Masters Odds and Betting Preview – Johnson Aims For Repeat At Augusta

The Masters tees off on Thursday, April 8th at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. This is the first time ever that any majors have been played back-to-back on the PGA Tour schedule. Last year’s Masters was postponed in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but then it was held in November. There is supposed to be a limited capacity this spring at Augusta as Dustin Johnson aims to defend his title. Masters odds have Johnson as the favorite to take the Green Jacket home once again.

Who will Johnson have to compete with at the sportsbooks? Let’s take a look at the Masters odds.

Masters Odds – The Favorites

Dustin Johnson (+800)

Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky celebrate his Masters win

The world’s top-ranked player has a sparkling record at Augusta. Since 2015, Johnson’s results are T6-T4-T10-T2-1. Also, remember that he was the sports betting favorite in 2017 at Augusta. However, Johnson fell at his rented house and had to withdraw with a back problem. Johnson has been shaky with the putter this year, but if the flatstick is working, it’s tough to see anyone beating Johnson, a two-time major champion.

Justin Thomas (+1100)

Thomas is ranked one spot ahead of Johnson in SG: Tee To Green, as Thomas is fifth. He is also one spot behind Johnson in the world golf rankings. Thomas had a tough start to 2021 on a personal note, but he bounced back with a win at The Players Championship. He finished solo fourth here in November, but Thomas’ game fits perfectly at Augusta.

Bryson DeChambeau (+1100)

Everyone knows about DeChambeau’s incredible length, which he rode to a U.S. Open win at Winged Foot in September. However, it didn’t pay off at Augusta in November as DeChambeau finished T-34. In seven starts since the last Masters, DeChambeau has a missed cut, but he also won at Bay Hill and finished T-3 at The Players. If DeChambeau can dial it back and realize that he doesn’t have to hit so far at Augusta, which is more about precision than power, he’ll be a real threat.

Jordan Spieth (+1100)

Jordan Spieth wears the Green Jacket

Spieth won the Masters in 2015, and he would have won the 2016 Masters if not for one of the biggest chokes in golf history. 2020 was a truly awful year for Spieth, who missed six cuts and had just one top-10 finish. But he is turning it around in 2021 after missing the cut at Torrey Pines, posting four top-10s in six starts. He finished T-46 here in November, but Spieth has also finished top-three four times at Augusta and has some of his swagger back. He just has to be careful of the 12th hole.

Jon Rahm (+1200)

Rahm has been incredibly solid over the last eight months. He won the BMW Championship in August, and including that in his last 13 starts, Rahm has nine top-10s, including a T-7 at the Masters. Rahm was always talented, but he seems to have harnessed his temper and using it to play well instead of getting down on himself. Only DeChambeau is better than Rahm in Shots Gained: Tee to Green. However, Rahm is 122nd in SG: Putting. That won’t work at Augusta. But if skipping the water at the 16th hole is your thing, watch this from November.

Favorites We’re Not Sure About Yet

Brooks Koepka (+1200)

We’re not even sure if Koepka is going to tee it up at Augusta as he has been out of action since end of February due to a bad knee. It would be a shame if he missed out. We know how Koepka fares at the majors with two PGA Championships and two U.S. Opens under his belt. He has also finished T-2 and T-7 in his last two trips to Augusta. Koepka’s health is the only factor keeping him out of the first tier of Masters odds favorites.

Rory McIlroy (+1400)

McIlroy only needs the Masters to complete the Career Slam as he has two PGA Championships, as well as an Open Championship and a U.S. Open. He also finished T-5 here in November, and has finished in the top-10 every year since 2014, except for 2019 when he was T-21. McIlroy’s game was made for Augusta. However, he seems to be short of confidence right now, so it’s tough to trust his sports betting odds.

Masters Odds – The Contenders

Patrick Cantlay (+2200)

Cantlay has come into his own over the last couple of years, and he has finished T-9 and T-17 in his last two trips to Augusta. He won the Zozo Championship in October, and has finished in the top 20 in six of seven starts since then. He is just solid from tee to green, and ranks ninth in SG: Tee to Green. He is also dangerous on Sundays, ranking 12th in final-round putting and 29th in final-round scoring.

Xander Schauffele (+2200)

Schauffele finished first in the 72-hole scores at the Tour Championship in September, and in 11 starts since then, he has five top-five finishes and a missed cut. Like Cantlay, Schauffele is just very solid, ranking 13th in SG: Tee to Green. He is also dangerous on Sundays, ranking 19th in final-round scoring and 34th in final-round putting. Schauffele has finished T-2 and T-17 in his last two Augusta trips.

Collin Morikawa (+2500)

Morikawa won the first major to be played without fans as he triumphed at the PGA Championship in August. He also won the WGC-Workday Championship, and opened the season with a pair of top-10s in Hawaii. Morikawa tops the PGA Tour in SG. Approach, which is key at Augusta. However, he is 179th in putting, so he needs a good week with the flatstick. He finished T-44 here in his debut Augusta visit. He might be work a golf betting value pick.

The Contenders We’re Not Sure About Yet

Tony Finau (+2500)

Finau has cooled off since a run of four straight top-four finishes, including a trio of runner-ups, earlier this year. He is seventh in SG: Tee to Green, but Finau just can’t seem to close out when he is close to winning a tournament. He has gone T10-T5-T38 in three trips to Augusta, and of course, is well known for dislocating his ankle in the par-3 contest in his first year.

Warning: don’t click if dislocated ankles make you queasy. 

Lee Westwood (+3300)

Westwood is enjoying a resurgence as of late as he finished second at The Players Championship and Bay Hill, and he lost to Sergio Garcia on a walk-off hole-in-one at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. He also likes Augusta, posting top-10s in every year but two between 2010 and 2016. He finished a respectable T-38 here in November. Westwood will be trying to keep catching lightning in a bottle.

Viktor Hovland (+3300)

Hovland had a stretch of four top-six finishes in a row earlier this year, but has cooled off since. Still, he is 11th in SG: Tee to Green, and he is a great driver of the ball, which is key at Augusta to avoiding big numbers. However, Hovland is 91st in SG: Putting, so that hurts. He finished T-32 here in 2019 as the low amateur, but he missed out on the tournament last year.

Patrick Reed (+3300)

Sergio Garcia puts the green jacket on Patrick Reed

Reed has a mixed bag of results from the Masters. In seven Augusta tournaments, Reed won in 2018, has a top-10 from November and he has also missed two cuts. He won at Torrey Pines earlier this year, although it wouldn’t be Reed if there wasn’t a rules controversy. He thrives on that, though. Reed leads the PGA Tour in SG: Putting, and that usually keeps him in the mix.

Masters Odds – The Longshots

Paul Casey (+4000)

Casey won on the European Tour in Dubai in January, and he had four top-12 finishes in a row before going out in the round of 16 in the Match Play. He has five top-10s at Augusta, and came in T-38 here last year. He’ll need a little help with the flatstick, though, as Casey is 75th in SG: Putting.

Sung-Jae Im (+5000)

Im finished T-2 here in November in his first Masters tournament, which is very impressive considering how difficult Augusta is on first-time players. But Im is steady, ranking 49th in SG: Tee to Green and 31st in SG: Putting. His deliberate style of play is great for Augusta. He might need a little more seasoning here, but Im is a fun value sports betting pick.

Sergio Garcia (+5000)

Sergio Garcia celebrates winning the Masters

Garcia is hit and miss at the Masters, winning in a playoff over Justin Rose in 2017 and posting three other top-eight finishes. However, he has missed the cut seven times, including in his last two trips. He’s feeling good right now, though. He got to the quarterfinals of the Match Play, Garcia finished T-9 at The Players Championship and he had a pair of top-12 finishes in the Middle East earlier this year.

Adam Scott (+6000)

Adam Scott celebrates winning the Masters

Scott is another former champion (2013) who has been playing well lately. He has made the cut in his last 13 starts, although he has just one top-10 during that time. Scott is putting well (58th in SG: Putting), but inconsistent everywhere else. But he does like Augusta, making the cut every year since 2010, posting four top-10s during that time.

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