Jordan Spieth broke a winless drought dating back to July 2017 (the Open Championship) with a victory last weekend at the Valero Texas Open at 12/1.
He is now the second choice (11/1) on the odds board to win this week’s Masters. That in itself is truly remarkable considering he was almost ready to fall out of the OWGR Top 100 just a little over two months ago.
World No. 1 and defending champion Dustin Johnson (9/1) is the favorite and will attempt to be just the fourth player ever to win consecutive Masters (Tiger Woods 2002 and 2003, Nick Faldo 1989 and 1990, and Jack Nicklaus 1965 and 1966).
Bryson DeChambeau (12/1) looks to be more reasonably priced than last year when he was at single-digit odds, but he also has yet to muster a top-20 finish in four appearances at Augusta. Justin Thomas (12/1) recently won the Players Championship and has improved in every Masters appearance with a T-4 last fall being his best career finish here. Here’s the best bets for the Masters this weekend.
Jon Rahm (13/1)
A couple of weeks ago, Rahm encouraged folks not to bet him for the Masters since he and his wife Kelley were expecting their first child. Their baby boy, Kepa, was born early Sunday morning and it is now expected that Rahm makes his way to Augusta to try to win his first major.
Rahm did make some of his usual difficult putts at the Match Play and was the only top-seeded group player to advance into the weekend tournament before being knocked out in the quarterfinals by Scottie Scheffler. Three straight top-10 finishes at Augusta should be enough of an indicator that he will likely be a player for the win come Sunday.
Rory McIlroy (19/1)
McIlroy finds himself out of the OWGR Top 10 for the first time since 2018. His last win was in November 2019 at the WGC-HSBC Champions. He is not playing poorly, but he is not playing like the lad that had four major championship victories by age 25.
McIlroy is still one of the world’s best off the tee, but the iron play has become shaky with hit-or-miss putting. But he never quits at Augusta as proven last year. After shooting an opening-round 75, he shot 14-under over the last 54 holes. You still feel he is going to get that green jacket at some point.
Brooks Koepka (30/1)
Koepka got back to his winning ways for the first time since the summer of 2019 with a victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February. Then, he had right knee surgery on March 16 to deal with a kneecap dislocation and ligament damage and has not played an event since.
Betting him is a risky proposition due to this being his first start back less than a month post-knee surgery. However, this is an attractive price for a player that has won four majors in the last four years.
Tony Finau 39/1
Finau has seven top 10s or better in his last 11 majors including a T-4 at the PGA and a T-8 in the U.S. Open in 2020. He does not have a weakness in his game, but he never has all aspects firing at the same time.
Cameron Smith (45/1)
The Australian mullet-man has two top-5 finishes here in just four appearances. Smith became the first player in Masters history in the fall to shoot all four rounds in the 60s, and yet lost by five strokes to Dustin Johnson.
Sungjae Im (51/1)
Im finished T-2 last year here in his debut. Im currently ranks No. 6 on the tour for SG: Off-The-Tee and 8th for Driving Accuracy.
Adam Scott (78/1)
The 2013 champion has made 11 straight cuts here at Augusta. This year, his driver has been terrible as he is losing almost 0.75 strokes per round off the tee, but he shot three of four rounds in the 60s last time out on a usually difficult PGA National course at the Honda Classic.