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Fowler claims Masters favouritism as four share lead

Sat, Apr 8, 10:41am by Senior Writer

Rickie Fowler is the new favourite to win the US Masters after a five-under round of 67 saw him join a group of four players at four-under heading into the final two rounds.

Sportsbet has Fowler priced at $4.50 in their live market after the 28-year old, who started the day eight shots behind overnight leader Charley Hoffman, fired three birdies and an eagle and posted just one bogey to record the best round of the day.

Fowler has never won a major, finishing runner-up on two occasions, but looks well placed after some excellent golf on Friday. Joining him on that score is another player who is famously without a major success, Sergio Garcia.

Garcia is second favourite at $7, having started superbly on day two with a trio of birdies before finishing with a 69 to go with his first round 71.

Hoffman, who was favourite after his brilliant opening round 65 saw him take the biggest first round lead in a major in 32 years, is now out $19 after coming back to earth with a 75.

The fourth player on four-under is emerging Belgian star Thomas Pieters, who playing in just his third major, rallied back from one-over early in his round to pick up five shots in his final 13 holes.

The 25-year-old is $9 fourth pick and could be well in front of the pack had he not carded a pair of double bogeys on the back nine on Thursday.

William McGirt is next at two under after a 73, and is now $41, while Jon Rahm, Fred Couples, Justin Rose and Ryan Moore are all at one-under.

2015 champion Jordan Spieth is $7.50 third pick after rallying his way back into the tournament with a three-under 69 bringing him back to even par, four shots adrift of the lead.

He has had identical rounds to Adam Scott, but Scott is $23 having endured plenty of ups and downs on day two, with seven birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey.

The 2013 champ is by far the best chance of the Aussies with Marc Leishman three shots further back and at $126 after a 74 on Friday left him in a tie for 19th.

Jason Day’s tournament came crashing down around him on the back nine, where he had four bogeys and a double bogey including a trip to the water at 11. Day’s late collapse saw him almost miss the cut, as he sits at six over, and $126.

Aussie amateur Curtis Luck will also be there on the weekend, signing for a 72 which means he is on six-over after he dropped two shots in his last three holes. Rod Pampling missed the cut by two strokes, meaning four of the five Aussies have progressed to the weekend, something we tipped at odds of $3.25 pre-tournament.

Sportsbet Live Market- US Masters

Fowler, Rickie $4.50

Garcia, Sergio $7.00

Spieth, Jordan $7.50

Pieters, Thomas $9.00

Mcilroy, Rory $10.00

Rose, Justin $11.00

Rahm, Jon $15.00

Hoffman, Charley $19.00

Mickelson, Phil $21.00

Scott, Adam $23.00

Moore, Ryan $34.00

Matsuyama, Hideki $34.00

Others: $41 or longer

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