The Masters is essentially the Super Bowl of golf from a betting perspective with hundreds of golf props available. Today, we examine the top debutant odds at Augusta National ahead of Thursday’s first round.
There are 19 players competing in their first Masters Tournament this week at storied Augusta National. No debutant has won a green jacket since American Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. Zoeller won his only career Masters with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff with Ed Sneed and Tom Watson. Zoeller, then 27, was the first debutant to win the Masters since Gene Sarazen in 1935, which was only the second year of the existence of the tournament.
While I wouldn’t go betting on a debutant to win this week, Spanish youngster Jon Rahm is the +200 favorite on BetOnline golf odds to be the top finisher among those 19 first-timers. One of Rahm’s idols was legendary Spaniard and two-time Masters winner Seve Ballesteros. Sunday would be the late Hall of Famer’s 60th birthday. Rahm finished as the leading amateur in last year's U.S. Open before turning pro. He also made the cut in last year’s British Open.
The 22-year-old is ranked 12th in the world and already won on the PGA Tour this year, at the Farmers Insurance Open on the West Coast Swing. He also took world No. 1 Dustin Johnson to the 18th hole in the final of the WGC-Dell Match Play last month. Rahm’s agent and former coach at Arizona State is Phil Mickelson’s brother Tim. Rahm is +700 to be top European overall and +2500 to win.
Next on the golf odds is Englishman Tyrell Hatton at +500. He has Top 10s in the past two majors: fifth at last year’s British Open and 10th at the 2016 PGA Championship. Hatton, 25 has one career European Tour win, coming at the 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. This season on the PGA Tour, he ranks first in strokes gained putting and third in strokes gained total. He was recently T4 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Belgium’s Thomas Pieters is +650. The former University of Illinois player is a big-hitter who became known to most Americans at last year’s Ryder Cup, where Pieters had a 4-1 record against Team USA. On the PGA Tour, Pieters has played six events this year with a best result of T2 at the Genesis Open. No player from Belgium has won the Masters.
Next is Adam Hadwin at +750. He got into this tournament thanks to his first career PGA Tour win at the Valspar Championship in the Tampa Bay area last month. Hadwin got married not long after and originally planned to be on his honeymoon this week. But getting an invite to the Masters had him postponing that. Hadwin is one of three Canadians in the field, the most since the late 1960s. The only Canadian Masters champion was lefty Mike Weir – the first lefty Masters winner – in 2003. Weir is playing this week as well.
The favorites are rounded out by Tommy Fleetwood at +800. He took in the Masters as a fan three years ago. The Englishman generally plays on the European Tour. He was second in early March to Johnson at the WGC-Mexico Championship. On the European Tour, Fleetwood won against a stellar field at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January. Johnson was second.Free Golf Pick: Pieters At +650Best Line Offered: BetOnline
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