As the ball dropped into the cup, Corey Conners already had his fist raised in triumph. Draining the 21-foot put on the 18th green didn’t win Conners the green jacket, but it was still worth celebration.
With the birdie put, the Canadian clinched another top-10 finish at Augusta, finishing tied for sixth at the 2022 Masters Tournament. Cashing solid plus money for Conners top-10 bettors, the 30-year-old once again outperformed his odds and world ranking at golf’s biggest tournament.
It’s about time we take note of Conners’ prowess at the Masters. From here on out, he is a must-bet at Augusta.
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Conners Rises To The Masters Moment
|Pre-Tournament World Ranking
Data as of April 13, 2022
The green jacket must just get Conners’ blood pumping. The righty has consistently outperformed his world ranking in Georgia and always posts one of his best scores of the season at the Masters. In 2021, a year with two Masters tournaments due to COVID-19, two of Conners’ seven top-10 finishes came at Augusta.
For a guy who’s clearly established himself as a Masters expert, you could’ve gotten +400 odds for Conners to crack the top 10 at Augusta this year. Maybe the odds were low because, ahead of the 2022 Masters, he was missing cuts and hadn’t posted a top-10 finish in a PGA Tour event this year. But at Augusta, naturally, he figured it out. Why? Because he’s built for the course.
Approach Play Key At The Masters
It’s not some huge revelation that strong iron play is a prerequisite for a good PGA Tour golf game. But at the Masters, it’s even more crucial. From 2015 to 2021, five of the seven Masters champions finished in the top five in strokes gained on approach.
Conners has already established himself as one of the best iron players on the tour, ranking within the top three in ball striking, and his approach game is his strongest asset. He is fifth on tour in hitting greens in regulation from 100 or more yards out and his 1.6 strokes gained on approach is the best of any aspect of his game, beating out driving accuracy, distance and putting.
Augusta is renowned as a “second shot” course, and there are few better at that shot than Conners.
Conners’ Shot Shape Built For Augusta
Conners played Augusta for the first time in 2015, as an amateur. After just two rounds (and a missed cut), he already knew he was built for the course.
“I think it’s a place I can play pretty well,” Conners said ahead of the 2019 event. “I’m pretty comfortable turning the ball right to left, and that’s, I think, pretty important out there – the predominant shot shape that you need.”
Eleven of the 18 holes at Augusta require a right-to-left shot shape off the tee, per GolfMagic, and Conners’ shot fits that description to a tee. It’s why we’ve seen lefties succeed at an above-average rate at the Masters, nailing that cut shot to hit fairways. While many righties struggle with the required draw to match that lefty cut, Conners has it down.
Obviously, he still has to be on his game to crack the top 10 at a difficult tournament like the Masters, but when he is, his ceiling is as high as anyone on the tour.
How To Bet On Masters Futures
You can lock in your Masters bets almost year-round. You don’t have to wait until the week before to bet on Conners or any other golfer. To find the best Masters futures, check out our Best Golf Betting Sites, where odds will look something like this:
Dustin Johnson +1000
Cameron Smith +1250
Scottie Scheffler +1500
Justin Thomas +1800
Collin Morikawa +2000
Corey Conners +2500
With these odds, Dustin Johnson is the favorite at +1000 odds. A $100 bet on DJ to win the tournament would pay out $1,100—your $100 back plus $1,000 in profit. A $100 bet on the underdog Corey Conners would pay out $2,600. Use Odds Shark’s betting odds calculator to calculate your future winnings for all bets.