McIlroy is understandable jolly here around the 4/1-9/2 mark but for me holds little appeal on form. Personally I can put a line through Augusta as that course simply does not suit him. Despite all that is written about it, he lacks the finesse and distance control to contend on a regular basis there. A return to the more classical style golf course in Quail Hollow will be welcomed. He could easily tee it up here in fine form and romp this tournament once again but I'm not prepared to take that risk. Form has been very patchy in the last few months and the pre-Augusta preparation didn't exactly go to plan. As I said he could play well and the price is fair enough, but I won't be taking the risk.
In what is a very tricky event to judge and not the easiest to bet in I am going to side with Daniel Berger once again this week. He did not benefit from all the delays last week and I suspect his rhythm was interrupted. Half way through round two he was absolutely on fire before fading light put a halt to his progress. He failed to gather momentum for the next 27 holes and slipped slightly out of contention. He finished 28th here on debut at Quail Hollow last year and I feel that is a decent effort. He has only been out of the top 30 once in his last six events and the top ten posted at Augusta shows this lads class. Plenty will desert him after not doing the business last week but he certainly had excuses. A classy golfer worthy of a solid bet.