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march 24th 15.34
The US Masters is the first of the four Majors and in theory should be the easiest to predict and therefore bet on. The same course Augusta National is used at the same time of year and the field is set relatively early. It is also the smallest sized field of the Majors with only around 90 competitors and with some ageing past winners we can immediately dismiss. If you are looking to have a bet here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help guide you 
Don’t back any player who is a debutant at Augusta National - it is a well documented fact that Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 remains the only player to win on his first appearance. It comes as no great surprise as it is a course which a player needs to know before performing well on with so many nuances it is unlike any other golf course.
Don’t bet on the Par 3 contest which takes place on the Wednesday. To put it simply the field is unknown as not all Masters contenders play and there are various past champions and honorary invitees who take part. Also and most importantly you will often find players allow their five year old sons/daughters/nephews etc to putt out hence rendering their scores null and void.
Don’t bet on the winner of the par 3 contest - not one player has won on the Wednesday and gone on to win the full title on the Sunday. Padraig Harrington has to tell himself not to play well in the par 3 contest which he has won three times recently - he then might give himself another chance at a Major.
Don’t back defending champion Danny Willett unless you think he is a player of the highest calibre. The only players to win back to back so far are - Nicklaus 65/66 Faldo 89/90 Woods 01/02 so if you don’t think he belongs in such illustrious company give him a swerve.
Don’t back players who have passed their 40th birthday - the last seventeen winners have all been in their 20’s and 30’s. The last winner in his 40’s was Mark O’Meara back in 1998 and MORE
 
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