How Should You Bet at This Week's Masters

How Should You Bet at This Week's Masters
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Now that the final horn has sounded on March Madness, it's time to focus on “a tradition unlike any other,” the Masters in Augusta, Georgia.

This stop on the PGA Tour takes place Thursday through Sunday.

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For analysis and betting tips, Gambling.com turned to professional oddsmaker Casey Lewless. A former Nevada bookmaker, Lewless now manages the Penn National sportsbooks in Louisiana.

Here’s his take on this weekend’s tournament.

How Popular Golfers Should Fare at Masters

One of the fan favorites in the tournament is Rory McIlroy (16-1). Everyone would love to see him get the career slam.

Cam Smith (15-1) is a popular choice, as he finished second to Hideki Matsuyama the previous year.

Will Zalatoris (35-1) is similar to Cam Smith. He had a great finish the previous year, so he's a popular choice.

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Bubba Watson (80-1), because of his previous success at Augusta, is always popular, too.

As for Tiger Woods (50-1), I think he’s looking to put the spotlight on himself this week, kind of like Tom Brady has done recently. I would expect if it goes poorly, he’ll withdraw, citing possible injury.

Last but not least, you will always get a few followers for Justin Thomas (12-1). His game is as complete as anyone’s, but his putter has slipped in recent years in majors.

How Emerging Talent Will Fare at Masters

There are a handful of players who are really emerging, but the question is: Are they ready for the spotlight and the Masters’ green jacket?

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In this group, I put Viktor Hovland (16-1). He has an all-around great game and is near the Top 10 seemingly week in and week out.

Collin Morikawa (20-1) is obviously a talented player, but so far he has struggled at the Masters.

Sam Burns (35-1) is absolutely on fire, but is he ready for the big stage?

Joaquín Niemann (50-1) is another golfer who always seems to be in contention, but you have to wonder if he’s ready to hoist the trophy.

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My Choices for The Masters

When I analyze a tournament for golf betting, I usually narrow it down to a smaller group and use the process of elimination.

This strategy gives me Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Daniel Berger, Patrick Cantlay, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele.

My choices for the green jacket are Rahm (10-1), Koepka (15-1) and Cantlay (20-1).

For a price, I suggest Berger at 35-1 or higher and Marc Leishman at 80-1 or higher.

Good luck and hit ’em straight, and if you can’t, then take a big eraser.

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