Friday, April 08, 2011
ROUND 2 MATCH UP RORY McILROY - RICKIE FOWLER Pinnacle have priced up these two young guns in a second round match up. Fowler has not played in the Masters before, which is not ideal but played well enough yesterday shooting two under par and shot four under for the back nine, I could not find anyone that played those holes better, but am happy to be corrected on that. He has prepared really well, came here last week and practiced for two days, spending a lot of time talking with the local caddies and learning the greens. He also played a full 18 holes with Phil Mickelson, apparently PM gave him a lot of advice and then the two battled it out, with the veteran winning the money only on the 18th hole. Fowler's two best friends ( one is an amateur) both qualified this week so he is happy and comfortable in his surroundings hanging out with the pair of them. McIlroy is leading the tournament having shot 65 yesterday, that was a terrific round of golf, but it is hard to shoot low two days runing and Friday is not really his day, he was ranked 189th on tour last year for Round 2 scoring averaging 72.6 per round, including a 77 here ( 73 on Friday in 2009) that was 146 places below "Rookie of the Year" Fowler and 2.39 strokes per round on average more, a masive margin over a full season. This year Fowler already has a Round 2 62 to his name and at odds against with "tie no bet", I have to take him, inexperienced or not, this afternoon. Fowler to beat McIlroy 2.10 Pinnacle. That is my selection, but if it is not available to you, you could consider the three ball odds for Fowler at circa 3.0 , but that also includes Jason Day a very promising young Aussie, so you may want to reduce stakes accordingly.