Well folks we are almost here. The best four days of golf is upon us and we'll be looking to get off to a perfect start with a couple of bets in the 3 ball markets. I've been pouring my eyes over them for a day now and a couple stand out as bets. First up I'm prepared to take Charley Hoffman in his 3 ball teeing off at 2.15pm. In only his second Masters appearance (27th on debut in 2007) last year he fired an opening round 67 to lie 2nd heading into day two. Last week at a course set up as close to Augusta as possible to favour the players, Charley shot an opening round 64 to grab the lead there, and two years previous at the same event lead after day one with a 65. Clearly around these two weeks Charley's juices are flowing and I believe him to be a decent betting prospect to get the week started. He is up against Lee Westwood and Tom Watson.

The fossils that walk the fairways at Augusta taking up valuable space in the field rarely make the cut. Tom has only made the cut twice in the last fourteen years and should pose no threat whatsoever in this three ball. Westwood who has a lot of form around Augusta is the danger, however he is seasick, yet still docked. His last top 10 posted on the two big tours was back in May of 2015. Westwood has reached another slump in his rollercoaster career. A trip back to Augusta will certainly be welcome for Lee however you'd be hard pushed to imagine him shooting a great round on day one. Hoffman is the opposite. It is hard to see Charley not under par on day one and we can get the week off to a flyer with a double your money Del Boy special.
Charley Hoffman to win 3 ball - 2pt @ 1/1
Second up we'll have a smaller bet on Fabian Gomez to come out on top in his 6.17pm tee off with McDowell and Piercy. None of these three particularly suit Augusta. Piercy has made one appearance, a made cut which included rounds of 75, 75 and 78. McDowell has five missed cuts from right appearances here. McDowell's game certainly doesn't suit this course and he'll probably get to the end of his career without contending here an awful lot. Piercy might turn out to be better equipped to shoot some good rounds at Augusta but not many signs have been there of late.

Instead I'd like to side with the debutant Gomez who has shown some classy grit to win two tournaments in the last year on tour. He won the Fedex St Jude last Summer before walking away with the Sony Open this January. His win in Sony might prepare him for some windy, tougher conditions that they face tomorrow afternoon. Taking everything into account these three are fairly closely matched and I certainly don't make Gomez a rank outsider of the three. With 13/5 out there and 5/2 readily available we'll happily invest.
Fabian Gomez to win 3 ball - 1pt @ 13/5
Finally we'll have one tiny bet on Vaughn Taylor to be first round leader. We have already invested in Dustin Johnson to lead after day one and given some extra time over the last 24 hours to look at the markets I believe Taylor is a shade of value to lead after day one. I definitely think with the weather that is forecast that the early starters will get the best of it on day one.

I'd be surprised with the firmer greens in the afternoon that we see better scores than in the morning. Back in 2007 when conditions here were cold and windy Vaughn Taylor was right up there at the business end of this tournament. His positions after the first three days were 5th, 3rd and 4th. He finished a very respectable tied 10th. This year with his win at Pebble he arrives back at Augusta. His win a few weeks back is sandwiched in between six missed cuts and a withdrawal. So, to say his win was out of the blue is an understatement.

However, at 200/1 and with an early tee time tomorrow in what could well be cold conditions like 2007 I feel he is worth a small bet. Very risky considering his erratic form, but we'll keep stakes to a minimum.
V.Taylor 1st round leader - 0.5pt @ 200/1