There is no doubt Nick Watney will have been disappointed with a final round 73 in last week’s Transitions Championships, but his T13 finish makes that seven top 20 finishes in a row this season.
Watney’s form at the start of this year has been so good that he has seen his price to win the Masters cut into 16/1 and the American finds only Tiger Woods (7/1), Phil Mickelson (8/1), Martin Kaymer (12/1) and Lee Westwood (14/1) ahead of him.
Seventh in the Masters last year, Watney’s form is backed up by his ability to take on the tricky Augusta course consistently – three top 20’s in three Masters starts tells you that – and the 29-year-old is being heavily supported in the betting.
Watney will not take part in the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week and he’s yet to confirm his spot in the Shell Houston Open which is the final PGA Tour tournament before the start of the Masters, but the form of the American is so strong that the break will not dampen his chances.
He’s playing well, he’s got course form and considering seven of the last ten Masters winners have been American, Watney is well positioned to make a strong attempt at winning his first major.
But Tiger’s performance in the Tavistock Cup earlier last week is an ominous sign for his fellow professionals and the man who has won four times around Augusta is hitting form at exactly the right time.
Tiger does play the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week and will be the favourite after his performance last week, although should Tiger fail to justify favouritism this week, there will be plenty of people opposing him in the Masters betting in a fortnight’s time.
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