Justin Thomas only made it halfway through his opening round on Thursday, but that was enough to vault him into favorite status to win his first Masters.
Thomas reeled off three consecutive birdies to begin his opening round and finished his front nine at 4 under. That’s when darkness forced play to be halted.
Thomas will resume play on Friday three shots behind Paul Casey but as the +450 outright winner favorite by William Hill and at +500 by BetMGM. Meanwhile, Casey is +1600 and +1400 – not among the top five lowest odds at either sportsbook despite holding a two-shot lead.
That’s because Casey has already completed 18 holes at Augusta National, where soft November conditions have players licking their chops and taking aggressive lines at pins they wouldn’t dare to attack in the spring.
Thomas will have a rare opportunity to attack the back nine and its two getable par-5s in succession on Friday. He’ll begin the day on No. 10 to finish his first round, then begin his second round on No. 10 as the Masters goes with split tees for the first two rounds due to limited daylight.
Best Masters Odds for the World No. 1 Heading Into Round Two
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson has a similar opportunity, walking off the course Thursday in the middle of the eighth hole. He’s already 3 under, highlighted by an eagle on No. 2, and is being offered at +650 by both books.
Schauffele is third at +1000 by both books, with Jon Rahm +1200 by BetMGM after posting a 3-under 69. Rahm, who was 2 over through three holes, is +1400 by William Hill along with pre-tournament favorite Bryson DeChambeau.
DeChambeau rallied from a double bogey on the par-5 13th hole to go 4 under the rest of the way. He’s five shots off the lead and has also completed his first round, but remained the fifth betting favorite by BetMGM at +1400 along with Casey.
They’re both ahead of Tiger Woods, the defending champion who opened with a 68. Woods doesn’t know when he’ll get on the course Friday, but he put himself in the conversation with his 4 under and is +1600 by BetMGM and +1800 by William Hill.
Rory McIlroy, chasing the career grand slam for the sixth time, and Matthew Wolff are also +1800 by William Hill. BetMGM is offering Wolff at +2000 along with Simpson, while McIlroy is +2200 along with Hideki Matsuyama (4 under).
Casey is the +110 favorite by William Hill and +130 by BetMGM to finish the first round with the lead. Justin Thomas is second (+163, +160), followed by Adam Scott (+900 by both), who is 4 under through 10 holes.
FanDuel is offering -235 odds that the leader after Round 1 is complete will be 7 under or lower and +176 odds that someone will reach at least 8 under.
Masters Tournament Best Bet for Nov. 13, 2020
BetMGM moved quickly to establish a prop market around DeChambeau for Round 2:
–To shoot 69 or lower: -143
–To make 5 or more birdies, not including eagles: -134
–To make an eagle: +300
–To Birdie the 1st hole: +500
–Bogey Free: +1600
With his attacking mindset and chasing at least five shots entering his second round, DeChambeau is unlikely to make it around Augusta National without a bogey.
However, the course is playing extremely softly, with the field on pace to smash the record of sub-par rounds – 50 were under par when play was halted Thursday, with 38 being the record for any single round.
DeChambeau made a mess of one of the easiest holes on the course on Thursday. He could pick up three shots on his first round score just by birdying the easily reachable par-5, and up to four shots with an eagle.
A round in the 60s is highly likely, although predicting how he does it through a combination of birdies and potentially eagles is a far more difficult challenge.
Masters Tournament 2nd Round Best Bet: Bryson DeChambeau (-143) to shoot 69 or lower by BetMGM.