LAS VEGAS — If it appears as if yesterday when Dustin Johnson obtained the Masters in dominant fashion, that’s not far off. It was 5 months previously, to be exact. The scheduling cancellations, postponements and quirks attributable to the coronavirus pandemic have been principally unfavorable, nonetheless this one is a fundamental constructive.
The biggest betting event in golf is making a quick comeback, and no person is complaining.
There’s not lots of buzz spherical Johnson, which is odd considering his 20-under-par score blew away the topic in November and he’s returning to Augusta Nationwide because the 9/1 favorite. At BetMGM, Johnson is the solely participant listed at single-digit odds.
Johnson simply isn’t forgotten, nonetheless he has not found the winner’s circle because the day Tiger Woods, the 2019 Masters champion, handed him his first inexperienced jacket.
Woods is clearly missing this week whereas recovering from extreme accidents sustained in a automotive wreck in late February, however the absence of the game’s largest star simply isn’t hurting the wagering cope with.
“It’s already nice. Our deal with is definitely greater than it’s ever been main into Masters week,” DraftKings sportsbook director John Avello acknowledged. “Tiger attracts cash no matter what his odds are and the way he’s enjoying. If it wasn’t for Tiger, I don’t assume golf betting could be the place it’s right now.”
Even with out Woods, golf betting is flourishing due to high-profile stars akin to Johnson and several other different youthful weapons who pack the potential firepower to win the yr’s first fundamental. Few totally different sports activities actions present options to hit a worthwhile ticket at long-shot odds on a weekly basis.
“Cashing a ticket will not be simple,” Avello acknowledged.
And participating within the favorite in an elite 88-player topic is seldom recommended. Take a shot at beating the favorite, so look earlier Johnson and take into consideration these 5 players at longer odds:
Jordan Spieth (11/1)
In early February, when Spieth started exhibiting indicators of discovering his misplaced recreation, his Masters odds have been hovering as extreme as 60/1. He’s lastly all of the means once more, stopping a four-year winless streak Sunday on the Texas Open in San Antonio. The chances usually are not a bargain, nonetheless the 2015 Masters champion figures to be within the hunt on a course that matches him like a glove.
“Spieth is getting share of the cash,” Avello acknowledged.
Justin Thomas (11/1)
Driving distance is essential at Augusta, the place shorter hitters off the tee are at a definite disadvantage. Thomas is prolonged off the tee, and his precision iron play is about just about pretty much as good as a result of it is going to get on the PGA Tour. He leads the tour in putting widespread this season and there are few flaws in his all-around recreation, which was sturdy ample to win the Gamers Championship in Florida in mid-March.
In 2018, Thomas tied for seventeenth at Augusta at four-under. When Woods obtained the next yr, Thomas tied for twelfth at eight-under. Final yr, he accomplished fourth at 12-under, eight strokes behind Johnson.
“Yearly, he has been a little bit higher,” golf handicapper Jeff Sealey acknowledged. “All the pieces is trending the proper approach for JT. I believe the worth is acceptable. It’s not likely nice worth at these odds, however I’ll guess him.”
Within the group of short-priced players behind Johnson, Spieth and Thomas appear to have further momentum than Jon Rahm (11/1), Bryson DeChambeau (11/1) and Rory McIlroy (18/1).
Brooks Koepka (25/1)
The four-time fundamental champion is getting odds as extreme as 40/1 at Circa Sports activities, principally attributable to questions surrounding surgical process on his correct knee March 16. Nonetheless, Koepka arrived in Augusta this week saying he intends to contend. Sealey’s math model duties Koepka as essentially the most most likely winner.
“I take into consideration short-term kind, long-term kind, course historical past and course match,” Sealey acknowledged. “I appeared on the outcomes and Koepka is No. 1. However [the model] doesn’t account for the damage issue.”
Koepka’s win in Phoenix on Feb. 7 was his first because the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.
“I need to play Koepka, however I’m frightened about his well being,” VSiN golf handicapper Brady Kannon acknowledged. “I would take a shot with him. If he’s 90 %, he may win it.”
Cameron Smith (40/1)
The 27-year-old Australian has course historic previous in his nook. Smith tied for second, 5 strokes behind Johnson, in November. He moreover tied for fifth in 2018. Sharp cash has confirmed on Smith since his odds simply currently reached a peak of 70/1.
Adam Scott (65/1)
One other Aussie who excels at Augusta is Scott, the Masters winner in 2013. Scott ranks within the tour’s excessive 20 in driving distance — DeChambeau ranks first — and will make a run for the cash if his putter will get scorching.