Masters place terms receive a major upgrade
Four bookmakers are paying out to eight places
Bet365 joined the party on Monday, chalking up a fifth the odds the first eight, the same deal which is available with Hills and Paddy Power. Sky Bet are still out on their own, though, with magnificent terms of a quarter the first eight.
Betfred, Betway and Ladbrokes, who are going just a quarter the odds the first five, will probably need to be top-price about lots of runners to attract business this week.
Masters favourite Dustin Johnson is easy to back at 6-1, with Rory McIlroy a best-price 8-1 and Jordan Spieth a stand-out 17-2 with Betfred. It is 22-1 bar that illustrious trio.
Russell Henley was added to the Masters betting on Sunday night after joining the field by becoming the 35-1 winner of the Houston Open.
Henley fired a final-round 65 to triumph by three shots, booking a last-gasp ticket to Augusta. He is a general 80-1 chance for the Green Jacket.
Jason Day, who was 8-1 market leader for last year’s Masters, has confirmed he will be participating in this year’s tournament. Day, whose mother has been battling lung cancer, was a doubtful starter this week.
The former world number one, a 22-1 shot, enjoyed his weekend practice at Augusta and said: “For the first time in about a month and a half I was happy to be on the golf course.
“It’s been really hard to enjoy myself, but I think things are starting to brighten up. It would be nice to get back on track.”
Heavy rain was falling at Augusta on Monday, making practice difficult, but better weather is expected on Tuesday.
Storms are expected for Wednesday, before a breezy first two competition days. A sunnier, calmer weekend is forecast.