Best Bets at The 2021 Masters
The best golfers in the world will converge on Augusta, Georgia for the 85th edition of The Masters this weekend. Dustin Johnson is the defending champion, and he is out to become the fourth person to repeat as champion. Johnson is the presumptive favorite due to his recent performances here, but Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, and others are all gunning for him.
Event: The Masters
Category: PGA Tour
Date: April 8-11, 2021
Location: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
2020: Dustin Johnson -20
2019: Tiger Woods -13
2018: Patrick Reed -15
2017: Sergio Garcia -9
2016: Danny Willett -5
We saw Dustin Johnson dominate at the November Masters. He was in a five-way tie for first after two rounds, but he put the competition in his rearview mirror on Saturday and Sunday. Johnson shot a 65 on Saturday to move to -16 and take a four-shot lead on three golfers, and his 68 on Sunday led to him posting a record score of 268.
Jordan Spieth is the only other previous winner to be considered a contender at this year’s Masters. Spieth shot a 270 to win the 2015 Masters by four strokes over Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose. He won the Valero Texas Open last week and has three other T4 finishes this year, so he is in good form.
This is the most iconic course in North America. While the other majors rotate between different courses, the Masters is always held at Augusta National Golf Club. Tickets for this event are harder to come by than any other event on the PGA Tour as there is a certain exclusivity about this course despite its humble surroundings.
The azaleas will be in bloom this time after being out of season at the November Masters. Every hole is named after a plant that is part of that hole, and that adds an aura of prestige to this event.
Value Play to Win the Tournament: Justin Thomas +1100
Thomas has been at his best at big events this season. He finished T8 at the US Open in September, and he came in fourth place at last year’s Masters. We saw him win The PLAYERS Championship last month, and he has also won two WGC events, the BMW Championship, and the PGA Championship over his career. Johnson has improved on his Masters performance each year he has been in the field since 2016.
Top 5 Prop: Brooks Koepka +600
There were rumors that Koepka would be out until the fall at the end of March, but Koepka is taking part in this event despite undergoing knee surgery a month ago. Koepka is notorious for being at his best at majors. He won the US Open in back-to-back years in 2017 and 2018, and he did the double with the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019. He had a brilliant 2019 where he finished runner-up at the Masters and US Open and T4 at the British Open in addition to his PGA Championship win, so he must be respected.