Blixt looks big at 40/1 to blitz European rivals

OF ALL the major golf courses in the world, Augusta really is one where the term horses for courses applies.

As good as they are elsewhere, some players just can’t handle it.

Rory McIlroy is the 13/8 favourite in the top European market. But at a much bigger price I’m going to have a few quid on last year’s tied runner-up JONAS BLIXT.

The Swede was making his Masters debut 12 months ago and produced four solid rounds of golf to finish level with Jordan Spieth on five under.

He hasn’t been in the best of form since then, yet his 25th at last week’s Houston Open suggests he might be hitting form at the right time.

A two-time winner on the PGA Tour, he is a talented player. It was also particularly impressive how he stuck to his game plan last year when several high-profile players were losing their heads.

He will have to find some significant improvement, of course, but his 40/1 with Betway to be top European is a fair price.

The market for the top Englishman is very competitive with the likes of Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter, but I’m going to chance PAUL CASEY at 5/1.

In 2009, he was up to third in the world rankings before a fairly long spell in the wilderness. He has looked much more comfortable over the past couple of years, however, and has registered three top 10 finishes in his last five tournaments.

He also has course form, having twice finished in the top 10 at Augusta, and he looks a fair bet to out-gun his countrymen.

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Jonas Blixt to be top European 40/1 e/w with Betway
Paul Casey to be top Englishman 5/1 with Betway