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A strong American field will be looking to challenge Rory McIlroy at US Masters

One of the most prestigious golf tournaments takes centre stage, as the first major of the year starts in earnest. Rory McIlroy, who just needs this to complete a grand slam is a best-price 13/2 with William Hill to win. However, the better he starts and continues to progress through the rounds, the quicker his odds will plummet.

Better value may be found in some of the outsiders, with the 26-year-old Californian Rickie Fowler available at 17/2 with Coral for a top five finish, having done this in each of last year’s majors. He is the third golfer to achieve that after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

He has failed to achieve a top 10 finish though this season, yet Fowler is indifferent to his form, critics, or his odds going into the Augusta National.

“That’s fine with me,” Fowler said. “I haven`t played particularly well to start out the year. I haven`t had the performance that I would have liked. I haven`t had very good finishes,” he continued.

“But I’m excited for this week. Doesn`t matter what the odds are or favourites or anything like that.”

Justin Rose is well-priced at 7/2 with SkyBet for a top 10 finish, and having recovered from a wrist injury, showed a flicker of form at the Houston Open. He won the US Open in 2013, so he knows what it takes. If the 34-year-old can get his game together, then his odds for a top 10 finish, are very good value.

Never write off three time winner at Augusta, Phil Mickelson. When on top of his game, he is unplayable and the experienced battler knows when to make his move. At 5/1 with BoyleSports for a top five finish, these odds are definitely worth considering.

One player who has shown to be a class act in recent months in Dustin Johnson. He has the requisite power needed to get down the fairways at Augusta, and after a win at the WGC Championship last month goes into the tournament in fantastic form, and shape.

He could turn out to be McIlroy’s closest challenger, and it is unbelievable to think that he is only fifth favourite, and 18/1 with William Hill to win, and 7/2 with for a top five finish.

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