The 2012 Masters at Augusta National opened up in interesting fashion on Thursday. The favorites that everyone envisioned running the show coming in were either ho-hum a la Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, or completely terrible a la Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald. When it was all said and done after one round, Lee Westwood led the field with a 5-under par 67.
Interestingly enough, Westwood only barely crept into the leading spot on the back nine – a spot that looked like it could belong to Louis Oosthuizen when it was all said and done. The talented South African golfer (who started the day off with six consecutive pars before bogeying on the seventh hole) finished a mere one shot back of Westwood at 4-under par 68. He’ll be participating in the second round Masters 3 ball odds with Graeme McDowell (+175) and Mark Wilson (+290). Oosthuizen is being listed at +115 to be the low man in his group today.
Other intriguing sets to keep an eye on: Edoardo Molinari (-105), Kevin Chappell (+115) and Ian Woosnam (+900), if for no other reason than to see how Molinari bounces back after a first round that sees him tied for 64th on the leader board. Also worth watching will be Scott Verplank (+225), Sean O’Hair (+120) and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (+225), with O’Hair (who is currently tied for 45th on the leader board, behind Tiger Woods) being the obvious draw in that one. Finally, Sandy Lyle (+800), Corbin Mills (+130) and Simon Dyson (-115) will be a great watch – mostly just to see how Dyson responds after his round one 78.
Any which way you want to look at it, Friday promises to be a very interesting day – both for the big name stars like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson, and the lesser known players like Molinari, O’Hair, Oosthuizen and Chappell.
Remaining 3-Ball Masters Betting Odds For Friday – found at Bovada Sportsbook