The Masters’ slogan of a “tradition unlike any other” has taken on a new meaning in the unprecedented year that is 2020.
Moved from its traditional spring slot due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Masters will be contested in a month other than March or April for the first time in its history.
Missing at Augusta National this week are the azaleas. And the fans.
What remains is a difficult 7,475-yard track that figures to be even more challenging with the soft fall conditions that are expected to make the course play longer.
That’s why Bryson DeChambeau is the betting favorite at most sportsbooks, including being offered at +750 by PointsBet and +800 by William Hill.
DeChambeau led the PGA Tour in driving distance last year and overpowered Winged Foot in winning the U.S. Open by six shots in September. He retreated to his training facility in Dallas for the past month, toying with the notion of busting out a 48-inch driver shaft at Augusta National this week.
Sportsbooks are looking to tap into the fascination with DeChambeau’s distance with numerous prop bets.
Bryson DeChambeau Betting Props at the Masters
Among those being offered by PointsBet is whether DeChambeau will crank a drive longer than 385.5 yards this week (-120) and whether he will make at least one eagle (+115). “Bison Bryson” had garnered a book-high 16 percent of the handle and 8 percent of the total winning bets as of Tuesday at DraftKings, where he was listed as the +800 favorite.
All the chatter around DeChambeau has somehow let the world’s top-ranked player come into Augusta a bit under the radar.
Dustin Johnson is being offered at +850 by both PointsBet and William Hill.
He did shorten the odds gap a bit with his tie for second at last week’s Houston Open. That came in his first start following a bout with COVID-19.
Johnson has six consecutive top-6 finishes, won the FedEx Cup playoffs and has a pair of wins and three runner-up results in 12 starts since the PGA Tour resumed play in June.
Oh, and he tied for second before Tiger Woods at last year’s Masters.
They’re both playing so well that PointsBet is offering -10000 odds on a prop bet that either DeChambeau OR Johnson will finish in the top 10, including ties. William Hill has a “Double Chance” bet with +400 odds that one of the two will win this year’s Masters.
About the only thing capable of outshining DeChambeau before this year’s tournament is the sheer presence of Woods.
The Masters Betting Preview for Another Tiger Resurgence
The four-time Masters champion arrived at Augusta facing long odds to repeat his dramatic 2019 victory.
Woods hasn’t won since the 2019 Zozo Championship and has teed it up in competition only nine times in the 13 months since tying Sam Snead’s all-time Tour victory record.
That includes only six starts since the Tour’s return, with his best finish a tie for 37th at the PGA Championship.
Woods insists he can be a factor this week, and as a +4500 longshot, he has been second at DraftKings with 7 percent of the total handle and 7 percent of the total bets.
The 92-player field features a slew of players who can be a factor this week.
That includes No. 2 Jon Rahm (+1000 by PointsBet and William Hill), No. 3 Justin Thomas (+1150, +1200) and No. 4 Rory McIlroy (+1200 by both), who will take his sixth crack at completing the career grand slam.
No. 8 Xander Schauffele (+1400 by both) is also a popular bet. He hasn’t won in 2020 but did have the lowest 72-hole score at the Tour Championship and has six top-10s in his past nine majors.
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Bubba Watson seemingly has his anxiety struggles under control. He is coming off a pair of top-10s, and the two-time Masters champion is evidence of how well Augusta suits lefties.
Watson is a better bet than Phil Mickelson (+10000), who is attempting to become the oldest major champion at 50. Mickelson has won his first two starts on the Champions tour, where the wider fairways suit his wayward driver. “Lefty” hasn’t finished better than a tie for 44th in his past six PGA Tour starts.
Of the 26 players making their Masters debuts, Collin Morikawa (+3500) and Matthew Wolff (+4000) are gaining the most attention.
Wolff is the longer hitter of the two but has failed to hold his two 54-hole leads this year. To be fair, he was chased down by DeChambeau both times, including at the U.S. Open. But Morikawa has already proven with his PGA Championship win that he’s unflappable on a major Sunday.
Masters Tournament Best Bet for Nov. 12, 2020
Tiger Woods may have five green jackets to his name, but he remains a challenging outright winner bet due to the form his has shown over the past year and the lack of competitive rounds under his belt.
William Hill is trying to entice action on the prop market with several Woods-specific bets that offer long odds, for good reason. Among them:
–Have any bogey-free round: +700
–Shoot 70 or less in all four rounds: +1200
–Have two or more bogey-free rounds: +3300
–Shoot 63 or less in any round: +3300
–Win by two or more shots: +3500
–Shoot 69 or less in all four rounds: +4000
Working in reverse order, Woods shot a pair of 70s in winning last year and has opened with a round in the 60s only once in 22 appearances. He has one sub-70 round out of his past 10 on Tour.
The 18-hole Augusta course record of 63 is shared by Nick Price (1986) and Greg Norman (1996). Woods has never accomplished the feat, much less in November.
To even have a shot at two or more bogey-free rounds, Woods would first have to make the cut. And if he plays four rounds, it is extremely unlikely he’d make it around Augusta National twice without a bogey.
Similar logic holds true for the shortest odds on William Hill’s prop list for Woods.
If he doesn’t make the cut, he will surely suffer several bogeys. And anyone who makes the cut stands almost no chance to play 72 holes at August National without a few squares on their scorecard.
There are more logical ways to put money on Woods outside of the outright winner market.
He is being offered at +125 by William Hill to finish within the top 20 and +320 to finish within the top 10. Woods is +250 by William Hill to make the cut and +220 by PointsBet to play the weekend.
No one outside of Jack Nicklaus has enjoyed more success at Augusta than Woods, who can play far from his best and still make his way around the course and stay within shouting distance of the leaders.
Masters Tournament Best Bet: Tiger Woods +250 to make the cut by William Hill. A $10 bet would return $25 if Woods reaches the weekend.