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It’s very easy with major golf tournaments to just expect the best or most in-form player in the world to turn up and win. However, it’s no longer the early 2000s and Tiger Woods isn’t making a mockery of every golf course he steps foot on.
After just one round of the Masters, neither of the two favourites (Mcilroy or Scheffler) are at the top of the leaderboard which just goes to show good the depth is in golf. Ahead of day two, here are five sleeper tips you should consider backing to make a move over the next few days.
Top Sleepers Masters 2023
Shane Lowry – 33/1
With LIV players taking part in the Masters, it seemed nailed on that Shane Lowry was going to turn up to Augusta National with his best golf after how vocal he has been about the controversial tour. The Irishman has made an excellent start to the tournament and is tied for 6th on a score of -4 after the opening 18 holes.
Going into day two, Lowry will be looking to build on his strong start and he will have to battle the elements as he tees off this afternoon when bad weather is expected around Augusta. This could benefit a player who grew up on links golf course, though, so he is certainly someone to keep an eye on over the next few days.
Justin Rose – 50/1
Justin Rose is another player who enjoyed a good start on day one and is currently tied for the 13th with a score of -3. Rose has come incredibly close to winning the Masters on a number of occasions, most notably in 2015 and 2017 when he finished second on the leaderboard.
While the 42-year-old is now past his mercurial best, he still has an excellent temperament which is something anyone who has aspirations of winning the Masters needs. On top of that, he is a former major champion after winning the US Open in 2013. All of these facets together are why we consider him a good choice when it comes to Masters tips.
Just arrived in Augusta… it’s finally @TheMasters week!!
— Justin ROSE (@JustinRose99) April 2, 2023
Matt Fitzpatrick – 66/1
Despite form being against the 28-year-old, who has missed the cut in four of his last six events, Matt Fitzpatrick has gotten off to an impressive start at the Masters which make his odds of 66/1 a little perplexing. With a round of 70, the Englishman is sitting nicely on -2 and is one of the best players around in wet and windy conditions, which will surely play a part on Friday.
Fitzpatrick is famed for his data-focused approach to golf meaning there is likely no one better prepared for what’s to come over the weekend at the Masters. It’s approaching the first-year anniversary of his US Open triumph and what better way to celebrate it than to add a second major championship to his trophy cabinet.
Dustin Johnson – 66/1
Dustin Johnson has had an exceptional career in golf and he is adamant that his switch to the LIV Tour last year doesn’t mean that his days of competing for majors are over. Johnson holds the course record at Augusta after winning the covid-delayed championship in 2020 and he started off the 2023 event in steady fashion – posting a respectable 71 on Thursday.
While he has been starved of game time, due to the limited nature of the LIV Golf Series, DJ still looked like he was striking the ball beautifully yesterday at times. If day one was him blowing away the cobwebs then days two, three and four could be spectacular.
There is no doubt he has the talent and game to dominate Augusta over the next three days so at 66/1 he is well worth a look, especially when it comes to Masters each-way betting.
Sungjae Im – 100/1
Sungjae Im is one of the most talented players on the PGA Tour and won rookie of the year back in 2019. He has two PGA Tour victories to his name so far and he has performed exceptionally well at the Masters in his three appearances. In 2020, he finished second with a score of -15 which would have been good enough to win the tournament most years while last year he finished in a tie for 8th.
He posted a score of 71 on the opening day this time around and will fancy his chance of making a move on Friday. At 100/1, he is clearly an outsider, but with Im’s ability six shots can quite easily be made up over 54 holes.
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