US Masters: Garcia can tame Augusta to be Top European

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After 15 starts at the Masters the natural talent that is Sergio Garcia has finally come to terms with what it takes to have a successful week at Augusta.

The Spaniard has made the cut in his five previous starts in Georgia and finishes of 12th and 5th in the last two years make the 5/1 about him being the Top European at the end of the tournament very interesting.

The 34-year-old is in excellent form having failed to finish outside the top 20 of any event since October last year and he has been in the winner’s circle this season, winning the Qatar Masters.

And his recent form is promising too having warmed up for his tilt at the Green Jacket with an excellent third-place finish at the Shell Houston Open.

Garcia, who is 20/1 with Ladbrokes to win his first Major title, has had his problems on the greens in the past but he seems to be much more settled with the putter in his hand this season and if he sinks a few early he could go close.

In the Top European market Rory McIlroy, who is 5/2, is always a huge danger due to his natural ability but his past form around Augusta is a concern.

Englishman Lee Westwood also found some form last weekend in Houston and his recent record around Augusta means he cannot be ruled out at a push to finish top of the European contenders.

Previous finishes of second, 11th, third and eighth show he knows his way around this famous course and at 10/1 he represents a bit of value to challenge the likes of McIlroy and Garcia for Top European Player honours.

Meanwhile, Henrik Stenson’s name can always be found near the top of this market but his form this season has not been up to much and his record in Georgia does not inspire confidence.

The Swede has failed to produce a top-15 finish at this Major in eight appearances and has missed the cut on three of those occasions.

Added to the fact he has just one top-10 finish to his name in 2014 and it’s easy to see why we are not interested in the 8/1 for him to finish as Top European.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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