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+5000 Pick Most Backed in Masters First Round Leader Market

The final day of the Texas Open has seen bettors rush to back the outsider
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The final day of the Texas Open has seen punters rush to back the outsider.

Charley Hoffman (+5000) has been the most backed contender in the US Masters ‘First Round Leader’ market in the last 24 hours, with 53% of bets going his way.

Well known for starting the tournament strongly but fading by the Sunday, bets have flooded in on the 42-year-old getting off to a flyer at Augusta after a thoroughly impressive final round in the Texas Open yesterday.

Hoffman shot a final round of 67 without dropping a shot in the back nine to finish second in the tournament, just two shots shy of Canadian Corey Conners.

In 2017, Hoffman opened with 65 and led the Masters by four shots after round one, before finishing tied for 22nd in the final round.

Last year, the American opened with 69 and improved on his previous effort with a tied 12th place finish.

Taking his previous record into account, bettors have jumped to back Hoffman in the hope his final round form in Texas will translate to another strong display on Thursday.

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: “Always popular in this market, it's somewhat ironic that a good weekend's golf after a slow start in Texas has seen bettors backing Hoffman to get out of the blocks fast at Augusta.

"With the wind on Thursday forecast to pick up in the afternoon, they will be hoping for a favorable morning draw.”

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