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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Battle commences to lure the punters’ cash

Debutant Jon Rahm is looking to make Masters history
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The traditional Masters price war hots up today as bookmakers attempt to lure golf punters their way for the first Major of the season.

Betfred are planning to be top price about all the market leaders today in a bid to compensate for their less glamorous each-way terms of a quarter the odds the first five. The firm are looking to lay Dustin Johnson at 7-1, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth at 9-1, with former world number one Jason Day on offer at 22-1.

Coral yesterday highlighted Masters first-timer Jon Rahm as their worst result at this stage, spokesman John Hill reporting a “flurry of bets for the Spaniard over the last few days”.

Only one debutant has won the Masters since 1936, but Coral make Rahm a 20-1 chance, with only Johnson, McIlroy and Spieth above him in their outright betting.

“McIlroy has been well supported to complete the Grand Slam this year,” said Hill. “And Lee Westwood has been popular with each-way punters, as he always is, to end his wait for a Major title. Spieth and Day are friendless.”

Ladbrokes also report money for Westwood, as well as his compatriots Matthew Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton, and they say they are keen to lay Spieth.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “We’re taking on Spieth – he’s not in the best form – and we’ve laid bundles of Sergio Garcia. Any shop customer wanting an outright bet, we will lay any player to lose £10,000.”

Betway have dangled a carrot at small-staking punters by pledging to pay out on the leader after each round as a tournament winner to a maximum wager of £20.

Betway customers will have four chances for their bet to land. The win part of each-way bets counts towards the offer.

Bet365 continue to fret about the possibility of Dustin Johnson wearing the Green Jacket, having built considerable ante-post liabilities at double-figure prices.

Spokesman Steve Freeth admitted: “We’ll be happy for DJ to change the record and have a stinker at Augusta.”

Hills also report Dustin fans have been out in force and that the expectation of the American superstar putting on a show has forced a price cut on their course-record market.

Spokesman Rupert Adams said: “The price about the course record being broken has been cut from 16-1 to 10-1. There are a certain group of customers who think Johnson is going to romp to victory.”

BoyleSports report 100-1 outsider Shane Lowry as their worst result, Irish punters keeping faith in the out-of-form Offaly man. Spokesman Liam Glynn said: “McIlroy is a loser in the book, but not near as catastrophic as it would be if Lowry managed to win the Jacket.”

Only one debutant has won the Masters since 1936, but Coral make Rahm a 20-1 shot, with only Johnson, McIlroy and Spieth ahead in the outright market
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