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11 Bets We're Making for The Masters

Bill Christy
Written by Bill Christy
April 5, 2023
11 Bets We're Making for The Masters

The 87th Masters Tournament is only a few hours away! Golf fans around the world are primed and ready to watch the best players on the planet tackle the sport's most iconic course. Folks are fired up to see Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, and of course, Tiger Woods!

Ready to attack Augusta National? It's a tradition like no other! Here are 11 Bets We're Making for The Masters! Let's cash some tickets!

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Cam Smith OVER Jordan Spieth (+125 DraftKings)

Cam has been enjoying his time on the LIV Golf Tour. He has a Top 5 finish in his bag already this season, and in his last 4 starts on the Tour, he has finished in the top 20 in all 4, top 10 in 2 of those, and won the Open outright.

Cam has the ability to go toe to toe with any pro on Tour. He has finishes of 10th, 5th, 3rd, and 2nd in 4 of his 5 starts here at Augusta. He faces Spieth, who has been playing well over his last 3 tournaments this year.

However, in 2 of his last 3 starts here at Augusta, Spieth has finishes of 46th and 3rd and missed the cut. His inconsistency gives us confidence in packing Smith in this one at plus money.

Sungjae Im OVER Cam Young (+100 DraftKings)

Cam Young made his 1st start at the Masters last year. His debut was nothing to write home about, and he found himself sitting out the weekend as he missed the cut on Friday. After a 20th and 10th place finish, Young finishes a mediocre 51st at the Players.

Sungjae did miss the cut in 2021 here at Augusta but had finished in 2nd the year prior and 8th last year. He is fresh off a 6th-place finish at the Players. With only 2 players scoring better on Par 5s this season, makes Im a desirable play.

Shane Lowry OVER Min Woo Lee (-120 DraftKings)

Shane grabbed a 35th-place finish at the Players back in March. He has increasingly gotten stronger here at Augusta over the last 3 years. In 2020 he finished 25th, followed that up with a 21st place finish in 2021, and last year he shot his best and finished 3rd.

He is facing Min Woo Lee, who will be making his Augusta debut and will have some serious nerves to deal with and not just the strong play of Lowry.

Viktor Hovland OVER Max Homa (-110 DraftKings)

Hovland has made the cut in all 10 events that he started this season. He is coming off a 3rd place finish at the Players and has been in the Top 20 in all but 2 of his starts. He is also in the top 55 in the main statistical categories for this event.

However, we are playing him here because we are fading Homa. Max is one of the strongest players on Tour, but here at the Masters, Homa has missed the cut in 2020 and 2021, and while he did make the cut in 2022, he finished a subpar 48th.

Brian Harman OVER Thomas Pieters (-110 Fanduel)

Pieters has missed the cut in 3 of his 7 starts this season. And speaking of missed cuts, Pieters has done just that in the 2 starts he has had here at the Masters. He has joined LIV and has yet to finish inside the Top 15.

Harman also missed the cut at the Masters last year but finished 44th in 2018 in his previous start here. We don’t think Harman will be setting a scorecard ablaze, but he will be able to play strong enough to out-duel the struggling Pieters.

Tyrell Hatton OVER Justin Rose (-110 Fanduel)

Justin Rose finished 7th here in 2021, but that was his best finish here in 5 years. He missed the cut in 2019 and 2022. He missed the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March but did get a 36th-place finish.

He faces Hatton, who has only missed the cut once in his last 5 starts here in Augusta. This play, like the rest, is based on us fading the play of Rose more than backing Hatton.

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Top 40: Cameron Champ

Best Available Odds: +150 at BetRivers

It is no secret that Cameron Champ has been on the struggle bus this season. He has only made 2 cuts in his 11 starts. His best finish was back in October when he finished 8th in the ZOZO Championship.

That all being said, he has a strong history here at Augusta. Champ has finishes of 19th, 26th, and 10th in his 3 starts here at the Masters. To record a Top 40 here should not be that difficult of a task for Champ as he looks to get into the grove for the season’s major stretch.

Top 40: Kevin Na

Best Available Odds: +145 at FanDuel

Kevin Na is one of the former Tour players that is now on the LIV Golf roster. In his 3 events this season, Na has finished 22nd, 6th, and 20th. Here at the Masters, Na has had some strong finishes over the past 3 years.

In 2019 he finished 46th but has since finished 13th, 12th, and 14th last year. Na will be looking to carry the LIV flag once again on a deep run here in Augusta.

Top 30: Hideki Matsuyama

Best Available Odds: -150 at Unibet

Hideki is coming off a 15th-place finish at the Valero Texas Open. Prior to that, he finished 5th at the Players. Matsuyama has been great in Par 5 scoring on the season and ranks 17th on Tour, and his scrambling has been just as good, and he ranks 18th there.

He has finished inside the Top 40 in 4 of his last 5 starts here at Augusta. He won the tournament outright in 2021 and finished 14th in his latest start here in 2022. Matsuyama has the type of game to win here, but all we will need is a Top 30 on a juicy number.

Top 30: Shane Lowry

Best Available Odds: -105 at FanDuel

Lowry has not played on Tour since the Players Championship back in March, where he finished tied for 35th. He came back from 5 over 1st round and finished 9 under through the final 3 days of the tournament. Like Hideki, Lowry has been strong on Par 5, scoring and ranking 29th.

He has also been at the top on Tour among strokes gained on approach shots. He is 24th in that statistical category, and with 3 straight years inside the Top 25, we like Lowry to continue his strong play at Augusta.

Top 30: Tommy Fleetwood

Best Available Odds: -135 at DraftKings

25th on strokes gained on approaches and 14th on Par 5 scoring average is just 2 of the reasons we like Fleetwood to grab a Top 30 here. He was great in his last start at the Valspar and finished 3rd. At the Players, he grabbed a 27th-place finish and looks primed to be in contention this weekend.

He finished in 14th last year at Augusta and has 2 other finishes inside the Top 20 in the previous 4 years. Tommy is the one we are not extremely confident in but should cash in nonetheless.

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