The US Masters, the first major of the year is upon us and there's 1 man dominating the attention and that's Tiger woods and hardly surprising as it's his first outing in about 5 months since all the goings on in his personal life. But I couldn't be interested in all that malarky, what interests me is the US Masters betting market with Tiger Woods in it.....

I could be proved very wrong come sunday but I don't give Tiger much of a look in at Augusta this year but the fact that his name is in the field makes the other competitor's prices drift substantially and I hope to take advantage of the value in this week's first major.

This year I'll be making my final picks for the US Masters at Augusta probably Wednesday afternoon after some extra place specials and better value odds hit the market as is the norm. I recall 1 bookmaker(think it was Boylesports) paying 8 places for 1 of last year's majors!

The Augusta course itself is very much a bombers course now and not too dissimilar to last week's Shell Houston open Redstone course. It plays almost 7,500 yards long and most of the par 4's leave the shorter hitters with a massive disadvantage. One look at last year's leaderboard tells you the main attribute needed for Augusta is length off the tee. Other than Woods, the usual suspects dominate the market but there is definitely some good looking value a little further down with the likes of Robert Allenby one to watch this week and I'll be keeping a watchful eye on Martin Kaymer, who I think will be the one of the top European golfers for many years......stay tuned for final US Masters expert value picks.

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