months than Tiger Woods, he has won more in the last twelve months than Tiger Woods, and there may be a valuable reason in the young man to not get caught up in the Tiger Woods hype. There is the argument that McIlroy is better than Woods. That McIlroy can have a Woods-like or better, career in terms of titles.

It may be worth having a crack on Rory McIlroy at the US Masters with Paddy Power, because the popular bookie has a great online golf betting promotion running for Augusta. The bookie will pay out lost stake refunds on the outright winner market if Tiger Woods does manage to win his fifth US Masters this year. This provides great coverage on your outright market, especially on the strong contenders like McIlroy, Westwood and Mickelson. If the coverage is there, then it is worth taking as insurance. Paddy Power offer a free £50 welcome bonus free bet as well for new customers. They will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to that maximum value of £50! A great way to get started with your golf betting!



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