What is up people! It is officially the greatest week of the year. MASTERS WEEK! I legitimately could not be more excited. The Masters in my opinion is the greatest spectacle in sports. Every single thing about it is just perfect. And to make things even better, Tiger Woods is going to make his return to golf. I am jacked up about it all and have a ton to say. So let get into it…
History/Fun Facts: There is so much history and amazing facts about Augusta, but here are a few.
- Augusta National Golf Club was founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts.
- The original architect was Alister MacKenzie
o Unfortunately, MacKenzie passed away just months before the first ever Master Tournament.
- The 365-acre property was purchased for $70,000 in 1931.
o Previously it was called Fruitland Nurseries, which was essentially a fruit farm.
- AGNC was open for play for the first time in 1932
- The inaugural Masters Tournament was held in 1934.
o The winner was Horton Smith who won a prize of $1500
- The Masters has been held at the course every year. (Only Major like it)
- The Masters was not played in 1943, 1944 or 1945 due to World War II
o The property was used to raise turkey and cattle during this time.
- Every single hole is named after a plant.
- The trees lining Magnolia Lane have been there since 1850.
- The tradition of the Green Jacket started in 1937.
o They were originally used to identify the members of the course, but later given out to the winner in 1949. First recipient was Sam Sneed.
- When you win the Green Jacket, you are allowed to take it with you for one year. When you return the following year, it must be left at the clubhouse and only worn when on the property.
- It is the most exclusive club in the world. You must be invited to join. The list of members is not published anywhere
o Only two professional golfers have membership. (Jack Nicholas & John Harris)
o Former President Dwight Eisenhower was a former member. (Only president ever)
- Amateurs competing in The Masters stay in the second story of the club house known as “The Crowsnest.”
Location: Augusta Georgia
Course: Augusta National Golf Club
Par: 72 – 4 par 3’s, 10 par 4s, 4 par 5s
Length: 7,510 yards (First time it’s ever played over 7,500 yards)
Greens: Bent Grass
Cut: Top 50 plus ties (Used to be if you were within 10 shots you made cut)
Purse: $11.5 million – Winner $2 million
- The course features some of the most dramatic undulations and elevation changes both in its fairways and around the green complexes, demanding creativity from shot makers off uneven lies.
- A player must be able to work the ball in both directions as the course demands it.
- 4 reachable risk/reward par 5s. Only holes on the golf course that average scoring under par. Taking advantage is key and does give an advantage to longer hitters who can hit the green in 2.
- The Par 4s are BEASTS. 9 out of 10 plays over 440 yards and of those 3 plays over 490 yards.
- Augusta does feature wide fairways and we see players hitting fairways on average of 70% which is way above the TOUR average. However, it is extremely important you are hitting it to the correct side of the fairway to set up your approach. Hitting the fairway isn’t everything, it all matters where you hit that fairway.
- Mowed down run off areas which causes balls to leave the green and run out.
o Extremely fast and firm. Stimp – 13 or 14 ft.
o Many regard them as the most complex and nuanced to read.
o Course history is huge and is greatly beneficial when reading these greens.
o Somewhat neutralizes good putters because of how difficult it is for everyone. We have seen some traditionally poor putters win here. (Deki, Sergio)
- 2022 Course Changes
o The tee box on #11 was pushed back and to the left by 15 yards. The par 4 11th now plays longer than the par 5 on the other side of Amen Corner.
o The tee box on par 5 15th was pushed back 20 yards.
o Overall changes are not very significant but do push the yardage back a touch.
- Weather does play an impact. Scores can be much lower in years with soft conditions. Much higher in conditions with a lot of wind.
- Tuesday, Wednesday and maybe into Thursday morning thundershowers
o Meaning course should be lush and soft.
- Thursday: Potential morning showers but will get up to 73 degrees. Max wind gusts of 22 MPH
- Friday – No rain, temp getting up to 64 degrees. Max wind gusts of 28 mph, windiest day of the tournament
- Saturday – No rain, Cooler temps getting up to 57 degrees with wind gusts up to 25 mph
- Sunday – Absolutely beautiful day – No rain, temp getting up to 66 degrees and only 7 mph wind gusts. Perfect conditions.
- 91 players make up the field.
- How to qualify for masters.
o Win a major within last 3-5 years
o Top 4 finish in most recent years Majors
o Top 12 finish at previous Masters
o PGA Tour win at primary event within last year.
o Top 30 finish in previous years FedEx cup
o Top 50 OWGR week before Masters
- There are several former winners in the field, as you have a spot for life if you win. Some of these players are much older and their chances of winning are extremely low.
o Sandy Lyle, Jose Maria Olazabal, Vijay Singh, Larry Mize, Mike Weir, Fred Couples, Padraig Harrington, and Bernhard Langer.
- 6 spots held for Amateur qualifiers.
o Aaron Jarvis, Austin Greaser, James Piot, Laird Shephard, Stewart Hagestad, and Keita Nakajima.
- If you remove these players, there are 77 other players in the field that have a legit change to win.
- Phil Mickelson and Harris English are the only 2 that have qualified and are not playing.
- Some Injuries to look at heading into Masters:
o Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau, Abraham Ancer, Webb Simpson, Hideki Matsuyama
Past Winners – Prices Included:
2021: Matsuyama (-10) – 45/1
2020: Dustin Johnson (-20) ** - 9/1 (November Masters, needs to be noted)
2019: Tiger Woods (-13) (Greatest sports moment ever) – 16/1
2018: Patrick Reed (-15) – 55/1
2017: Sergio Garcia (-9) – 45/1
2016: Danny Willett (-5) – 66/1
2015: Jordan Spieth (-18) – 11/1
2014: Bubba Watson (-8) – 28/1
2013: Adam Scott (-9) – 28/1
2012: Bubba Watson (-10) – 55/1
2011: Charl Schwartzel (-14) – 90/1
2010: Phil Mickelson (-16) – 10/1
(Average price of 38/1)
- 13 players in the field with multiple top 10 finishes
o Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Cameron Smith, Patrick Reed, Tony Finau, Webb Simpson, Brooks Koepka, Marc Leishman, Xander Schauffele, and Corey Conners.
- Notables that have never cracked the top 20
o Shane Lowry, Kevin Kisner, Max Homa, Joaquin Niemann, Gary Woodland, and Billy Horschel.
- Top 10 in total strokes gained over last 36 rounds at Augusta
o Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, Louis Oosthuizen, Scottie Scheffler, Hideki Matsuyama, and Patrick Reed.
- 12 players have made the cut in 4 consecutive events.
o Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Cam Smith, Tony Finau, Marc Leishman, Xander Schauffele, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Matt Fitzpatrick, and Bryson DeChambeau.
- All winners averaged over 288 yards from tee the season they won (Since 2010)
- No one has gone back-to-back since Tiger in 2003
- 9 of last 10 winners are younger than 40.
- 8 of the last 10 winners were in OWGR top 20 (Matsuyama and Reed are the exceptions)
- 8 of the last 10 winners have played in at least 3 Masters.
- 7 of the last 10 winners have posted a top 10 previously in the Masters.
- 9 of the last 10 winners have posted a top 6 in a major in the previous 2 seasons.
I would be remised not to write about Tiger in this blog! If you know me, you know I am literally obsessed with the guy. I have been tweeting him every morning and asking if he’s going to play. Well now he’s been at Augusta since Sunday. He said it was a “game time decision,” but at this point all signs point toward him playing. And if Tiger is playing, he is going to contend. People don’t think he makes the cut and that a joke in my mind. Tiger will make the cut. Tiger will be in contention. You heard it here first. I legitimately cannot wait to watch Tiger tee it up on Thursday. Let me end my Tiger rant by going through his 5 victories here at Augusta National.
- 1997 – First Masters win. Broke Jack’s scoring record. Finished -18, 12 strokes clear of the second-place finisher. Tigers first major. Youngest player to ever win. 21 years, 3 months, 14 days.
- 2001 – Tiger finishes -16 and beats Duval by 2 shots.
- 2002 – Tiger finishes -12 and beats Goosen by 3 shots.
- 2005 – Tiger had to go to a playoff. Famous hole where he pointed at the ball as it was going in. Beat Chris DiMarco in playoff. Finished -12
- 2019 – Most impressive of them all. The comeback to golf. Came into the round down 2 shots. Only win at The Masters not having share of the lead going into Sunday. Finished -13 beating DJ, Brooks, and X by one shot.
Well, that was a lot of information. Now I’ve saved the best for last. This is how you’re going to make money betting on The Masters. Here is everything that I am betting. And if you don’t have an insane number of bets on this tournament, you’re probably a loser.
**Note: some of these bets were placed well in advance and I have gotten some amazing numbers that are no longer available**
Justin Thomas +1400
Collin Morikawa +1800
Brooks Koepka +2000
Scottie Scheffler +2500**
Cameron Smith +2800**
Tiger Woods +8000 (Must have FOMO ticket)
Max Homa +12500**
Top 10: Dustin Johnson +170
Top 20: Xander Schauffele -125
Top 20: Adam Scott +160
Top 20: Luke List +400
Full Tournament H2H Matchups:
Rahm > Scheffler -155
X > Hovland -105
Cantlay > Spieth -120
Willy Z > Oosti -115
Tiger > Reed +163
Adam Scott > Finau +100
Ancer > Casey +100
List > Cam Young +100
Sergio > Rose -105
Conners > Hatton -110
To Miss the Cut: Bryson DeChambeau +150
Top Debutant: Sam Burns +350
Top Lefty: Bobby Macintyre +250
Top Past Champion: DJ +350
Top Irishman: Rory +125
Top Asian: Si Woo Kim +275
Group A Winner: Rahm (Rahm, Jt, Scottie, Rory, Viktor) +250
Group C Winner: Xander (X, Spieth, Fitz, Conners, Bryson) +200
That is my card folks! Normally I’d give some explanations on my picks, but this blog is already long as fuck. You can listen to our Smokin’ Greens podcast for explanations or feel free to hit me up and I’ll talk you through anything you need to know. Thank you so much for reading! Now we get to kick back, relax, and watch the greatest sporting event of the year. IT’S THE MASTERS.