2013 Masters Tournament: Ian Poulter a Solid Bet, Big Potential Returns

Seph AndersonCorrespondent IIIApril 8, 2013

Jun 19, 2011; Bethesda, MD, USA; Ian Poulter during the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Ian Poulter is the best bet for your money at the 2013 Masters Tournament, currently a 50-to-1 favorite. 

While Tiger Woods is the overwhelming favorite to win the 2013 Masters Tournament (3-to-1 favorite), there are better bets to be had in hopes of making the most bang for your Masters buck.

The Englishman Poulter, the world's No. 12 golfer per the latest Official World Golf Rankings, is one of the better bets for the money at the 2013 Masters Tournament (50-to-1).

He's one of the best golfers yet to win a major championship, and he's simply due a major this year.

Last year, the fiery golfer finished No. 7 at the Masters, tied for No. 9 at the Open Championship and tied for a third place finish at the PGA Championship. He played incredibly well in major championships in 2012, and there's no reason to believe the trend won't continue at Augusta National.

In terms of Ryder Cup play, he's simply been dominant in four career appearances on the European Ryder Cup Team. Individually, Poulter boasts an amazing 12-3-0 record over his Ryder Cup career. Last year, he engineered a dramatic come-from-behind win for Europe.

In four PGA Tour events this year, the Englishman has made the cut in every event, earned two top-10 finishes and placed no worse than tied for 28th. Over the course of his career, he's won over 10 times between the European and PGA Tours.

What about his performances at the Masters?

In eight career starts at Augusta National, he's made the cut every single year. In his past six Masters appearances, Poulter has finished no worse than No. 27. Over the same period, he has three top-13 finishes. The Englishman played, arguably, his best tournament ever at Augusta National in 2012, as he notched a seventh-place finish.

While Poulter hasn't played in that many events this season, he feels quite good about his game heading to Augusta National. He recently told The Mirror:

I just love the place (Augusta National). I have got to know it well because unlike the other majors we play Augusta every year. What I like most is the shot making aspect. You don’t have to hit every green, but your short game and putting has to be in good shape to make a score. My short game is very good and I also know I putt best on fast greens. That’s what we know we are going to get this week.

All of this being said, Poulter is well worth the potential return as a 50-to-1 favorite to win the Masters.

Put 50 bucks on the outspoken Englishman, and you may well have 2500 on Sunday afternoon.