Thursday sees the opening round of the first Major of the season.  As the event takes place on the same course every year there are good stats which can be used to help find the winner, ideally we are looking for a player that is fairly high on the All Round Rankings, Greens in Regulation and Driving Distance.

Most previous winners have been in the top 20 on the Official World Rankings at the start of play.  Due to the lightning fast greens we are also looking for a player with a high ball flight (this means that the ball will stop quickly on landing).

So, given all the above information, who will be donning the Green Jacket come Sunday evening?

Paul Casey has all the right credentials to come out on top.

The 33 year old from Cheltenham missed the cut last year but was nursing an injury at the time.  He won the Volvo Champions at the end of January in Bahrain. (11 career wins on the European Tour and 1 on the PGA Tour at the Shell Houston Open)

Available at 35/1 with William Hill, Arizona-resident Casey appeals as a very good each-way bet.

My other selection must be big-hitting Dustin Johnson.

The 26 year old from Columbia, South Carolina has all the required attributes as far as the stats are concerned and has 4 career wins on the Tour.

Many experts are of the firm belief that Johnson (who only turned pro in 2007) will win a number of Majors in the next few years and if he lives up to his ability I would go along with that.  Johnson will be keen to erase the horror of his final round 82 in last year’s US Open which saw him drop from leader to tied 8th.

My advice is an each-way bet at 25/1 and also to have win bets on Casey in the Top GB and Ireland market at 13/2 and Johnson in the Top American market at 10/1.

US Masters   Augusta National GC, Georgia. 07 April – 10 April 2011.

T Woods  8/1
P Mickelson  8/1
L Westwood  14/1  
N Watney  14/1  
M Kaymer  16/1  
D Johnson  25/1  
R McIlroy  25/1  
P Casey  25/1  
M Kuchar  25/1  
L Donald  25/1  
J Rose  33/1  
P Harrington  33/1  
H Mahan  33/1  
Bubba Watson  33/1 
G McDowell  40/1  
Rickie Fowler  40/1  
E Els  50/1 
I Poulter  50/1  
A Scott  50/1  
R Goosen  50/1  
S Stricker  50/1  
Anthony Kim  50/1 
V Singh  50/1 
S Garcia  50/1  
J Furyk  66/1 
G Ogilvy  66/1 
H Stenson  66/1  
R Moore  66/1 
Y-E Yang  66/1  
M Laird  66/1  
K J Choi  66/1  
C Schwartzel  66/1 
A Quiros  66/1 
B Haas  66/1  
T Clark  80/1  
Z Johnson  80/1  
T Immelman  80/1  
R Karlsson  80/1  
S O’Hair  80/1  
F Molinari  80/1  
A Baddeley  80/1 
C Villegas  100/1  
J Day  100/1  
B Van Pelt  100/1
B Snedeker  100/1 
L Oosthuizen  100/1 
D Toms  100/1 
R Allenby  100/1 
S Cink  100/1 
MA Jiménez  100/1 
F Couples  100/1  
A Cabrera  100/1
S Marino  100/1 
R Barnes  100/1 
R Fisher  100/1  
E Molinari  100/1

125/1 Bar.

Each-way bets 1/4 odds first 5

Odds supplied by  Ladbrokes.