It might seem to be an odds way to start a column called The Longshot by saying that i think one of Rory, Jordan or Dustin will be donning the green jacket in the Butler’s Cabin on Sunday but past results strongly suggest there will be a big outsider in the frame again this year and with Bet365 offering top eight places each way (1/5 odds a place) there is still some solid value around.
First up I have to put reigning champion Danny Willet in the staking plan. He’s not in the very best of form but two top 6 finishes in his last seven starts doesn’t also ring of a player who is really struggling. Augusta’s course form generally stands up and at triple figure odds each way the likeable Yorkshireman is worth chancing to defend his crown.
Short hitting Swede Soren Kjeldsen is so accurate with his wedges that he can contend around here like Zach Johnson did when he won the thing in 2007. He’ll be laying up on all the par 5’s and hoping his wedge game provides lots of birdie putts from inside 10 feet. He finished 8th in his most recent start and 7th here last year.
Aussie youngster Curtis Luck is the world’s number one ranked amateur and he looks destined for the top. Bryson DeChambeau finished 5th as an amateur two years ago and Luck has the ability and the belief to do the same.
He is a massive price and i’m happy to take a punt on him.