The Masters 2020
The 17 month wait finally comes to a close on Friday as the lavish greens and fairways of Augusta National plays host to the 84th edition of The Masters tournament.
Just like last year, a wide-open pack of contenders will be in attendance this week hoping to cap off the year with a green jacket and a share in the $11.5 million prize purse.
Tiger Woods was the surprise winner last year at 16-1, but the five-time champ currently finds himself out of favour with the bookies after a forgettable year.
US Open winner Bryson Dechambeau headlines the top line of betting, followed closely by the usual supporting cast of Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas.
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The Masters 2020 – Best Bet
Tony Finau at $26.00
Finau looked a chance at winning last week in Houston before a final round 71 saw him undone.
We’ve seen a similar story unfold time and time again throughout his career, which obviously makes it hard to back Finau with any kind of confidence.
That said, the 31-year-old hasn’t put a foot wrong in two appearances at the Masters where he’s finished T10 and T5.
During that time Finau ranks fourth in strokes gained at Augusta, only two spots behind Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.
His biggest problem over the last two seasons has been handling the pressure when the going gets tough, but with more maturity and experience under his belt, this might just be the year Finau gets the job done.
The Masters 2020 – Best Value
Hideki Matsuyama at $29.00
The Japanese sensation was enormous last week at Memorial Park carding two beautiful final rounds to finish T2 behind Carlos Ortiz.
Matsuyma has also finished Top 25 in his last three major appearances and has missed the cut only once in eight appearances at Augusta.
Last year he finished second in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green, an encouraging sign as he looks to snap his three-year winless drought.
The Masters 2020 – Best Roughie
Adam Scott at $41.00
Scott came home strongly last week in Houston with a final round 68 to finish T32.
If you’re only a casual golf fan, you’d be forgiven for thinking Scott’s best days are behind him, but his results over the last 12 months suggest he might have one last run left in him.
The Aussie won The Genesis Invitational back in February and also finished last season ranked ninth in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green.
Throw in the fact he hasn’t missed the cut at The Masters since 2009 (with a win and four Top 10 finishes to his name during that time, by the way), and Scott suddenly becomes quite the intriguing bet.
Jason Kokrak at $81.00
If you’re looking for another roughie to have something small on, don’t go past Kokrak.
The 35-year-old has been one of the top guys on Tour recently when it comes to the short game, ranking third in Strokes Gained: Putting as well as 27th in Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee.
All of that combined helped him win The CJ Cup a fortnight ago, which bodes particularly well heading into his first look at Augusta.
The Masters 2020 – Best of the Rest
Bryson Dechambeau at $9.00
Dechambeau opened with a brilliant first round 66 last year before fading to land outright 29th down the stretch.
Since then he’s gone on to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic and the US Open though, so it’s safe to say he’s the man to beat in his fourth appearance at Augusta.
The 29-year-old has been lights out with the putter since the new season began, and with a month off since his T8 at the Shriners, he should be fit and firing for another deep run.
Dustin Johnson at $10.00
The last 12 months for DJ have been nothing short of remarkable, but is this the year he finally grabs a green jacket?
Johnson finished tied for second behind Tiger Woods last year, a result you know he’s been stewing on.
DJ used that result to fuel his fire on his way to winning The Northern Trust and the TOUR Championship, while he hasn’t been far off more recently finishing T6 at the US Open and T2 in Houston last week.
Approach is everything at Augusta, something Johnson has in abundance.
With four consecutive Top 10 finishes to his name at The Masters, you simply have to include him in your betting.
Jon Rahm at $11.00
After a few weeks off, Rahm could be the most dangerous man heading to Augusta.
The Spaniard won the BMW Championship in memorable playoff fashion back in August and has been a real model of consistency ever since.
Like the names before him, Augusta has also been a kind course to Rahm where he’s made the cut in each of the last three years.
Rahm’s short game might be the best on Tour right now, and with a red-hot putter to match, he’s got everything going for him as he still seeks that illustrious major win.
Justin Thomas at $12.00
Would you believe Thomas hasn’t missed the cut since June?
The American won the St Jude Invitational back in August and looks well deserving of another major win.
Since a T8 at the US Open, Thomas has gone on to finish T12 at The CJ Cup and tied for second at the Zozo last month – strong form lines heading into his fourth appearance at The Masters.
Like many others, he shouldn’t be short on motivation after finishing T12 here last year.
Rory McIlroy at $12.00
It’s been a while in between drinks for the Irishman, but his track record at Augusta can’t be taken lightly.
Rory has missed the cut only once in ten appearances at The Masters and is looking to finish inside the Top 25 for the eighth year in a row.
He’s had his troubles this year with the putter, but his final round at Sherwood en route to a T17 was at least encouraging.
Xander Schauffele at $13.00
Nobody is more deserving of a breakthrough than Schauffele.
The 27-year-old has flirted with his fifth win on Tour all year and will be hungry to pick up where he left off at Augusta last year finishing tied for second behind Tiger.
Over the last two months Schauffele has finished T2 at the TOUR Championship, fifth at the US Open and second at The CJ Cup.
He’s one of the best on Tour when it comes to approaching the green, and if he can somehow handle the moment when the pressure gets hot, he could very well win this.
Brooks Koepka at $15.00
Koepka reverted back to his old driver last week in Houston on his way to a T5 finish.
The four-time major winner has been tough to get a gauge on this year after coming back from injury, but like so many others, he almost always saves his best for Augusta.
In four appearances Koepka has finished 33rd, 21st, 11th and second last year.
His short game looks the only knock heading into the weekend, but if you’re searching for value, it doesn’t get much better.
Patrick Cantlay at $23.00
Cantlay comes in well-rested and hot after winning the ZOZO a fortnight ago.
His recent record at major tournaments recently has been a little hit and miss, but don’t forget Cantlay finished only three strokes behind Tiger last year to tie for ninth.
Bubba Watson at $26.00
Can Bubba join Gary Player and Phil as a three-time Masters champion?
Watson heads to Augusta in great shape looking to improve on back-to-back Top 10 finishes at The CJ Cup and the ZOZO.
He hasn’t missed a cut since July and has also finished Top 15 at the Masters in each of the last two years.
If he strikes a red-hot putter this weekend, look out.
Jason Day at $29.00
Day was right in the driver’s seat for a win last week before he faded down the stretch (again).
A T7 at the Houston Open is a strong form line heading into The Masters though, particularly after so many injury setbacks over the last six months.
The Masters has been a happy hunting ground for the Aussie and he should feel right at home after finishing T5 last year.
Aside from withdrawing in 2012, Day hasn’t missed a cut in nine appearances at Augusta, while he also finished third last year in Strokes Gained: Putting.
Collin Morikawa at $34.00
Time for the reigning PGA Champ to prove he isn’t just a one-hit wonder.
Morikawa has missed the cut three times since his triumph at TPC Harding Park, which includes a horrible opening two rounds at the US Open back in September.
He’s since steadied to finish T12 and T50 at The CJ Cup and the ZOZO respectively, but since this is his first look at Augusta, it’s hard to get too excited about Morikawa’s chances.
Tiger Woods at $34.00
On a similar note, it’s hard to entertain Tiger at these odds.
Last year’s monumental win came on the back of some strong results at the Genesis Open and the PLAYERS Championship leading in, which has hardly been the case this time around.
Tiger fell outside the Top 50 at The Northern Trust and the BMW Championship, missed the cut at the US Open, and was nothing more than a footnote in his last appearance at the ZOZO.
He’s had some time off in between to get his body right, but even with a lifetime of experience and results at Augusta, this does look a tough ask.
Sungjae Im at $71.00
Im was a little up and down last week in Houston, but he might be well-suited making his debut at Augusta this week.
The Korean currently ranks fifth in Strokes Gained: Approach among players that have played the past 24 rounds on Tour, while he’s also inside the Top 25 in Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee.
The 2020 Honda Classic winner is easily one of the brightest young names on Tour, and I’m keen to have something small on him here at odds.
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