April 17, 2021

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Masters 2021 Preview, Betting Odds, & Picks

By: Quin Pezoldt (@quinteneveret16) & Trent Pruitt (@trentbets)

We head down to Augusta for the 85th edition of the Masters. And sure, the Masters Tournament doesn’t need much to spice it up, but if you’re like us, then you’re going to want to have just that little bit extra on the line when Sunday rolls around. Quinten and I have been researching all week and narrowed down a couple of bets that we are going to lock in! Let’s dive into a quick background and some fun facts, the betting favorites, run through our picks and analysis, and finish with a couple of boosted odds bets that you can find at PointsBet

Quick Facts About The Masters Tournament

  • There is a field of 88 golfers teeing off at 8 A.M. ET on Thursday, April 8th. 
  • The cut will include the top 50 golfers (including ties) within 10 shots of the leader. 
  • Dustin Johnson is the 2020 Masters champion and there are 17 other former champions participating this year. 
  • Nobody has repeated as a champ since ‘01 – ‘02 when Tiger Woods accomplished the feat. 
  • The course’s par is 72 and it’s measured at 7,475 yards.

The Favorites

Dustin Johnson+900Jon Rahm+1200
Bryson DeChambeau+1100Jordan Spieth+1300
Justin Thomas+1100Rory McIlroy+1800

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Our Best Bets for the Tournament

Quin’s Best Bet

Last year for the Masters I was all over the rookies zagging against the fact that Augusta is never a fan of the new kids. Typically, my golf strategy is to take the middle of the row guys. Minus the last two champions, the odds of the winner have been in between the 20/1’s and the 100/1’s. Realistically that’s the true odds for anyone to win the whole thing anyway. The bookmakers can put in their work researching and making tight lines for the household names but when it comes down to it, anyone can earn the green jacket. Granted, if Dustin Johnson ends up going back-to-back (which hasn’t happened since Tiger did it 20 years ago) and the +900 ticket cashes, they’ve covered their risk. In all reality, his true odds to win are higher than 9/1 so you’re paying a premium. Here are some middle of the row guys in terms of odds:

Collin Morikawa to Finish in Top 10 (+200)

Collin Morikawa was one of my favorites in our last visit a few months ago and now that he’s gotten over the rookie hump and picked up that needed experience around the azaleas he should have a better go around the track. Morikawa is coming into the tournament at World Rank #4 after a pro debut the likes of Tiger. He won his first major that he participated in then finished T-44 at the last Masters. Augusta is kind to the best ball strikers on the Tour and Morikawa is near the top with Dustin Johnson in that category with one of the most pure swings in the field. He said he’s going to play his game this weekend rather than play the course like he did last year so it’s hard not to like this kid. He’s 28/1 to win the tournament.

Will Zalatoris to Finish in Top 20 (+180)

Zalatoris isn’t a well known name to the untrained eye but he knows how to keep his name in the top quarter of the leaderboard as well as any. In the last six months Zalatoris has finished in the top-10 five times including the US Open, Farmers Insurance, and the Arnie Palmer Invitational. To add to that, he has three top-20 finishes and finished 21st at the Players Championship a month ago. The guy is playing on a heater but hasn’t had that enormous day to put him in the lead. This is another Masters rookie so I don’t see the win coming here but he’s got solid value to finish in the top-20 or picking him in pools/fantasy. Will Zalatoris is 100/1 to win the tournament. 

Trent’s Best Bet

Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am not the biggest golf guy at the company. But when the Masters rolls around, I’ll be glued to the T.V. and you know I’m going to have action down on the tournament. My golf betting strategy is pretty straightforward: don’t bet on long odds. I’m not the guy to sit here and tell you that Matthew Wolff is excellent value at 125/1 because he has the best irons on the tour. I’m going to research a few key guys towards the top that I’m familiar with and see if there are any odds that stick out for “Top 10,” “Top 5,” “To Make the Cut,” etc. So without further ado, here are my best bets for the Masters Tournament 2021: 

Jordan Speith to Finish in the Top 20 (-223)

Jordan Spieth has seen his odds get diminished throughout the year since he was 60/1 a few months back. Now he sits at 13/1 to win the tournament but like I said, I’m not the guy to root for just a winner. I’m officially on the Spieth train moving forward with how well he’s been playing. He’s coming off of a 1st place finish at Valero last weekend and has finished in the top ten in four out of the previous six tournaments. As for Masters history, the last two year saw Spieth finish tied for 46 (2020) and tied for 21st (2019). Other than that, he’s finished in the top five on four occasions, including earning his first career green jacket in 2015. Although the Top 20 is a little bit juicy, it gives us a little bit of wiggle room compared to the Top 10. 

Jon Rahm to Finish in the Top 20 (-200)

This is a play I’ll be making solely on my fandom. Jon Rahm is my favorite golfer since he’s out of Arizona State. The fellow Sun Devil has found success at Augusta recently: T7 (2020), T9 (2019), and 4th (2018). All around, he’s one of the best in the world and that’s shown over his recent outings. He finished 9th at TPC Sawgrass in mid-March, 13th at TPC Scottsdale (February), and 7th in both the Farmers and Sentry Tournament of Champions in January. A lot of people are saying to stay away from Rahm since he just had a child and was the last player in the field to arrive. I think the opposite. The newly acquired dad strength will kick in this weekend and that alone will probably be enough to fuel him to another top 10 finish. But in reality, Rahm is a stud and I feel safe laying the juice on him to finish in the top 20 at Augusta in 2021. 

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