Golf Picks for the Masters Tournament: Proposition Betting Guide

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 12:33 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2015 12:33 PM UTC

Below we will review three Masters proposition odds to see which props are worth the wager and adding to our golfing picks at this year's green jacket event.

First Round Leader Betting Odds
Who else but Rory McIlroy would be slated as the Masters betting odds favorite to be atop the leader board after the first round of play? At betting odds of +900 he would seem as logical a candidate as any to lead the pack in Augusta not only after the opening round but when the green jacket ceremony commences three days later. But there are so many other choices and it's just so square to play the chalk isn't it?

Thank God the Masters oddsmakers give us plenty of opportunities to pick an investment with a far more healthy return. Of course you could make a case for Bubba Watson at a less chalky +1000 from William Hill Sportsbook considering the defending champ and twice crowned Masters king was tied for second after last year's opening round.  It's not like good ol' Bubba isn't a pacesetter from the onset and thus a solid choice to cash this wager.

Yet perhaps we should look more closely at 2014 and take a gander at the 2011 FedEx Cup champ Bill Haas (+9000) who was tied for first place after last year's opening round with South African Louis Oosthuizen (+2800). But though all these choices are indeed tempting we shall turn our attention to USA's own Jimmy Walker at Masters betting odds of +2800.

Walker trailed by only two strokes after the opening round last year in Augusta and has been playing marvelous golf thus far in 2015 with wins at the Sony Open in Hawaii by nine strokes and another victory pocketed last weekend at the Valero Texas Open. Jimmy Walker looks dy-no-mite headed into Augusta and should be a contender early.

Golf Prop Pick: Jimmy Walker at +2800.                                                              

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Top Senior Betting Odds
In the battle of the grandpas we've got a far thinner herd of 11 choices with which to cast our fortunes. Freddy Couples, at the tender age of 55, is the betting odds favorite at +187 to win the battle of the walkers. However, let's not forget about that young upstart 51-year-old Miguel Angel Jiminez who could make noise at +200. Jiminez shot 17 under par in January when he edged Mark O'Meara as the winner of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hualalai.

But can we do better than 2-1 if we are to take the plunge here? Which veteran golfer could set up shop at Augusta, channel the might and fury of his youth and turn the golf world on its ear? The answer - not one of these old bastards but one of them just might stay at a Holiday Inn the night before and truly believe he's 26 all over again.

But of course I jest yet I am not kidding about the distinct possibility that Tom Watson could surprise and beat his younger competition. Watson is certainly familiar with Augusta and at Masters odds of +5000 we could do much worse with our sports picks than betting that this gray beard defeats this narrow field of contenders.

Golf Prop Pick: Tom Watson +5000 at a Top-Rated Sportsbook


Will There be an Albatross?
Ah, the feat is so rare that the casual fan doesn't even know it is code for double eagle. Can we envision a par five where someone, somewhere launches a rocket that splits the fairway and lands gently on a soft tuft with the big green dish just a chip away? The scorching drive is merely the opening act because the encore is even more difficult to execute. That same golfer with the gorilla drive must gently chip on to the green with such care and precision that the ball will lightly touch down on the emerald plane and follow a path to the womb like salmon swimming upstream to spawn. Can this happen? Yes of course it can because we have a collection of the greatest golfers on the planet at one of the finest courses ever created! But will it happen?! I don't know but at Masters betting odds of +1600 I am willing to believe!

Golf Prop Pick: Yes +1600

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