Masters 2013: Sleepers with Best Odds to Take Home Green Jacket
You know all the big names like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. You know that Woods comes into this tournament as the favorite after a strong start to the 2013 season, or that Luke Donald still hasn't won a major.
The question is, who are the best sleepers to keep an eye on at this year's Masters? Who are those players who you might not expect to be in the running, but could end up donning the Green Jacket before all is said and done?
I've identified three players I think may surprise you at this year's tournament. They may not move the needle like Tiger or Rory, but they should put the ball in the cup at Augusta.
Sure, Hunter Mahan missed the cut at this week's Shell Houston Open. However, he's been very solid this year, with two top-10 finishes and seven top-25 finishes on the young season.
Mahan played well at The Masters last year, finishing 12th, and has two top-10 finishes at the tournament in his career.
Just don't think you're the only one riding the Mahan bandwagon—over at Bovada, he's getting 40-1 odds, which may seem like he's being looked at as a longshot until you consider that only 14 golfers are considered heavier favorites.
You may think that this pick is only based on the fact that K.J. Choi registered top-10 finishes at The Masters in 2010 and 2011. And for the most part, you would be right—Choi is a sleeper worth paying attention to mostly based upon his past at the tournament.
However, he also comes into the tournament on the heels of his best performance of the year, a top-10 finish at the Valero Texas Open. Based on his history at The Masters and the fact that he was excellent in this weekend's tuneup, Choi is a player to keep an eye on.
And at 100-1 odds on Bovada, he could be worth the gamble and then some.
Fowler has yet to live up to his vast potential in his young career, but the 24-year-old has looked pretty good in 2013, with three top-six finishes and a 13th-place finish at the Honda Classic as well. He was hanging around with eventual winner Tiger Woods in the Arnold Palmer Invitational before falling apart late.
Which sleeper is most likely to win The Masters?
If Fowler can remain aggressive and sink his longer putts, he's dangerous. The ability is there, and he's starting to show more confidence and maturity on the course, but he has to prove he can finish a tournament late.
Doing so at The Masters is no easy task, but don't sleep on Fowler. With 45-1 odds on Bovada, he's an intriguing play.
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