It’s time for the most anticipated week on a golf bettor’s calendar: Masters Week. The prestigious event took place in November for the first time in its history in 2020 but now returns to its usual April placement in the schedule.
Dustin Johnson, who’s set as the +900 favorite at Sportsbook, returns to Augusta National after winning his first green jacket at the November edition of the event. Now just five months after securing his second major championship, Johnson will try to become the first back-to-back Sportsbook of the event since Tiger Woods did it in 2001-02.
If you want to see the full list of odds to win the 2021 Masters, check out our odds page. Also, if you are unfamiliar with betting on golf, we have a How to Bet on the Masters guide to help get you in the action.
Who will win the 2021 Masters?
Who will win the 2021 edition of the Masters? Let’s take a look at a few of the options near the top of the oddsboard.
Can Dustin Johnson (+900) repeat as champion?
As mentioned, if Dustin Johnson can win the event for the second time in five months, he’ll become the first person to go back to back at Augusta National since Tiger Woods in the early 2000s.
Is he worth a bet? I don’t think so.
The Augusta National that we saw in November was a shadow of its usual self. With rainy and cold conditions combined with the overseeding of the greens that was necessary to have the course in decent playing condition in November, a lot of the factors that usually make Augusta National a tough course to play were negated.
The greens were much softer, which allowed good iron players to stick their shots at will. This caused the scoring record at the Masters to be absolutely smashed and it gave an advantage to golfers like Dustin Johnson who are fantastic iron players but struggle with their putting.
This time around, we’ll see an Augusta National play much closer to what we’re used to seeing. That means treacherous greens that will cause headaches for even the best iron players in the world. Firmer greens means putting on them will be a nightmare. DJ enters the Masters ranking 148th in strokes gained: putting, which is a near death sentence for anyone who wants to be in contention for a green jacket. Stay away from Dustin Johnson this week.
Jordan Spieth (+1100) back to his winning ways
Fan favorite Jordan Spieth is back to his winning ways after capturing last week’s Valero Texas Open. After four years of less than stellar play, Spieth has slowly returned to form over the past two months, culminating in last week’s win, his first since the 2017 British Open.
Now that he’s seemingly back to the stellar form he was in early in his career, Spieth has shot up the oddsboard all the way to +1100 to win his second green jacket.
It’s not just his recent success that has led him to be one of the favorites at the Masters this week. Nobody has dominated Augusta National quite like Spieth has so far in his early career. Heading into this week, Spieth leads the entire field in average strokes gained per round at Augusta at +2.9. The next-closest is Jon Rahm at +2.71.
Rory McIlroy (+1800) can Complete the Career Grand Slam with a Win
With as much success as Rory McIlroy has achieved in his golf career, there’s one thing that’s missing on his list of accomplishments and that is a win at the Masters. With a win at the British Open, the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open, McIlroy is a green jacket away from completing the career Grand Slam, which has been achieved by only five other golfers in the history of the sport.
Unfortunately for Rory, he’s hit one of the worst lulls of his career. He’s missed the cut in two of his last four starts, including the Players Championship last month. McIlroy has admitted that he’s tried to make some changes to his swing that have not worked out and now he finds himself struggling with the mental aspect of his game as well.
Although his price is tempting at +1800, McIlroy hasn’t shown any indications that his game is strong enough to complete the Grand Slam this season.
Picks to win the 2021 Masters
Now that we’ve taken a look at a few of the top names on the oddsboard to win the Masters, let’s get to my picks. In order to please all types of bettors, I’ll dive into my best bet, my top value pick, a dark horse I like, and finally a super long-shot pick for those of you who like to live dangerously.
Best Bet to win the 2021 Masters
As I mentioned earlier, Jordan Spieth will enter the 2021 Masters with the highest average strokes gained per round on the field at Augusta. Second on that list? Jon Rahm.
Jon Rahm +1200
Rahm, who has yet to win at the Masters, has had a lot of success in his four career starts at Augusta. He started off with a T-27 finish in his debut in 2017 and has since finished in the top 10 in three straight seasons, including a T-7 in 2020.
Not only that, but eight of the last nine Sportsbooks at the Masters have been in the top 10 in strokes gained: tee-to-green heading into Masters Week and Rahm finds himself second in that statistic this week.
Finally, there’s an old adage in golf that you should always bet on a golfer in his first start after having a child. While that may seem arbitrary, it may have some merit when you consider the mental aspect of the sport.
Golfers will talk about how they swing more freely directly after having a child because winning the event or playing well is usually at the back of their mind. Rahm welcomed his first-born into the world just last week so if you believe in that line of thinking, that’s another advantage to give to the Spaniard.
Top Value Pick to win the 2021 Masters
A recent missed cut at the Players Championship has caused Xander Schauffele’s price to win the Masters to drop but there’s still a ton of things to like about his chances to win the green jacket this week.
Xander Schauffele +2200
First of all, if we look past the rough outing at the Players, Xander has had a fantastic 2020-21 season. While not yet managing to grab a win, Schauffele has five top-five finishes, including three second-place finishes. He also had a solid outing at the November edition of the Masters, securing a T-17 finish. That wasn’t the first time he played well at Augusta as he finished T-2 behind Tiger Woods the last time the event was played in April.
When looking at the magical stat of strokes gained: tee-to-green, which seems to be the best predictor of success at Augusta National, Schauffele ranks just outside the top 10 at 14th. He’s also one of the best putters on the tour as he enters the week ranked ninth in strokes gained: putting. I think he’s a great value play at +2200.
Top Dark-Horse Pick to win the 2021 Masters
One of the best things to look for when deciding who to bet on to win a golf tournament is recent form. Betting on a golfer just as they’re hitting a peak in their game will always result in profit.
Sung-Jae Im +4000
When looking at Sung-Jae Im’s recent results, we may be looking at exactly that situation. His last four starts have ended with finishes of T-28, T-21, T-17 and T-8. A steady improvement week after week may just indicate that the South Korean is peaking at the perfect time.
Im also had about as good a debut at the Masters in 2020 as he could have hoped for, finishing T-2 behind Sportsbook Dustin Johnson.
With Augusta National being known as a “ball striker’s course,” Im’s style of play fits the course to perfection. He enters the week ranked tied for 13th in ball striking and 30th in strokes gained: putting, which has been a weak point in the early part of his career. He’s a great bet at his current price tag of 40/1.
Top Long-Shot Pick to win the 2021 Masters
Only four Sportsbooks of the Masters since 1985 have had odds at 100/1 or higher but if you think there may be a fifth this year, Brian Harman might be your guy.
Brian Harman +10000
First of all, Harman has been in great form recently. He finished T-3 at the Players Championship in March and T-8 at the American Express in January and hasn’t missed the cut since the RSM Classic back in November 2020.
Harman also has an advantage that only three other golfers in the entire field have this week: he’s left-handed. There’s a generally held belief among golfers that Augusta National favors left-handed golfers as the handful of right-to-left doglegs favor a lefty’s swing over a right-handed golfer who would have to draw his tee shot rather than hit a much easier fade.
Previous Sportsbooks of the tournament also support this claim as a left-handed golfer has won the event six times since 2003 – Phil Mickelson three times, Bubba Watson twice and Mike Weir once.
If you don’t want to risk betting on Harman to win it all, you can instead take him to finish in the top 20 at an intriguing price of +200.