The Masters Predictions, Betting Odds, Best Picks
- This is the 86th edition of The Masters; all have been held at Augusta National
- Hideki Matsuyama is hoping to become just the fourth player to defend
- Jon Rahm, despite losing his World No.1 status, is favorite for the win
The Masters Odds
The odds for this tournament are provided by Caesars Sportsbook. Click on the odds below to head to Caesars Sportsbook and place a bet.
|Jon Rahm||+1000 |
|Justin Thomas||+1200 |
|Cameron Smith||+1600 |
|Scottie Scheffler||+1600 |
|Dustin Johnson||+1800 |
|Brooks Koepka||+2000 |
|Rory McIlroy||+2000 |
|Patrick Cantlay||+2000 |
|Viktor Hovland||+2000 |
|Collin Morikawa||+2000 |
|Jordan Spieth||+2200 |
The Masters Picks
Xander Schauffele has been second and third in two of the last three Masters. It’s time he landed a first Major so back him for the win at +2200 Caesars Sportsbook.
Majors monster Brooks Koepka is back in good form while Viktor Hovland is yet to have a top 10 at this level. Back Koepka in a 72-hole match at -110 DraftKings Sportsbook.
Local resident Luke List was a brilliant winner at Torrey Pines earlier this season and looks worth a bet to finish Top 20 at +330 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
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The Masters Predictions
Spring is in the air, the azaleas are blooming and, fingers crossed, Tiger Woods will be teeing it up at The Masters again.
The buzz around Augusta National in Masters week is always a thing to behold and Tiger’s presence on the grounds has added a further jolt of electricity.
As the only Major to be played at the same venue each year, the familiar sights and sounds are part of the Masters’ great appeal and early reports from the players say the course is in immaculate condition.
While most serious golf fans can picture most of the holes, it’s common for tweaks to occur and this year the par-4 11th and par-5 15th will play longer, taking the overall yardage to 7,510 yards.
With the grass always mown towards the tee, it can play even longer. While early arrivers this year talked of some bounce on the fairways, predicted bad weather in the build-up could negate that.
The tree-lined masterpiece created by Bobby Jones and Alister McKenzie affords some room off the tee but then the examination paper goes up several notches.
Approach shots have to be spot on to find the correct part of the highly contoured and super-fast running greens.
And when those greens are missed, short-game wizardry and imagination is required to get up and down.
While back-nine charges littered with birdies and the odd eagle get our attention, the winner each year is often the player who has made the fewest mistakes.
As for a winning score, Hideki Matsuyama was the only player to shoot double digits under par last year and despite the very odd exception, the famed Green Jacket is usually won with a total between 8- and 15-under.
Scottie Scheffler enters the week as World No.1 after three wins in five starts but the man he replaced at the top, Jon Rahm, is the betting favorite.
Schauffele Ready to Claim the first Major
Although The Masters has produced several multiple winners – Jack Nicklaus has six Green Jackets and Tiger five – the trend in recent times is very different.
The stats show that there have been 15 different winners of the last 16 Masters so the odds suggest the smart play is to pick someone who hasn’t had their turn yet.
There are plenty to choose from at the top of the betting but, at the odds, the one I like is Xander Schauffele.
The man who won the Olympics last summer – a huge deal to him given his family’s sporting history – has twice been involved in the thrill of a back-nine Masters Sunday without quite getting it over the line.
Last year he charged with birdies at 12, 13, 14, and 15 to pull within two of leader Matsuyama before finding the drink at 16.
And in 2019 he was tied for the lead at the 16th hole before an inspired Tiger came past him.
Still, a second and a third in the last two Masters played in April (he was 17th in the November 2020 edition) shows that Schauffle has the perfect pedigree to be a Masters winner.
The 28-year-old is seventh in Bogey Avoidance this season so is able to limit the mistakes and he hits it long too, ranking 25th in Driving Distance.
He’s a little under the radar due to not having the recent wins of say a Scheffler or a Cameron Smith but his form is certainly strong enough.
In Schauffele’s last four strokeplay events he has a third in Phoenix, a 13th at Riviera, and a 12th at the Valspar.
With eyes elsewhere, he looks a good bet to sneak through and gain the win his stellar play in the Majors over the last few years has deserved.
Koepka Can Outscore Hovland
For this week’s 72-hole match bet, I’m going to focus on two players near the front of the betting.
The pick is Brooks Koepka to beat Viktor Hovland and the reasoning focuses very much on pedigree in the Majors.
Koepka is a monster at this level. He’s won four Majors and had 12 further top 10s, eight of those doubling as top fives.
He was coming off surgery when missing the cut in last year’s Masters but prior to that his Augusta form read: 7-2-11-21.
Hovland was Low Amateur on his Masters debut in 2019 when T32 and added T21 on his return last year. That’s okay but it’s simply not in Koepka’s league.
In fact, Hovland has yet to have a top 10 in any Major.
One problem area for the Norwegian at Augusta is his poor chipping. Hovland ranks 209th and last in Strokes Gained: Around The Green this season which is incredible really for a World No.4.
It clearly doesn’t hold him back in the majority of events but it could be a real handicap here.
Koepka has found some form in the last couple of months with third in Phoenix, a couple of top 16s in Florida and a run to the quarter-finals of the WGC – Dell Match Play so he looks ready to contend in another Major.
Back Koepka to win this pick ‘am at -110 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Look to Luke for a Top 20
It’s been a long time between drinks for Luke List.
He qualified for his first Masters in 2005 after finishing runner-up in the US Amateur and 17 years on he’ll finally be making a return.
That’s due to his superb win in the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this season, his first victory on the PGA Tour.
After a dip, he’s shown signs of a return to form in the last fortnight and List has the big-hitting game and sharp short game that make him a good fit for Augusta National.
List is also now a local Augusta resident so will have extra support this week.
Bet the 38-year-old for a Top 20 finish at +330 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
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How to Watch the Masters
|The Masters Information|
|Location||Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA|
|Time||Thursday, April 07 – Sunday, April 10|
|How to Watch||Thursday-Friday 3pm-7.30pm ET (ESPN). Saturday 3pm-7pm (CBS). Sunday 2pm-7pm (CBS). All 4 days on Sky Sports|
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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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