Masters Odds: 5 Players Who Thrive At Augusta & Are Worth Backing This Year

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Masters Golf Predictions:

The world’s greatest golfers will descend upon Augusta National to battle for the famous green jacket at the Masters on Thursday.

Leading betting sites make defending champion Scottie Scheffler the favourite to defend his crown, but he faces fierce competition from the likes of Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm.

This is the only major that takes place at the same venue each year - the beautifully manicured Augusta National in Georgia - so it is easier to pick out form trends.

With that in mind, we have delved into the history books to find some appealing bets on this year’s Masters.

The golfers listed below have consistently flourished at Augusta in recent years, so they make attractive outright and each-way betting options before the tournament begins.

Rory McIlroy

Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm have established themselves as the Big Three on the PGA Tour after enjoying a great deal of success over the past year.

They occupy the top three positions in the official world rankings, and some UK bookmakers are offering identical odds on all three of them winning the Masters.

Scheffler is the reigning champion, but last year’s triumph was the only time he has ever finished in the top 10.

McIlroy and Rahm are older, and they have both displayed remarkable consistency at this tournament, despite never winning it.

Rahm has four top-10 finishes in six appearances, but his best performance came back in 2018, when he finished fourth.

McIlroy has been even more reliable at Augusta National, with seven top-10 finishes in the last nine years.

He was the runner-up behind Scheffler last year, and he heads into the tournament in excellent form.

This could be the year that he finally ends his major drought and McIlroy is available at 8.5 with Bet365.

Cameron Smith

The organisers of the breakaway LIV Golf League are under pressure after Nielsen reported dismal viewing figures for the Saudi-backed promotion’s first televised event.

Just 291,000 people tuned in to watch LIV Golf Mayakoba, compared to 2.42 million that watched the PGA Tour’s relatively low-key Honda Classic.

It would be a major PR coup for LIV Golf if one of the league’s stars were to win the Masters at Augusta, potentially galvanising interest in the series.

Eighteen LIV golfers will take part, and two stand out: Cameron Smith and Dustin Johnson.

DJ has a terrific record at Augusta: he won the Masters in 2020 and finished in the top-10 on his previous four appearances.

However, he then missed the cut in 2021 and finished 12th last year, so Smith looks like a better bet at 21.0 with golf betting sites.

The Queenslander was the runner-up to Johnson in 2020, and he then finished 10th the following year.

Smith looked on course to clinch the green jacket in 2022, only for his tee shot to splash into Rae’s Creek on the 12th hole.

He dusted himself off and won The Open Championship, before defecting to the LIV Golf League a few weeks later.

Smith boasts a remarkable short game, he is very cool under pressure and he could be a leading contender for glory this time around.

Will Zalatoris

Will Zalatoris burst onto the scene when he finished T6 at the US Open in 2020, which was his first appearance at a major.

He then finished runner-up at the Masters in 2021, just one stroke behind champion Hideki Matsuyama.

Zalatoris finished T6 at the Masters last year, so he clearly relishes the conditions at Augusta, and his ball-striking and tee-to-green play are unrivalled.

Will Zalatoris

Putting has let him down in the past, but if he fixes that sole weakness, the 26-year-old American will be unstoppable.

He has finished in the top-10 in six of his seven appearances at the majors, and that level of consistency should stand him in good stead.

At 34.0 on Ladbrokes sites, he could make a great each-way punt, as six of the last eight Masters have been won by a player that had never previously clinched a major.

Sungjae Im

The South Korean star Sungjae Im stands out as another interesting each-way shout at 41.0 with Unibet thanks to his recent record at the Masters.

He made his first appearance at the tournament in 2020, when he finished T2 along with Smith.

Im was considered a leading contender in 2021, but he struggled to replicate his previous form and ultimately failed to make the cut.

However, he came roaring back to form last year, when he finished T8 along with Justin Thomas.

Im has never had much luck at any other majors – his best finish outside of the Masters was T17 at the PGA Championship in 2021 – as he seems to reserve his best performances for Augusta.

Corey Conners

If you are looking for an even longer shot, look no further than Corey Conners, a Canadian pro who is currently 40th in the world rankings.

He is another player that has flourished at Augusta National in recent years: 10th in 2020, eighth in 2021 and sixth last year.

If he maintains that upward curve, he could break into the top-five this time around, so odds of 67.0 with US Masters betting are appealing.

As is also the case with Im, Conners has never turned it on at any other majors, but his game is well-suited to Augusta, making him an interesting long-shot.

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