2020 Masters Golf Odds with Expert Betting Predictions
With the 2020 Masters tournament just 24 hours away, now would be a great time to start finalizing your betting card if you haven’t already done so. But before we start breaking down this year’s edition of golf’s most prestigious Major, we have to understand how the event is going to be played out now that we have to deal with the COVID pandemic.
For starters, the tee times will be pushed up earlier on the weekends, especially on Sunday where the players who make the cut will be going out on split tees all day. That means that groups will start their round on Hole 1 and Hole 10 and the tournament should be finished up by mid-afternoon. I’m a big traditionalist kind of guy, and this bothers me a bit, but I see the reasoning behind it. It’s November, not April and you have to get the players out on the course in a safe and socially distanced manner. But hey, getting to watch The Master’s in any month is a privilege that we should all be excited about.
This year, the tournament features several storylines that can be talked about until the cows come home, but perhaps the biggest storyline coming into this year’s Master’s surrounds Bryson DeChambeau and the potential he has to make Augusta look like a mini-putt course. Depending on who you ask, DeChambeau’s length will overpower anything Augusta National can throw at him, while some think that course history and knowing where to miss your shots is vitally important to having success here. And what about the defending champion, Tiger Woods? Woods has played just a few tournaments in the lead up to this week, and he’s performed well below average. Does he have any more gas in the tank in his bid to catch Jack Nicklaus with 18 Majors? Only time will tell.
Below are the odds for the 2020 Masters.
Bryson DeChambeau +750,
I’ve already touched on Bryson in the intro. He’s either going to use his length off the tee to minimize the bite of Augusta National and leave himself short second shots into the greens that will give him plenty of opportunities to make birdies and/or eagles, or he’s going to bomb his tee-shots a mile but miss way too many fairways and leave himself in vulnerable and disadvantageous positions that will ultimately be his undoing. I don’t see an in-between scenario. What do the Vegas sportsbooks think? We’ll, I’ve seen Bryson tickets upwards of 60/1 to win this year’s Master’s. His game and his new mentality have shrunk that number all the way down to 7.5/1, and he’s either going to make a lot of people happy or disappoint them.
Dustin Johnson +850, Jon Rahm +1000, Justin Thomas +1100,
This threesome of contenders is among the scariest group of golfers I have ever seen. Johnson, Rahm, and Thomas all have the game needed to plod around Augusta National. Each one of them is long (not Bryson long) off the tee, and each one of them has the short game needed to stick their approach shots and set themselves up to score on the scoring holes. Johnson has been the hottest golfer of the four, which is why he’s the shortest odds. Dating back to August 9 at the PGA Championship, DJ has finished T2, 1, 2, 1, T6 and 2. That’s a boatload of money made and the reason he owns the No. 1 ranking in the World Golf Rankings.
Rahm is also in good form coming into this tournament, having finished T6, 1, 4, T23, T17 and T2 at the Zozo Championship three weeks ago. Rahm sits third in strokes gained off-the-tee, eight in strokes gained tee-to-green and 13th in strokes gained total. If this were any other year, I’d shy away from backing Rahm. However, with no spectators allowed on the grounds, and the seemingly improved mentality and composure from the Spaniard, this could very well be the year Rahm comes away with his first green jacket.
And lastly, Justin Thomas is perhaps the one golfer you don’t want to go up against if he’s in contention with another golfer you backed on the back-nine on Sunday. Thomas is about as clutch as they come. And despite having not won a tournament since the WGC in early August, Thomas consistently contends as seen by his T2 at the Tour Championship, T8 at the U.S Open, T12 at the CJ Cup and T2 at the Zozo Championship. Out of the four golfers I just mentioned, it’s Thomas who I’d trust with my money when the going gets tough and you need a clutch par save or need to stick an approach shot to set up a birdie opportunity.
Xander Schauffele +1400, Collin Morikawa +3300,
If you’re looking for a complete player, perhaps the search stops at Schauffele. The ever-present in tournaments ranks among the top-15 in strokes gained around the green (10th), strokes gained putting (13th), strokes gained tee to green (12th) and strokes gained total (3rd). When Schauffele is dialed in – as he usually is – his iron game and putting can hold up against anyone in this field. Schauffele has great form to back that up as he finished T2 at the Tour Championship in September, fifth at the U.S Open, second at the CJ Cup and T17 at the Zozo. Look for Schauffele to be in contention on Sunday.
And lastly, Morikawa is a Master’s debutant, and typically they don’t fare very well, but Morikawa has the game needed to get around August National. His game -- specifically his approach play -- has been the focal point of his game over the last handful of tournaments, and he’s going to need it to be locked in from the get-go on Thursday. Morikawa sits fourth in the World Golf Rankings and will be looking to make a big splash this weekend.
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