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Warm welcome for Tiger Woods as big guns travel to Victoria

| 10.11.2010

In 31 years of Australian Masters action, never have the Australian public witnessed a field with as much class as this one.

Joining defending champion Tiger Woods at the Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne will be Australia’s number one and local hero Geoff Ogilvy, Colombian Camillo Villegas and Spaniard Sergio Garcia.

But Woods has sent out an ominous warning to his fellow PGA Tour professionals and is projecting a bullish confidence as he looks to defend the title he won for the first time last year.

“I’ve got a pretty good chance of winning events if I play the way I know I can play,” said Woods.

“I put together a really good round at the Ryder Cup on the Monday and a shared two good bookend rounds [in the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai] last week, so things are shaping up.”

While the field doesn’t posess the depth in quality that Tiger is used to, the 9/4 available for Tiger to win the JBWere Masters seems short considering his form and the fact he has to beat 125 other competitors.

Which leaves plenty of value to be found in the JBWere Masters betting market, and the best place to start is with the top two Australians, Ogilvy and Robert Allenby.

Ogilvy will want to put on a strong showing in front of his friends and family, but Robert Allenby is a local just like Ogilvy and has won this event twice before.

Both players will benefit from the course knowledge and the member’s bounces and are both 8/1 to win the JBWere Masters.

Sergio Garcia is still searching for his top form and the 20/1 for him to win in Australia seems very short considering his recent troubles.

The Columbian Camillo Villegas is 16/1 to win the JBWere Masters. See the full JBWere Masters betting odds here.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.