Sports bettors are greatly influenced by what they’ve seen most recently. Betting on golf can be a very profitable endeavour, but it can also be a frustrating one. At the end of the day, it’s all about picking your spots.
When it comes to the 2017 edition of the Masters, starry names like Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are topping odds lists. It’s not that much of a surprise that world No. 1 Dustin Johnson has been bet down to an 11-2 Masters favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. World No. 2 Rory McIlroy is 7-1 along with 2015 Masters champ Jordan Spieth (8-1) as the only other golfers at single-digit odds. World No. 3 Jason Day is next at 15-1 and is mostly followed by past major winners as bettors certainly feel more comfortable backing those that have been there and done that. Aside the big names there’s plenty of sleeper value in the tournament if you dig deep.
From a pure risk-reward standpoint, going with the favorites generally doesn’t offer the best return on investment. And given how unpredictable golf generally is at the Majors, that’s all the more true.
The Masters is unique for many reasons. Unarguably the biggest spectacle on the golfing calendar, the event is the only one on the PGA Tour that features the same venue every year. That means golfers who consistently perform decently at the unforgiving confines of Augusta National are an attractive pick, while players with less appealing records should be fade material since they’ve proven they’ll never be able to master it.
The Masters also features a much smaller field than most PGA tournaments, meaning those long shots may not be as long as you thought due to the lesser number of participants. The typical PGA event hosts 150 players, but only 100 travel to Augusta. It’s also the only tournament where champions earn a lifetime invitation, which means some of the field is playing there for nostalgia’s sake.
With the Masters taking place this week at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, it’s time to review the field and the odds, seeking a smart pick to put your faith behind this weekend.
If you are ready to take part in the action here are some of the odds for this event. Dustin Johnson is the current betting favorite at 5-1.
One notable exception is rookie Jon Rahm at 20-1, though he fits the “recent form” category with one victory, two seconds and nine top 10s in just 17 PGA starts, plus taking Johnson to the final hole of match play in the World Golf Championships two weekends ago. He’s being lauded as the sport’s next superstar, but all the value has been sucked out of his odds. Sign up at Heritagesports for the best odds on the Masters tournament.