Masters tips: Koepka leads but 28/1 Young has each-way appeal after round 2

Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm lead the way, but Cameron Young could be worth an each-way look at the half way point


Masters 2023 Betting Tips After 2 Rounds

  • Cameron Young to Win – Each-Way

We’ve finally reached the halfway stage of the 87th Edition of the US Masters and it is a rejuvenated Brooks Koepka who leads the way at a rain sodden Augusta on 12- under.

It’s been a good week for us so far with our two first round picks Jon Rahm and Jason Day both rewarding so we go in to the final two rounds in good spirits.

Heading in to the week there was a lot of talk of the weather forecast and Mother Nature has unfortunately delivered what was predicted, storms, rain and cold conditions. With the potential for more interruptions to come sadly we are not out of the woods yet with regards to the weather, fortunately though Woods, as in Tiger, is not out of the event, as his 3+ two round total was just enough to equal the record of consecutive cuts made at Augusta, 23.


One man who wont be with us for the final two rounds though is Rory McIlroy who cut a forlorn figure after posting a second round 75 to miss the cut.

Returning to Koepka though and this week was very much a venture in to the unknown as to how competitive those who now choose to ply their trade on the LIV Tour would be, however Koepka has shown that there is no substitute for the confidence winning brings as fresh from victory in the LIV Orlando event last week he has produced a performance this week akin of the Koepka of old, sitting at the top of the long game stats and ranking highly on the greens.

The four time Major Champion has it must be said hugely benefited from being on the right side of the draw, which has avoided all the bad weather, nevertheless his display so far has been all but faultless with only one bogey over the first two days and with his historical track record in this type of position so strong it would be brave man who would bet against him now finishing the job.

No doubting Koepka is in great shape then, however with the man in closest pursuit being Jon Rahm who has battled from the wrong side of the draw to post a 36 hole 10- under total, this is far from a done deal.

Rahm opened up on Thursday with a four putt double bogey, however following that he was flawless on Thursday to post 65 and in doing so reward us with a return in the first round leader market, and with his tee-to-green game all but on a par with Keopka’s it is certainly ‘game on’ as we head in to round three.

Behind the leading duo we then have the amateur Sam Bennett who has produced a magical opening two days to post 8- under with a further gap then to Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland who sit on 6- under.

With 36 holes to play still in testing conditions it’s probably a fraction early to call it a two horse race, however, with such a strong duo holding a commanding advantage, in an event where front runners have a great record, it is beginning to look mighty close to being one.

From that point of view then from a ‘win only’ bet point of view I wouldn’t want to look outside the top two at this time, however, with Paddy still betting to four places each way I will to small stakes take my chances with Cameron Young and add him to our pre event team.

While Young is yet to win on the PGA Tour he is clearly a player for the big stage with his most recent Major effort seeing him chase home Cameron Smith at St Andrews.

Young missed the cut on his Masters debut last year, however with the experienced caddie Paul Tesori now on his bag, having joined him after many years with Webb Simpson, he has taken to Augusta this year and currently sits in a tie for sixth at 5- under as the second round finally concludes.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 08: Cameron Young of the United States plays a shot on the 13th hole during the continuation of the weather delayed second round of the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 08, 2023 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

One of the biggest hitters on the PGA Tour a saturated Augusta where length off the tee becomes a factor, should play very much in to Young’s hands, and he may well be one of only handful of players who will be able to go for the greens in two on the par fives on the back nine today at least.

It is of course a massive ask for Young to overhaul the two big names at the top, however I expect him to hang tough and work his way higher up the leaderboard over the weekend.

All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

Masters 2023 Betting Tips After 2 Rounds

  • Cameron Young to Win – Each-Way

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