Reed is in pole position

Reed Eyeing Green Jacket After Masters Second Round

Patrick Reed has put forward a strong claim for The Masters title with a brilliant performance in the opening two days of the competition.

The American leads the field heading into the weekend, which sees many of the world’s elite within striking distance of the 27-year-old. However, if Reed maintains his level of fort, it will be difficult for anyone to prise the Green Jacket away from come Sunday.

We’ll now break down his odds and other leading contenders for the crown.

Patrick Reed

Reed is in pole position

The American has put himself in a commanding position to win his first major, sitting two strokes ahead of his nearest rival Marc Leishman after the second day. Reed came close to breaking his duck in the last tournament of the 2017 season, only to be beaten out by compatriot Justin Thomas at the PGA Championship. The 27-year-old made an understated start to The Masters, coasting at one-under on the front nine on day one, notching two birdies, with a mistake at the ninth checking his momentum. Another error at the 11th appeared to have knocked him off course, but he recovered to end the day strongly, reeling off three birdies on the bounce between the 13th and 15th.

Reed started the second round three-under, having watched Spieth give up his early advantage. He put the pressure on the rest of the field by notching birdies on the opening three holes, but a bogey on the fourth halted his charge. However, the American regained his momentum before the turn with another run of three-straight birdies. A bogey on the 10th threatened to bring him back into the pack, only for the 27-year-old to reel off another three run of birdies, including a fine effort on the 15th. The par-three 16th forced a mistake out of him, but he still ended the round with a six-under 66, nine-under for the tournament. At +300   with BetVictor, back him the claim the Green Jacket.

Marc Leishman

Leishman has put himself into contention with two impressive outing, which have put on course to at least better his best finish of fourth at Augusta in 2013. The Australian lost out in a playoff in 2015 in The Open, and will be aiming to capitalise on his form to secure his first major this weekend. He had a flawless start to the tournament and was one of the few that appeared to be keeping pace with Spieth at the top of the leaderboard. He notched three birdies on the front nine and continued to be solid after the turn, taking his score to four-under. However, a double-bogey on the 15th halted his momentum, ending two-under on his first round.

The Australian responded to Spieth’s struggles in the early stages of the second day. Leishman reeled off three birdies in a row to take the lead on the front nine. He was solid after the turn not dropping a shot before he recorded another birdie at the 13th. An error on the 14th checked his momentum with a bogey, only for the 34-year-old to rally with a brilliant eagle on the following hole. He is within striking distance of Reed at the top of the leaderboard and another solid round could put him top going into the final day at odds of 4/1 with BetVictor. Leishman has produced the quality enough to win the Green Jacket at odds of +650   with 888Sport.

Henrik Stenson

The 2016 Open champion is well within striking distance after two solid opening rounds at Augusta. Stenson has not made an impression at The Masters before, despite his pedigree. The Swede had a flawless opening nine holes in his first round, netting birdies at the fourth and seventh. Problems arose after the turn after further birdies at the 11th and 13th as his momentum was stymied by a bogey on the 14th. He recovered on the 15th with his fifth birdie, although day one ended on a low note with a bogey on the final hole.

Stenson started his second round with confidence with a birdie at the second, although again he was held back by a bogey on the fourth. His second birdie of the day sent him on to the back nine with momentum, but it was to be an inconsistent run of holes, striking two bogeys and two birdies between the 10th and 14th. However, he closed the gap on Reed with a fine effort on 17 to end the second day on five-under. At +1000   with Betway, he has great value to win the tournament. Stenson will not be deterred by the pressure of the final two days.

Jordan Spieth

The 24-year-old was at his imperious best in the opening round of the competition. He had a steady start, notching two early birdies, only to be checked by bogeys at the fifth and seventh. Spieth’s response was emphatic, producing a brilliant effort on the eighth to knock home an eagle. At the turn he was two-under, although his charge was coming down the stretch. Spieth reeled off five birdies on the bounce between the 13th and 17th, only to stifle his momentum on the final hole with his third bogey of the day, although he still boasted a commanding lead in the clubhouse at six-under.

His second round could not have started worse with a double-bogey on the first and a bogey on the second. The American had immediately sacrificed his lead, while another bogey on the seventh knocked him down to two-under. Spieth’s powers of recovery were on full display on the back nine, with a clean effort. The 24-year-old was on the spot with the putter to notch birdies at the 13th and 15th, although he missed a good opportunity to move to five-under, with a wide putt on the last. Spieth remains in a solid position heading into the weekend and it would not be a surprise to see him lead heading into the final round at odds of +700   with BetVictor, while bet at +650   with 888Sport for him to secure the tournament.

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy has been disciplined

The four-time major winner has played within himself in the opening two days of the competition, providing himself with a strong platform for the final two rounds. McIlroy has often been accused of being overly aggressive in his approach, but he has maintained his discipline to limit his mistakes at Augusta. The Northern Irishman began The Masters with a birdie on the first hole, but dropped back to even-par with a bogey before birdieing the eighth on the front nine on day nine. He was flawless after the turn, notching two further birdies to end with a round of 69.

Like Spieth he got off to a poor start on day two, bogeying the first hole. McIlroy responded with back-to-back birdies, but two bogeys in three holes knocked him off the pace. The 28-year-old was able to mount a recovery on the back nine, birdieing at 13 and 14, while life could have been better for him, although he missed opportunities on the 16th and 18th. The Northern Irishman is in prime form and should he remain mistake-free, he’s a prime candidate for the Green Jacket at odds of +650   with 888Sport.

Tips Summary

Patrick Reed To Win The Masters
Saturday April 7th – Sunday 8th April 2018
Odds: +300

Marc Leishman To Win The Masters
Saturday April 7th – Sunday 8th April 2018
Odds: +650

Marc Leishman To Lead The Masters After Day Three
Saturday April 7th – Sunday 8th April 2018
Odds: +400

Henrik Stenson To Win The Masters
Saturday April 7th – Sunday 8th April 2018
Odds: +1000

Jordan Spieth To Win The Masters
Saturday April 7th – Sunday 8th April 2018
Odds: +650

Jordan Spieth To Lead The Masters After Day Three
Saturday April 7th – Sunday 8th April 2018
Odds: +700

Rory McIlroy To Win The Masters
Saturday April 7th – Sunday 8th April 2018
Odds: +650

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