Masters Best Bets, Expert Tips & Complete 2021 Betting Guide
The US Masters usually takes place in April of every year but due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it will be held this week from November 12th to 15th without the patrons. The Masters is the only major which returns to the same venue every year making it easier to analyse as course form has a big impact on proceedings.
Augusta National Golf Course
The Bobby Jones & Alister MacKenzie designed course measures 7,475 yards with long tree-lined fairways and lightning-quick greens to test the players' short game.
The event first took place in 1934 which was won by Craig Wood while last year's performance from Tiger Woods will go down as one of the all-time greats as he claimed his fifth green jacket holding off Brooks Koepka by a shot.
The key to success at this track is long accurate driving and slick putting. With four par fives in play, players who can bomb it off the tee and enjoy the fast-paced greens will relish this venue.
The tournament has the smallest number of starters in any major, with 94 golfers playing at Augusta this year, making US Masters golf betting markets more narrow than other majors.
Bryson Dechambeau - has taken the PGA Tour by storm this year by simply hitting the ball much further than anyone else. The world No.5 heads the market at 8/1 and he has enjoyed success at the Rocket Mortgage Classic along with claiming his first major championship by winning the US Open by a comfortable 6 strokes at Winged Foot Golf Club. Although he has failed to finish inside the top 20 in his previous three visits to Augusta, the Californian looks a different player this year and his combination of big-hitting and slick putting will stand him in good stead around here.
Rory McIlroy - will once again be desperate to get a victory here to complete his career grand slam of winning all four major championships. Before last year's disappointing effort, the Northern Irishman had finished inside the top 10 at Augusta for five straight years. McIlroy's long draw off the tee suits the course perfectly and if he can put a decent week together on the greens he is sure to be thereabouts and is currently trading at odds of 12/1.
Jon Rahm - The Spaniard has been in tremendous form this season winning both the Memorial and the BMW Championship. Although yet to make his major breakthrough he is attracted plenty of support at 12/1 and will be looking forward to teeing it up at Augusta again having impressed with back-to-back top 10 finishes at the course.
New kids on the block – The PGA Tour has unearthed some golfing superstars in Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff, and Scottie Scheffler as the trio attempt to be the first rookie to win the Masters since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1973.
At just 23 years old Colin Morikawa will be aiming to win his second major of the year, two years younger at 21 years old Matthew Wolf is already a winner on tour and has finished inside the top 5 in both majors this year. Scheffler looks like a PGA Tour veteran already and although he picked up Covid last month he has bounced back to form in no time and rounded off his Masters preparations with a solid week of golf in his home state of Texas at the Houston Open last week.
Unfortunately, both Daniel Berger and Victor Hovland failed to qualify for this year's tournament due to Covid 19 qualification issues but will both be teeing it up at Augusta next April.
Patrick Can Break his Major Duck
Patrick Cantlay 28/1, arrives at Augusta in scintillating form after fending off both Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas a fortnight ago to claim the Zozo Championship by a shot. That was his third victory on the PGA Tour and the Californian is no stranger to mixing it in the majors having finished inside the top ten here last year along with a third-place finish in the 2019 PGA Championship.
The 28-year-old ranks fourth for par 5 scoring average and with four par fives in play at Augusta that’s sure to be in his favour. The quick bentgrass greens are sure to suit Patrick who has an assured short game and everything seems to be trending in the right direction for the World No.9 at Augusta this week.
Wolff Will Howl on Augusta Debut
I touched on Matthew Wolff's impressive start to his PGA Tour career above and I think he may be overlooked at 40/1. A lack of course experience may be putting people off but that is no fault of his considering he is the second-youngest player in the field this week. Seeing as Bryson Dechambeau is favourite and expected to play well, then based on course correlation between the two players, Wolff is sure to have is say.
The Californian won his first PGA Tour title last year at the 3M Open where Dechambeau finished 2nd by a shot. Fast forward precisely a year on from that event and Dechambeau turned the tables on Wolff by winning the Rocket Mortgage Classis with Wolff finishing 2nd and then in the most recent major championship, the US Open, Dechambeau wins again with Wolff settling for a runner up spot. Is this some sort of coincidence? I think not, both players have very similar games with long accurate driving off the tee and slick putting so I see no reason why Wolff couldn’t compete with the big boys at Augusta come Thursday.
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