DeChambeau the Centre of Attention

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Everyone has been talking about what Bryson DeChambeau may do to Augusta National, and it is not long until we find out.

Bryson DeChambeau practicing for the US Masters

Bryson DeChambeau is the world No. 6, but he is being treated as the world No. 1 at the Masters this year, with the spotlight falling squarely on the shoulders of the US Open champion.

The cocky Californian has been well backed for the Masters ever since he destroyed the field at Winged Foot by six shots to become a Major champion. With only a day to go until the final Major of the year gets underway, DeChambeau is 7/1 favourite.

The 27-year-old has become the world’s longest driver, pumping himself full of protein shakes and putting muscles on his muscles, and Augusta National is a venue which has always favoured the biggest hitters. That should be even more the case this time around, with rain having been falling all week and the fairways getting soft.

Many pundits believe DeChambeau will win comfortably this week, overpowering the layout, and the man himself has described Augusta as a “par 67” for him.

His approach-play and putting are not to the same standard of his driving, though, so he still has something to prove. Green-reading books are banned at Augusta, so DeChambeau’s putting could suffer, as he is typically heavily reliant on them.

Johnson Makes Promising Return

US golf ace Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson tested positive for Covid-19 in the lead-up to the CJ Cup in Las Vegas, forced into quarantine for 11 days, massively interrupting his Masters preparations. The world’s top-ranked player endured an unexpected setback, but last week he bounced back from coronavirus by finishing second in the Houston Open.

Johnson was slow out of the blocks in the first round in Houston, but over the final three rounds his A-game returned and he contended through the 72nd hole, his challenge only ended when Mexican outsider Carlos Ortiz made a birdie to claim his maiden victory.

Johnson’s Masters form figures are 6-4-10-2 from his last four visits and his 2020 Major results are 2-6, so the 17/2 quotes against his name will tempt plenty of punters. The FedEx Cup champion has won only one Major – the 2016 US Open.

Mcilroy May Finally Claim Grand Slam

Golfer Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has arrived at the Masters every year since 2015 knowing that victory would mean he joins the most elite club in golf – career Grand Slam winners – but he has never managed to get the job done and claim a Green Jacket.

McIlroy has been a regular on the Augusta leaderboard in the April Masters, but has never gone down the stretch on a Sunday with a serious winning chance. This time, with the switch to November and the conditions so soft, the Northern Irish powerhouse may enjoy the set-up even more than usual and finally join the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as one of the all-time greats of golf.

McIlroy can be backed 12/1, with four players above him in the betting, because he has not won a tournament for a year. He made 29 birdies in his last event, though, so may have timed his return to form perfectly.

*All odds correct at time of writing

Steve has been a Racing Post columnist, golf tipster and punter for most of his working life. One of the most well-known tipsters in the country, his columns featuring golf betting tips have been must read material for years.

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