5 (Masters) Bets to Make this Week
One of the most highly anticipated golf tournaments of the year, the Masters, is this weekend. Let’s take a look at some of the best bets for the weekend tournament.
With the Masters set to begin on Thursday, 5 Bets is going all-in with an Augusta National edition. Golf’s first major championship of the year is probably the most bet on golf tournament, and sportsbooks cater to that demand with a variety of straight, prop, and parlay bets.
We’ve picked five we like and include taking three favorites against the field, whether a hole-in-one will be made, and who the first-round leader will be.
5 Bets to Make this Week
- Scheffler, McIlroy, Rahm to win +220
- Jordan Spieth Top 10 +165
- Brooks Koepka Top 20 +120
- Cameron Smith first-round leader +3000
- No hole-in-one +150
There is no doubt that this will be a Masters to remember, especially with the PGA vs. LIV aspect to it this year. There should be drama and lots of intense competition.
Take a look at our selections below. Also check out our story HERE on who will contend and who will not.
Trio of Favorites
Not only have Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, and Jon Rahm been three of this PGA Tour season’s most successful and consistent golfers, but they also finished first, second and 27th, respectively, in last year’s Masters. These three have combined for six wins already on the Tour this season and all rank in the top-six of the FedEx Cup standings. This combination of success in last year’s Masters and recent success this season should give you every reason you need to take this bet, especially at odds like +220. In what essentially will be a PGA vs. LIV golf showdown, expect the faces of the PGA Tour to take this tournament very seriously and gun hard for a victory.
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Jordan Spieth Bounces Back
While Jordan Spieth failed to make the cut at last year’s Masters, he is on a run as of late that cannot be ignored. He’s catching fire and looking like he could return to his 2015 form, when he captured five wins and topped the FedEx Cup standings. Spieth has finished top-10 in three of his last five solo events and is looking to replicate that on the biggest stage. The bet of him to finish in the Top 10 at +165 is very solid value for an established golfer in such a good run of form.
Koepka Continues Hot Streak
Brooks Koepka will come into the Masters fresh off a win, which is more than a lot of participating golfers will be able to say. He was victorious at LIV Golf’s most recent tournament in Orlando, posting a -15 on the scorecard and edging out Sebastian Munoz by a single stroke. Koepka, like Spieth, did not make the cut at last year’s Masters but is entering the tournament hot. Aside from the recent victory, he ranks fifth in the LIV Golf individual standings for this current season. Also similar to Spieth, Koepka is a proven winner in the past who seems to be attempting to return to his former form. There is no better time to do so than at the Masters, and +120 just to place Top 20 is worth your while.
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Take Cameron Smith to Lead First Round
Cameron Smith is coming off a tremendous season on the PGA Tour last year, capturing three wins before bolting for the LIV Tour. On top of those three wins, Smith posted a third-place tie at the Masters where he remained at the top of the leaderboard throughout the entire weekend.
This was in large part due to a 68 in his first round, which was good for second place at the end of Thursday. He was oh-so-close to leading after the first round, just one stroke off the pace, and very well could make it happen this year. Smith’s odds at +3000 are so low due to a lackluster start to his LIV career, but his success (and specifically early-round success) at Augusta a year ago cannot be ignored.
No Ace at Augusta National
In the 88-year history of the Masters, there have been just 27 hole-in-ones recorded. There have already been two aces in practice rounds this week, and it is hard to believe there will be another during the official round this weekend. The fact that you can get +150 odds on this bet is a blessing, so don’t overthink it and just fire it in. A hole-in-one is very difficult and very rare.
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