Smith charges into Augusta picture

Australian Cameron Smith is a 20/1 chance to win the Masters next month after he claimed a one-shot victory at the weather-affected The Players Championship on Monday.

After heavy rain and strong winds played havoc over the first three days of action at TPC Sawgrass, the Florida tournament was forced to move into a fifth day to determine a winner of the unofficial fifth major.

That accolade went to Smith, who managed to finish on -13 and one stroke ahead of India’s Anirban Lahiri, although the Aussie nearly let the title slip out of his hands after finding the water with his second shot on the 18th hole.

It was a nervous moment for the 28-year-old but he was able to find the green with his fourth shot before sinking the putt for what turned out to be a crucial bogey, which helped him secure his fifth PGA Tour title and second of the year.

Smith has risen to sixth in the world rankings, his highest ever position, and it would be no surprise to see him challenging for victory at the Masters, especially given the fact he has three top-10 finishes from five Augusta appearances.

Masters Betting Odds

Elsewhere in the Masters betting, world number one Jon Rahm still leads the ante-post outright market at 8/1 despite his disappointing showing at The Players Championship.

The Spaniard, who will be aiming to become just the fourth player from his country to win the coveted Green Jacket, made a disastrous nine on the par-four fourth hole during his final round in Florida and his head just didn’t seem to be in the game.

It can be argued Rahm was having to push to try and catch the leaders, something which isn’t easily done at TPC Sawgrass, and his consistent form this season should mean he is in the Masters picture.

Jordan Spieth is 11/1 to win his second Masters title, although he missed the cut in Florida and appears to be in a mini-slump right now, while his fellow American Justin Thomas is 12/1 to triumph at Augusta for the first time.

World number eight Thomas was on course for a top-10 finish at The Players before making a triple-bogey at the par-three 17th hole and he had to settle for a share of 33rd place.

Open champion Collin Morikawa missed the cut last week but can still be found at 12/1 to win his first Green Jacket, while 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson matched the course record with a 63 on Monday to finish T9 and he is also 12/1 to land his second title in Georgia.

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