A Tradition Unlike Any Other - The Masters
For the next 4 days, I will be waking up at 4:30am (MST) to watch The Masters. Listening to Jim Nantz, and Sir Nick Faldo commentate The Masters is a privilege, and one that I enjoy every year.
That iconic Green Jacket and Augusta National are staples in the minds of golf fanatics everywhere. Even if you are just a casual golf fan or player you know what The Masters is, and what it means.
I’ve always loved watching The Masters, but recently I have discovered the allure of betting on this event and it increases my viewing pleasure greatly. Not only betting the outright winner, but Top 10 or Top 20 finishes, End of Round leader, or even matchups make every drive, chip, and putt that much more exciting and nerve-wracking.
For the first time ever, we are seeing this illustrious golf course in Fall, as Tiger Woods (+4500) looks to defend his 2019 victory.
With that all being said, here is a breakdown of all my plays for the 2020 Masters.
1) Dustin Johnson (+850) - The Current #1 Player in the world is on a heater. In his last 6 events he has not finished below T6, and he even won 2 of them. He is the second favorite (behind Bryson DeChambeau (+800), but in my mind the favorite.
2) Justin Thomas (+1200) - In his prior Masters appearances he has not fared well in the first round, which has kept him from winning his first ever Green Jacket. However, Thomas is arguably the best iron player on the tour, especially when it comes to approach shots. That is a skill that keeps Thomas in every tournament he is in. 12/1 odds on the #3 rated golfer in the world is too good to pass.
3) Jon Rahm (+1000) - In the past I have been hesitant to put Rahm on any of my cards, since he was just so inconsistent. Recently, he has made me feel foolish as he is having an incredible stretch of golf. He is one the longest hitters in the field, and his putting is fantastic. On these difficult Augusta greens, having one of the best putters on tour gives Rahm a big advantage.
4) Kevin Kisner (+15000) - You always need to have a long-shot, and Kisner is mine. For some reason I absolutely love Kevin Kisner this tournament. He has missed the cut only once in his last 9 events, and a 3rd and a 4th place finish in that time frame. He can be a bit sporadic, but +15000 are fantastic odds on a volatile golfer, that if on, will be in contention on Saturday and Sunday.
1) Dustin Johnson (EV) - I love him to win the tournament, so having him at even odds to be in the Top 10 is a no-brainer.
2) Jon Rahm (+105) - Similar to DJ, I have him finishing 1st or 2nd, so getting plus money on him to finish Top 10 is a no-brainer.
3) Tony Finau (+300) - Tony Finau is always relevant in Majors. He may never win a Major, but this guy hits nukes off the tee. In the 2 Major’s already played this year he finished T4 (PGA) and T8 (US Open). Last year he finished T5 in the Masters. +300 almost feels like a steal, but don’t question it just bet it.
1) Kevin Kisner (+333) - There are probably a lot more people I could choose with minus odds, but where is the fun in that. I’ve already expressed how I love Kisner this tournament and a Top 20 finish is that crazy. Especially when you are getting solid odds like this.
1) Justin Thomas over Bryson DeChambeau (+105) - I’m riding the anti-Bryson hype train for The Masters. I love JT’s game and I think Bryson is riding a bit too high after winning the US Open recently.
2) Matthew Wolff over Tiger Woods (-135) - I’m actually very surprised to see this as a matchup. I think at this point in their careers Wolff is the better golfer. I know Woods could turn it on at any point like he did last year, but I actually expect Tiger to miss the cut (sorry).
End of 1st Round Leader:
1) Jon Rahm (+2000) - Every time I watch a tournament with Jon Rahm, I feel like he ends the first day within the Top 5, and sometimes he is leading the tournament instead. +2000 are crazy odds for a golfer of his caliber and one who consistently performs on day 1.
2) Tony Finau (+3300) - Finau is similar to Rahm in the sense that they perform well in the early parts of a tournament. The only difference is that Finau struggles more towards the end of the tournament, unlike Rahm. I love the +3300 odds on this bet.
3) Jordan Spieth (+4500) - I know. This isn’t the Jordan Spieth of three years ago who made the PGA tour look like your local Mini Golf course. He’s been struggling, but there’s something about Augusta and Jordan Spieth. Something about being in Augusta makes Jordan Spieth play at another level. I don’t expect him to win the tournament, but he has been known to get out to quick starts here at The Masters. +4500 are good enough long-shot odds on a former Green Jacket recipient.