After Sunday's shambles of a round of golf McIlroy retains favouritism to take his second title here. He is without doubt the punter's proverbial nightmare and it is quite difficult when to know to throw a few quid on. Thankfully we got it right last week and I'll opt for the same tactic this time around. With little in the way of golf before previous Masters' appearances I do feel Rory is getting a lot out of his system in these weeks. Take 2015 Masters for example, he got flustered early doors after losing too much ground to Spieth and frittered shots away. He rallied and ended up finishing 4th after it looking likely he'd miss the cut. On Sunday after an Eagle on the first at Riviera he joined the lead, only to stall on the next few holes.
Once again he got hot under the collar and instead of being patient he once again handed shots back to the field at an alarming rate. At the 2015 Masters though that was one of the first times he had experienced that heat that particular year. These setbacks and disappointments I see as a huge positive for Rory as roads to lead to Augusta in just over a months time. He will be battle hardened by then and possibly able to shoulder more maturity early doors in the years first major. As it stands for this tournament, I'm prepared to let him go unbacked once again. I do feel team Rory are giving 100% to deliver a green jacket this year and the schedule leading up to it is all about preparation. Winning isn't key, but being in the battle is. He has all the tools to be in contention here, but given his state of mind last Sunday I'm not prepared to back around 6/1.
At more than three times the price of the jolly, Patrick Reed rates a solid each-way bet to land the spoils. He has only been outside the top ten four times in his last 13 events. He is slowly becoming a very consistent machine and on a golf course that plays to his strengths there is every chance we see Reed's name towards the top of the leaderboard over the weekend. He is a big fan of these greens and he always seems to be at his best around a track that focuses the mind with water hazards. 2nd at Lake Malaren earlier this season was followed by a top ten in Dubai and clearly Reed was flexing his muscles ahead of a big season. A top ten at Pebble Beach has backed up his early season form. He is one of the more likely winners here and his price is worth chancing.