Hello, friends. The 2019 Masters tournament is here. Let’s take a look at the odds, favorites, longshots and our betting picks for the tradition, which is unlike any other.
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Here are the 2019 Masters Outright Betting Odds at leading NJ online sportsbooks:
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Let’s take a deeper look at the top 10 Masters favorites (best available odds listed):
Rory McIlroy +900
Why he will win: McIlroy is one of the hottest players on the planet right now, with a recent win at the Players Championship and a T4 at the Genesis Open in February. He has finished in the top 10 in the last four Masters, including a fourth place finish in 2015. He has four career majors; winning this one will give him the career Grand Slam. McIlroy really should win it this year.
Why he won’t win: The weight of expectation has buried him before, including but not limited to the wretched 80 he shot from the lead on Sunday in 2011.
Dustin Johnson +1200
Why he will win:: DJ’s game doesn’t really have a weakness. He beat McIlroy in Mexico in February. Johnson hits the ball for miles, which is crucial at Augusta in recent years as the course has been lengthened. He has finished in the top ten in the last three Masters. Johnson is a great player with a game well-suited to this golf course.
Why he won’t win: For all of his gifts, Johnson has only won one major. HHe has kicked away at least three others (2010 PGA Championship; 2010 U.S. Open; 2015 U.S. Open.) Augusta National is a thinking player’s course and, um, so maybe it’s not that, you know, suited to him.
Justin Rose +1200
Why he will win: Rose won the Farmers Insurance Open in January and was T8 at the Players. He has won a major (the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion) and has finished either second or tied for second twice in the last four Masters. Rose loves this golf course, and it loves him right back.
Why he won’t win: Like DJ, Rose has had a knack for being on the leaderboard at the majors on Sunday only to see someone else lift the trophy and claim the glory — see also his T2 at the Open Championship last year.
Tiger Woods +2000
Why he will win: Well, let’s see…he’s won this tournament four times already, he’s either the greatest or second-greatest player ever depending on how you feel about Jack Nicklaus, he has a couple of top-10 PGA tour finishes so far this season…and, like, he’s Tiger f*cking Woods. He’s also playing some of the best golf of his comeback right now, hitting the green in regulation 72% of the time of the last six weeks with 67% of his drives in the fairway.
Why he won’t win: I don’t know how to break this to you, but if the player currently walking around as Tiger Woods — same age, same results, same disappearing hairline, same balky putter — was named Joe Smith, these odds would be 40-1 or higher. This is certainly the major Tiger has the best chance of winning, but that’s only because he has nearly no shot at winning any of the others.
Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas +2000
Why one of them will win: Both of these players are elite ball strikers with tremendous all-around games. Thomas won the 2017 PGA Championship; Rahm finished fourth at last year’s Masters. Both are in their mid-20’s and are not particularly scared of anything.
Why they won’t win: Neither Rahm nor Thomas has a win in 2019. Rahm won the Hero World Challenge in December, but that field only had 18 players. Plus, Rahm has a temper problem, and that’s not a good thing to have on Augusta’s notoriously nasty greens. Thomas has the better claim right now, with one second-place and two third-place finishes on Tour this season. But Thomas has slapped it around the last two starts, the most recent one a 35th-place finish at the Players. Guys who need a month off before the Masters aren’t for me.
Rickie Fowler +2000
Why he will win: Fowler is considered one of the best putters in the world, which makes him a perennial favorite at Augusta. He was second here last year and has been in the top 12 four of the last five years. Fowler has all of the shots needed to win at Augusta, he’s long and he makes putts. One of these years, he really should win this tournament.
Why he won’t win: Fowler is also widely considered to be the current best player in the world never to have won a major. Here are his best finishes in each major: 2nd at the 2018 Masters, T2 at the 2014 U.S. Open, T2 at the 2014 Open Championship, T3 at the 2014 PGA Championship. When Fowler was a young gun, these were seen as growing pains. He’s 30 now, and there are a bunch of younger guys than him who have won one or more majors (Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed.) At some point, the monkey on your back becomes too heavy to carry. If you don’t believe me, ask Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter.
Francesco Molinari +2200
Why he will win: Molinari is the defending Open champion and won at Bay Hill just last month. He has become sneaky long and was always very accurate. Those are wonderful attributes at Augusta.
Why he won’t win: His record at this tournament is just not very good. His best finish was a T19 in 2012. He has missed the cut here twice. In his last 24 rounds at Augusta, he has broken 70 one time — a 69 in Round 1 in 2012. There are certain guys who just don’t like (or can’t figure out) Augusta, and Molinari seems to be one of them.
Jordan Spieth +2200
Why he will win: Spieth won this event in 2015 and has since finished in the top three twice more including his solo third last year. When he is right, Spieth is probably a better putter than even Fowler is, and he loves this golf course. At 26, Spieth has a comfort level at Augusta that many great players will never have.
Why he won’t win: I mean…what happened to Spieth on the 12th hole on Sunday in 2016 is the sort of thing some guys never fully come back from. To his credit, he won the Open Championship in 2017, even if he sort of had to cheat to do it. He is playing some of the worst golf of his career right, hitting only 56% of greens in regulation and 41% of fairways off the tee over the last six weeks. But he is slumping now, and the pressure of the Masters is generally not easy on guys who don’t know where it’s all gone wrong.
Brooke Koepka +3000
Why he will win: Koepka is fourth in the World Golf Ranking based largely on last season’s victories at the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. It would be disrespectful to say he can’t win this tournament.
Why he won’t win: There’s a reason why Koepka has won two U.S. Opens in a row and also a PGA Championship. Those tournaments call for you, above all else, to bash the ball far and straight, over and over again. And, especially at the U.S. Open, the battle is generally against par. In fact, Koepka won the U.S. Open last year with a total of one over par. The Masters rewards touch, guile and generally requires its winner to go low. Koepka’s best finish in this tournament in three tries was last season, when he finished T11 and only broke 70 once in four rounds. Not for me then.
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DraftKings Sportsbook is going all in with Masters prop betting. Options include finishing position props, group winners, scoring props, cut props, matchup bets, amateur/rookie/senior betting options, greens in regulation props, and hole in one props. You can even bet on which player will finish first by nationality. Grab Lucas Bjerregaard at -121 or Thorbjorn Olesen at -110 if you have a hunch about which of these golfers from Denmark will step up this week. Seriously. And, of course, DraftKings is also offering specific Tiger Woods specials, too.
|To make a triple bogey or worse||+500|
|To play in the final group in Round 4||+800|
|To score -10 or lower in the Tournament||+500|
|To score -5 or lower in the Tournament||+150|
|To record an eagle in round 1||+375|
|To record an eagle in Tournament||+100|
|To record 2+ eagles in Tournament||+450|
|To record an eagle on Hole 13 in Tournament||+220|
|Birdies in Tournament||15.5|
|Bogeys in Tournament||12.5|
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FanDuel is giving users a chance to predict this year’s winner without Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy in the mix. For instance, Justin Rose drops from +1200 at regular odds down to +900 with those two excluded. Users can also wager on which golfer will lead at the end of each round, along with region winners, group winners, and a full slate of Tiger Woods specials. Think Tiger can get through Round 1 bogey free? Grab it for +2000.
FanDuel has the best offer: you can get 100 to 1 odds on anyone to win The Masters.
Wild card pick: Bubba Watson +3300
Why he will win: Watson has won this tournament twice (2012, 2014) and finished T5 last year. It’s boom or bust for Bubba; he either goes low at Augusta or he plays himself into the bottom half of those who make the cut (T62 in 2017, for example.) He also has two top-4 finishes on Tour this season, so his game is in reasonably good shape coming into this one.
Why he won’t win: Did you know Bubba is 40? I didn’t. And, um, that’s a problem.
Kyle’s pick: Matt Kuchar +3300
Kuchar will make for a fun narrative street story coming off his tipping “scandal.” He’s also playing exceedingly good golf right now, hitting 79% of greens in regulation of the last six weeks, and 69% of fairways off the tee over that time. At long odds, Kuchar is worth a play.
Masters betting picks
Phil: Rory McIlroy +900
Jason: Tiger Woods +2000
Kyle: Tiger Woods +2000
Kevin: The field
Craig: Tiger Woods +2000
Get the Green Jacket ready.