The Masters:  A Tradition Unlike Any Other

 

The Masters

 

The Masters was to have taken place over seven months ago but a pandemic put it in November. Having it this late in the season (actually that is early in the season but late on the calendar) ought to make for some interesting golf. 

This event takes place November 12-15, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia and the inner gets the coveted green jacket to go along with a host of other awards. This is the pinnacle event of professional golf. The defending champion is Tiger Woods. 

Let’s look at the current odds and then discuss possibilities for our golf bet. 

The Masters Odds for 2020

Bryson Dechambeau +800

Dustin Johnson +900

Jon Rahm +1000

Rory McIlroy +1300

Justin Thomas +1400

Xander Schauffele +1500

Brooks Koepka +1800

Patrick Cantlay +2200

Bubba Watson +2500

Patrick Reed +2800

Tyrrell Hatton +3000

Tony Finau +3100

Hideki Matsuyama +3200

Webb Simpson +3300

Tiger Woods +3400

Collin Morikawa +3500

Jason Day +3500

Matthew Wolff +3500

Adam Scott +4000

Tommy Fleetwood +4400

Jordan Spieth +4600

Justin Rose +6000

Louis Oosthuizen +6000

Paul Casey +6000

Scottie Scheffler +6000

Cameron Champ +6500

Cameron Smith +6500

Matthew Fitzpatrick +6500

Phil Mickelson +7000

Rickie Fowler +7000

Sergio Garcia +7000

Jason Kokrak +8000

Shane Lowry +8000

Sungjae Im +8500

Abraham Ancer +9000

Francesco Molinari +9000

Lee Westwood +9500

Brendon Todd +12000

Kevin Kisner +12000

Si Woo Kim +12000

Brandt Snedeker +13000

Ian Poulter +13000

Matt Wallace +14000

Bernd Wiesberger +15000

Billy Horschel +15000

Charl Schwartzel +15000

Marc Leishman +16000

Corey Conners +17000

Henrik Stenson +17000

Lanto Griffin +17000

Matt Kuchar +17000

Sebastian Munoz +17000

Erik Van Rooyen +18000

Zach Johnson +19000

Byeong Hun An +21000

Christiaan Bezuidenhout +25000

Kevin Na +25000

Charles Howell +29000

Rafa Cabrera Bello +29000

Victor Perez +29000

Dylan Frittelli +30000

Graeme McDowell +34000

JT Poston +35000

Justin Harding +35000

Lucas Glover +35000

Max Homa +43000

Andrew Putnam +45000

Jimmy Walker +45000

Nick Taylor +45000

Shugo Imahira +45000

Tyler Duncan +45000

Jazz Janewattananond +46000

Andrew Landry +50000

Bernhard Langer +50000

Fred Couples +50000

C.T. Pan +65000

Nate Lashley +65000

Sung Kang +65000

Abel Gallegos +100000

Andy Ogletree +100000

James Sugrue +100000

John Augenstein +100000

Jose Maria Olazabal +100000

Larry Mize +100000

Lukas Michel +100000

Mike Weir +100000

Sandy Lyle +100000

Vijay Singh +100000

Yuxin Lin +100000

 

The Masters Contenders

 

Bryson DeChambeau has the best odds and is the last player to win a major after taking the US Open. He has gained 40 lbs this season and is hitting the ball incredibly hard and straight. At 25 years of age, he is the new face of the PGA for now. He has gained 2.5 strokes in half of his previous 10 tournaments. At 8-1 odds he can still be a good bet and likely the favored. 

 

Dustin Johnson at 9-1 odds is always a bet that can win every week. Since his Covid time off, he appears to now be strong and ready to perform. He is a likely winner. 

 

John Rahm has been shown some love by prediction services that use a computer to spit out the winner. But you still have to perform. At 10-1 odds, he may be a taker but I will pass this year. 

 

Defending champion Tiger Woods at 34-1 is almost never a bad bet. However, his current performances don’t bode well for him to win this again in 2020. 

 

Rory McIlroy would love to pick up the missing piece of his resume which is winning all the major events except the Masters. Hehas shown some good golf with strokes gained in his last five plays At 13-1 he would be a fun play to root for. 

 

The Masters Value Bet

Jordan Spieth is on everyone’s list as a chance to in this event. He has been playing poorly and that is a concern but he has the best per rounds played at Augusta than any other player in the event. 

His average finish is 3.8 (T-2, Win, T-2, T-11, T-3); while Nicklaus is 4 (T-15, Win, T-2, Win, Win). Woods trails at 6.6 and Byron Nelson is 7. Spieth is also the only Masters competitor never to finish worse than 11th in any of his first five Masters.

Early in October of 2020, Spieth was quoted as being bullish on DeChambeau. There is nothing wrong with betting on Bryson but I will also bet the 46-1 odds on the quality underdog. 

 

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