US Masters 2012 round two preview and latest odds

The first round of the 2012 US Masters was packed with excitement and drama, with the weather staying relatively dry although some difficult pin positions meant that birdies were still relatively scarce

It is Lee Westwood who is the leader after Round 1, with the Worksop player shooting a beautiful round of 67 which means the world number three is the warm favourite at 9/2 (Sportingbet bookmaker) to win his first ever major in Augusta this week.

Westwood could arguably have an even better score after driving the ball on to practically every fairway and lining up a multitude of birdie opportunities, although he will be satisfied with nailing seven of them and the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have five shots to find on him.

Woods had a tough opening round which saw the four-time winner of this tournament scramble two pars on the opening holes before making birdie and looking set for a good score. However, the charge never materialised and odds of 8/1 (Boylesports free bets) are on offer that the American lands his fifth Green Jacket.

Meanwhile, McIlroy had a mixed bag of a round although remains in firm contention at level par and the northern Irishman can be backed at 8/1 (William Hill £25 free bet) to claim his second major title and we shouldn’t forget how well he played at Augusta last year.

Louis Oosthuizen is sitting in second place after the South African shot an excellent 68 which saw him register a flurry of birdies towards the end of his round and this is a player that destroyed the field at the 2010 British Open, while he was also playing well in Houston last week before capitulating.

There are six players who managed to card a three-under round of 69 and they include the popular Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is still on offer at 50/1 to win this tournament, while Francesco Molinari is even bigger at 55/1 despite playing some excellent golf.

There are several American golf players in contention and they include Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley (28/1) with the latter playing in his first ever US Masters and we should remember that the youngster has only played in one major and won it!

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