Trends fans should sway with Johnson winning Masters

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One of the most interesting statistics that have been common among the recent winners of the Masters is their lack of victories on the PGA Tour previously in the same year.

Dating from 2010 onwards, Phil Mickelson, Charl Schwartzel, Bubba Watson and Adam Scott each gained their first victory of the year at Augusta.

Another common theme among this quartet is that although they had failed to register a victory, they had also avoided missing any cuts, showing that their games were in good spirits, but in need of some fine tuning.

One golfer that has trodden a similar path in 2014 so far is Dustin Johnson and so he looks an interesting Masters betting proposition at 25/1.

Johnson has teed it up in six tournaments in 2014 en route to Augusta, completing four regular PGA Tour events, which have all ended in top-10 finishes.

The exceptions were in the WGC Accenture Match Play, which can be a bit of a lottery and his latest start in the Shell Houston Open, where he withdrew after the first round, citing a bad back.

Digging deeper into his results, it is his fourth-place finish in the WGC Cadillac Championship on the TPC Blue Monster course at Doral in Florida which may prove especially relevant.

In nine of the last 10 years, the Masters winner had taken in Doral earlier in the season, with four finishing in the top 10.

Johnson tops the PGA Tour statistics for birdie average per round and also lies third for finding greens in regulation.

Alternatively, Johnson can be backed at 2/1 to gain a first ever top-10 finish at the Masters, although he has made the cut on all of his four career visits.

Furthermore, the 29-year-old has already achieved seven top 10s in majors across the last five years.

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Craig Kemp

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