The Masters is underway, and Don Best’s Joe D’Amico picks out his players to follow…
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Have you ever noticed a golf course is the same color as money? Want to know why? Because there is money to be made betting on golf.
One of the four major championships in professional golf, The Masters has come a long way since established in 1934.
The 2020 Masters purse is approximately $11.5 million, with the winner's share coming in at $2,070,000. The field is headed by defending champion Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau. The event is held in Augusta, Georgia. The game’s biggest championship is played at Augusta National Golf Club.
The Masters is one of the smallest fields on the PGA Tour to have a 36-hole cut. It has the smallest cut among the majors in terms of field size and total players to make the cut. The top 50 and ties make the 36-hole cut, meaning players who make the cut make a little more money as a share of the purse compared to normal PGA Tour events. Every player after 50th place earns prize money starting at approximately $28,290 for 51st place and going down to complete the weekend field. Those who miss the cut still get $10,000. Amateurs are not paid.
Tiger, Tiger burning bright. That’s right, the biggest name in golf is on the leaderboard, just three strokes back.
Tiger Woods is gunning to capture his sixth green jacket. The 15-time major champion shot 4-under 68 on Thursday for his lowest opening round at the Masters and his first bogey-free round in a major in 11 years.
Woods, three shots back of leader Paul Casey (-7), is currently 14-1 to win the championship, down from the 25-1 he closed at just prior to the tournament beginning and after being 50-1 earlier this week. Many sportsbooks are listing Woods as their biggest liability. If you recall, a William Hill bettor won $1.19 million on him last year from an $85,000 wager.
(Odds correct as of publish)
Listed below are the current odds to win the Masters:
Justin Thomas +450
Dustin Johnson 7-1
Xander Schauffele 10-1
Bryson DeChambeau 12-1
Jon Rahm 14-1
Tiger Woods 14-1
Paul Casey 18-1
Matthew Wolff 18-1
Webb Simpson 20-1
Adam Scott 20-1
Rory McIlroy 20-1
Hideki Matsuyama 25-1
Patrick Reed 25-1
Patrick Cantlay 25-1
Louis Oosthuizen 40-1
Tony Finau 40-1
Justin Rose 40-1
Cameron Champ 50-1
Tyrrell Hatton 50-1
Lee Westwood 50-1
Collin Morikawa 50-1
Brooks Koepka 50-1
Tommy Fleetwood 60-1
Jason Day 60-1
Dylan Frittelli 60-1
As of penning this column, there are 38 golfers on this star-studded leaderboard within five shots of one another. In my opinion, the way a few are playing along with the confidence factor, and an experience angle, I have four names for you that I feel will all be top finishers for sure.
Justin Thomas +450: Cool, calm, and collected. A great head for big events and has steadily improved in each Masters he’s participated.
Dustin Johnson 7-1: The world’s top-ranked golfer for a reason.
Xander Schauffele 10-1: This former Rookie of the Year is always near the top but has yet to get that big win. Playing his best golf right now.
Tiger Woods 14-1: The defending champ loves to prove naysayers wrong. He knows this course. He has won on this course. Of the entire field, the fiercest competitor.
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