What’s up degenerates, IT’S TIMEEEEEEEE! The moment we all have been waiting (since November) for!
The greatest weeklong sporting event is BACK! The 2021 Masters is here, and we are ready for it!
Returning champion, Dustin Johnson, is going to be the reigning champ for the shortest amount of time in tournament history (unless he wins it again). The 2020 version of The Masters was moved to mid-November, which honestly could have been the coolest thing ever with a college and NFL football weekend combined with the best tournament golf has to offer.
Luckily for all of us, all the traditions of the event are back, the Par 3 contest on Wednesday, the Champions Dinner taking place Tuesday night, and fans will be permitted. WE ARE BACK FOLKS!
The past winner that everybody knows that he won’t be in attendance is unfortunately Tiger Woods, as we all know he was involved in a single car accident a few months back that put him in a physical state of maybe never being able to play on the tour again, we ALL of course hope that is not the case, but nobody could blame him for calling it a career after becoming the GREATEST golf to ever play the game. The former past winner that won’t be in attendance for a reason a little more under the radar is Angel “El Pato,” Cabrera, the past Masters Champion is unfortunately in federal prison in his home country of Argentina. Draft Kings had a little fun with that news below,
The key to success at Augusta is patience. Your second shot each hole is arguably more important than your first on this course. The greens are so difficult with slope and speed that putting yourself in good position after your approach is going to be the difference. Knowledge of the course and greens is so key as well because you will have to use the slopes to your advantage on the green, landing the approach and letting the slope take the ball as close to the pin as possible.
Putting yourself in a tough position can lead to having to putt across the green with changing slopes and speeds, you may say well these are professionals they know how to deal with that, avoiding 3 putts at Augusta is so cruci
al which makes your approach just that much more important. Staying even keeled and calm is another crucial part to Augusta, not letting the moment get to you and not trying to make up a 3 or 4 shot deficit in one swing is crucial. At Augusta, and most tournaments for that matter, it is not the good shots that win you the jacket, but more so the bad ones that cost you the jacket.
Now for the real reason everybody is here, LETS MAKE SOME MONEY!
The pre-tournament favorite Dustin Johnson is 8-1 and seems like the obvious pick to win, but with no value on him to win, I may pass and live bet him if the number changes or is starting to run away with the tournament like he did last time.
Jordan Spieth is another popular name for outright winners, has SHOT UP the odds makers boards as he opened at 25-1 but has dropped after his recent successes down to only 9-1. Once again will not be a play for me as the decrease in value is a huge red flag to bet and winning back-to-back weeks is almost unheard of on the tour (outside of Tiger dominating everybody in the 2000’s).
Our UFC expert, Coby, has placed a hefty bet on Justin Thomas to win this week and at 9-1 after opening at 10-1, I am jumping on board with Coby and making Justin Thomas 9-1 a play for me to win this week.
A golfer whose odds have dropped dramatically has been Brooks Koepka. Opening at 11-1 he has dropped to 22-1. With this being his first tournament back from a knee injury, nobody knows how it will affect him, but Brooks has had no problem skipping Majors when he has been hurt in the past, so if he is feeling healthy enough to play… he’s healthy enough for me to bet on him. Brooks at 22-1 will be another play of mine.
Collin Morikawa is another play for me at 22-1. Dude is a baller, and elite with his irons.
Tony Finau at 30-1 because he will win a big tournament one day, and I just hope to be a part of it when it happens. Big FOMO play for me.
My last outright play is Daniel Berger at 30-1.
Cam Smith +125
Tony Finau +105
Kevin Kisner +400 A popular golfer I am looking to fade this week is actually one of my favorites, Bryson Dechambeau. He has never finished within the top 20 here and this style of golf course doesn't play to his advantages of hitting the ball 30 yards farther than everybody else. That being said Bryson is in the middle of transforming strategy of how golf is played, so if anybody can overcome not being a good match for the course, it is him. Until he proves himself at Augusta, he will be a fade for me.
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