In this Masters Golf Betting preview, we will scour the many side markets on offer this week at the best betting sites for value to find the best top-20 and 72-hole match up bets.
2021 Masters Tournament
April 8th to April 11th, 2021 at Augusta National
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Matt Kuchar to Be Suited by Augusta National Playing Fast and Dry
Matt Kuchar finishing third at the World Matchplay was an eye-catching surprise given how poorly he has played in recent months. We need to go back nearly a year for his last top 5 finish at the Genesis Invitational and only one other top 20 in the interim means Kuchar’s usual consistency has been lacking. Augusta National has always been suited to the forty-two-year-old from Florida who now resides in Georgia.
His plethora of form at the Masters Tournament, is mighty impressive with four top 10 finishes, three of which were in successive years of 2012, 2013 and 2014 when the conditions were tough. With this year’s conditions forecast seemingly the same and a solid event in Texas last week, we will take the safer option of a top 20 finish for the veteran.
Nobody Does It Better at Augusta Than Jordan Spieth
The first Saturday in February, Jordan Spieth’s world ranking was at an all-time low of 92 following one of the most hideous slumps in form I can ever remember from a top player, let alone a former World Number One as short a time ago as March 2016. Seemingly, caught in a riptide, Jordan Spieth, out of nowhere reminded golf fans around the world, that he was still dam good, with a 61 at the Phoenix Open that propelled him into the lead. He didn’t manage to convert into a tournament win but still, a finish of 4th was huge progress for the Texan.
To illustrate there was no fluke about his result at the Phoenix Open, Spieth has gone on to consolidate a position at the top of the betting market for the Masters with a string of consistent performances; 3rd Pebble Beach Pro-am, 4th Arnold Palmer Invitational and 9th at the Dell Technologies Matchplay. Last weekend Jordan Spieth put the icing on the cake by winning his beloved Texas Open to propel him close to favorite for this week’s Masters Tournament. Throughout his career, Spieth has shown a fundamental ability to back up big performances, winning back to back on three occasions and it may be prudent to have him as a saver bet this week (see tomorrow’s preview on SBR for advice).
We know that the 2015 Masters champion loves this week at Augusta, above all others as he stated, “I feel great about that golf course every time I play it,” Spieth said last week. “I love it. I find something new—a different angle, a different break. I learn more, and stuff just kind of sticks to me better around there because there’s more to think about. I think so much about the course on every shot … and you just get out of your own way—or I do.” (Schuster, 4/10/19).
Let’s not forgot for all Spieth has been through he is still only twenty-seven years old and the American Poster Boy must be close to re-establishing his credentials at the top of the sport with a win and why not this week. For betting purposes, his price has shrunk week on week but there is still value in taking him as the favorite versus Rory McIlroy with BetOnline at -120.
The Northern Irishman, has confidence problems himself now after a slump in form, albeit not as severe as Spieth’s were but his career is heading in the wrong direction at the moment with only two top 6 finishes in 2021 and no wins since the end of 2019. Since losing a couple of good opportunities early in his career to win the Masters, the event has become a bogey one in recent years when in stronger form than now.
2021 Masters Tournament 72-hole Match Bet: Jordan Spieth to beat Rory McIlroy at -120 with BetOnline
The Second-Year at Augusta Works a Charm for Scottie Scheffler
Twenty-four-year-old Texan, Scottie Scheffler made an impressive debut at Augusta National in November, finishing 19th. He has been a revelation on the PGA Tour without yet winning his first title. Scheffler was runner-up in both WGC events of 2021, the Concession and the Matchplay. There appears a correlation between the green size and their layout at the Concession golf course to reinforce my theory that Augusta National suits.
Scheffler is a winner of many Junior titles and two Korn Ferry Tour titles, so winning a PGA Tour title will happen sooner rather than later for Scheffler. Undoubtedly, Scottie Scheffler looks a future Masters champion but for betting purposes we will support him against Englishman Tyrrell Hatton who has never finished better than 44th in four attempts at Augusta National.
Masters Tournament 72-hole match up: Scottie Scheffler to beat Tyrrell Hatton at -140 with BetOnline
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.