Oosthuizen 12-1 to defy Augusta disappointment
PLENTY of the globe's best golfers have decided that there is no need for rest after the mental and physical exertions of competing for glory in the season's first Major - The Masters - last week. And bookmakers still think they will go well.
On the European Tour, Augusta runner-up after a play-off Louis Oosthuizen, last year's green jacket winner Charl Schwartzel and Martin Kaymer head the Malaysian Open betting at 12-1.
While on the PGA Tour world No. 1 Luke Donald is a strong 7-1 favourite for the Heritage after a closing four-under par 68 lifted him to a share of 32nd spot in Georgia.
Matt Kuchar, tied for third at the Masters, and 11th-placed Jim Furyk are Donald's nearest Hilton Head market rivals at 16-1.
But Bo Van Pelt, Padraig Harrington, Fredrik Jacobsen, Rickie Fowler, Geoff Ogilvy, Jason Dufner, Harbour Town defending champion Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell and Zach Johnson are among those who played all four days at Augusta and at prices between 22-1 and 50-1 for South Carolina success.
Lee Westwood, who shared third spot at the Masters with Kuchar and Phil Mickelson, is 5-1 with Ladbrokes to end his association with putting coach Phil Kenyon this year after his struggles on the Georgia greens undermined a sustained challenge.
Ladbrokes cannot separate the Major title chances of Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods for the rest of the year. Both men are 2-7 not to claim a victory, 11-4 for one triumph, 20-1 to bag a brace and 66-1 to notch a hat-trick.
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