The draw for the first two rounds of this week's Masters has thrown up the usual exciting array of partnerships. Reigning champion Phil Mickelson will tee off with Geoff Ogilvy and US amateur champion Peter Uihlein in the second to last grouping of the day. If Uihlein needed any more motivation to raise his game on his maiden Augusta appearance, then going round with two of the hot favourites will certainly do it.Mickelson will be looking to defend the title he won in such spectacular style last year, and after winning the Houston Open last week his game looks to be coming together at the perfect time.
Tiger Woods will be looking to rediscover his Midas touch and add to his four Masters titles. The former world number-one has been drawn to partner US Open champion Graeme McDowell and Australian Robert Allenby for the opening two rounds. All three are thought to be in with a chance of being there or there about when the final round tees off on Sunday and the golf betting reflects this.
The same can be said about the group containing world number one and two, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood, as well as heavily backed Matt Kuchar. The American has been in impressive form over the past 12 months and many believe this could be Kuchar's year. Kaymer will need to continue his stunning form over the past 12 months if he is going to continue his role as golfing top dog, and this will be a massive week in the 26-year-old's plans. Anyone looking at the US Masters betting should remember the amount of pressure that is going to be on his shoulders.
Englishman Westwood will have plenty of motivation to succeed at Augusta this week. His second place finish last year continued his drought at major tournaments and Westwood will be desperate to finally shed the tag of 'greatest player to never win a major'.
The frighteningly talented young trio of Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day will all join up in what will be one of the most exciting and colourful groupings. Out of the three, only McIlroy has experienced Augusta before but that won't overly intimidate this fearless pack of young wolves, and plenty of fans will choose to follow the unruly youngsters on their opening two rounds.
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