The Masters Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks

The Masters

  • The Masters is back to its usual April slot after being played in November last year
  • Dustin Johnson looks to become just the fourth player to defend
  • This is the 85th edition; Americans have won the last three

The Masters Odds

Player Odds
Dustin Johnson +900
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Bryson DeChambeau +1100
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Jordan Spieth +1100
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Jon Rahm +1200
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Justin Thomas +1200
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Rory McIlroy +1800
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Patrick Cantlay +2000
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Xander Schauffele +2200
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Brooks Koepka +2500
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Collin Morikawa +3000
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Patrick Reed +3300
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The Masters Predictions and Picks

Patrick Cantlay led the 2019 Masters late on Sunday and has the game to win the Green Jacket this time. Take him each way (8 places) at +2000 with bet365.

Lee Westwood has been in stellar form and is a course horse at Augusta. He can take down Masters struggler Tyrrell Hatton in a 72-hole match at -110 with bet365.

Danny Willett won the Masters in tough conditions in 2016 and took T25 last year. After a top 10 at the Corales Puntacana, he looks underrated at +600 with bet365 for a top 20.

Picks:

Patrick Cantlay each-way (1/4 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8) at +4000 with bet365

Lee Westwood to beat Tyrrell Hatton in a 72-hole match at -110 with bet365

Danny Willett to finish in the Top 20 at +600 with bet365

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How to Watch The Masters 2021

The Masters Event Information
What The Masters Tournament
Where Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA
When Thursday, April 8 – Sunday, April 11
How to Watch Thursday-Friday 3pm-7.30pm ET (ESPN), Saturday 3pm-7pm (CBS), Sunday 2pm-7pm (CBS). All 4 days on Sky Sports

The Masters

Everyone was grateful – especially winner Dustin Johnson – to get a Masters played in 2020 when the pandemic looked set to postpone the Augusta National showpiece for the first time since the Second World War. In the end, we had to be patient. The tournament eventually was played in November and without spectators. The vibrant colors of spring were muted and a winning score of 20-under – a record – didn’t feel quite right.

Still, it’s in the books and DJ was a deserved winner. For a man not used to show much emotion, he could hardly get a word out when interviewed with the Green Jacket shortly after draining the final putt.

Johnson will now look to become just the fourth player in Masters history to defend. The caliber of the other three shows just how hard it is to win back-to-back: that trio were Jack Nicklaus (1965-66), Nick Faldo (1989-90), and Tiger Woods (2001-02).

Typically, a low winning score at The Masters is followed by a much higher one as the men in green react to what’s just gone. Tiger and Jordan Spieth had previously held the 72-hole record of 18-under. After Tiger’s 1997 heroics, Mark O’Meara won with 9-under in 1998; after Spieth’s 2015 blitz, Danny Willett took the title with just 5-under in 2016.

That pattern is set to repeat in 2021 after DJ’s 20-under and all the early talk is how tough the course looks set to play.

As usual, there are several keys to playing Augusta National, a tree-lined 7,475-yard par 72 created by Bobby Jones and Alister McKenzie. There is the room off the tee and limited rough so the approach shots are key. When greens are missed, short-game wizardry is needed on the ultra-fast Bentgrass putting surfaces.

Keeping the bogeys away is another big factor. While birdies and eagles get the attention, most Masters winners can be found to have made the least mistakes. Johnson continued that trend last year when making just four bogeys all week.

Patrons, although limited, will return this year but there will be no Par 3 Contest.

Cantlay Can Claim First Major

Patrick Cantlay has already flirted with the Green Jacket once. That came in 2019 when he briefly led with a few holes to play before being hit by the juggernaut of destiny that waved Tiger Woods to come through and win in such an emotional fashion.

But Cantlay, who shot 66 in round two last year to sit sixth at halfway before slipping to T17, looks a future Masters winner. And this could be the week.

With conditions set to play tough, Cantlay’s solid all-round game looks ideal. He’s a strong driver and iron player and ranks 7th in Strokes Gained: Around The Green, this season so has the short-game magic to cope with a firm Augusta. He’s been getting tips from course specialist Fred Couples in recent times and said in Monday’s press conference: “It’s nice to see it firm and fast. I’m looking forward to the challenge that that is, and it puts a premium even more on controlling your golf ball, which I think is one of my strengths.”

And while some are afraid of the super-slick putting surfaces, Cantlay relishes them. He added: “I love fast, old-school putting greens. It feels easier for me to make putts when it’s like that, and I look forward to that every time I come here.” The stats back that up as he’s finished in the top five for Putting Average in two of his four Masters appearances.

Seven of the last 10 Masters have been won by players who hadn’t won a Green Jacket before and Cantlay looks a strong bet to continue that trend.

As it’s a major, bet365 has eight each-way places rather than the usual five so that adds further appeal to a bet on Cantlay at +2000.

Westwood Can Get the Better of Hatton

Lee Westwood v Tyrrell Hatton would make for a good match on any course at the moment.

Veteran Westwood was in superb form on the recent Florida Swing, finishing runner-up at both the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players Championship.

Hatton wasn’t as sharp in the Sunshine State although did manage a couple of top 25s. However, this bet is all about Augusta form. And when reducing it down to that, Westwood stands out a mile. The 47-year-old is a two-time Masters runner-up, boasts six top 10s, and has made the top 20 in seven of his last nine visits.

By contrast, Augusta National has bamboozled Hatton so far. The Englishman has played in four previous Masters and his record shows two missed cuts, T44 and T56. Of all the top golfers in the game, his record in the year’s first major remains the poorest, and by some distance.

Hatton has also been throwing in some high rounds of late: a pair of 77s at Bay Hill and a 76 at Sawgrass. It suggests that when things start to get away from him he struggles and, with this set to be a difficult Masters, Hatton could be in trouble.

It’s a pick ‘em according to the odds but the smart money has to be with Westwood.

Willett Value to Make Top 20

Danny Willett took victory when the course played super-tough in 2016 and looks a big price to make the top 20 again. He’s +600 with bet365.

True, the English star missed the cut on his next three Masters starts from 2017-2019 but that coincided with a general slump in his game so it’s fairly easy to dismiss those results. Of more encouragement is his tied 25th here in November when he shot his lowest ever lap of Augusta, a 6-under 66 on day two.

Willett has made five of six worldwide cuts in 2021 and that includes T16 in Abu Dhabi and T8 in the Corales Puntacana just two weeks ago when he ranked in the top five for Greens In Regulation.

Also, T31 at Bay Hill, Willett looked to be striking the ball well on the range on Monday and, as a former winner, he obviously walks taller anytime he returns to this property.

This time, his game is good enough to make an impression and the tough conditions should suit this gritty performer.

The +600 for a top 20 looks way too generous.

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Dave Tindall

Expert on Golf

Dave Tindall is former golf editor at SkySports.com and Golf365.com and has been writing betting previews for the PGA Tour and European Tour since 1997. He has also written for a range of betting companies, including William Hill and Betfair, as well as being a regular columnist for Rotoworld, The Guardian, Sporting Life and Planet Sport. His other area of speciality is football while he's also covered cricket and tennis.



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