oddschecker has a look at how the Masters betting odds market is shaping up ahead of the first major on the golf calendar in April.
There are currently 98 players invited to the Masters in 2022, but that does include 14 past champions over the age of 50 who are not expected to compete.
Meanwhile, it is still unclear whether five-time champion Tiger Woods (best price 60/1) will be fit enough to play, even considering his positive showing at December’s PNC Championship with son Charlie.
For context, 88 players teed it up at the 2021 Masters, with 54 making it through to the weekend. The tournament was won by Hideki Matsuyama, who became the first Japanese male golfer to win a major championship and the first Asian-born golfer to win the Masters.
Who are the current favourites in the Masters betting odds market?
Reigning Open Champion Collin Morikawa is 12/1, matched by 2015 Masters Champion Jordan Spieth (12/1), while both 2020 Masters Champion Dustin Johnson and current world number five Justin Thomas are at 14/1.
Rory McIlroy is also 14/1, with reigning Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama just a shade outside the top 10 in the betting at a best price of 28/1.
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Why so many invites already?
There are several qualification routes for the Masters. Most famously, previous recipients of the Green Jacket get a lifetime invite back (which explains the number of over 50’s who no longer compete), while winners of the other three majors (US Open, The Open and US PGA) receive a five-year exemption and those who win The Players at Sawgrass get a three-year guaranteed invite.
Those who finish inside the top-12 and ties at last year’s Masters get to return the following year, as well as those who finish in a share of fourth or better in last year’s other golf majors. The other previous year performance reward is that all winners of PGA Tour events from April 2021 onwards and the 30 players who reached the season-ending Tour Championship all receive an invite.
There are also six spots available via amateur competitions, providing the players don't go professional before heading to Augusta, with both US Amateur finalists joined by the winners of The Amateur Championship, Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, Latin America Amateur Championship and the US Mid-Amateur Championship.
What’s still left to decide?
The 98-strong entry list is not yet final, because players not currently with an invite can still secure qualification over the next few months, although they will need to either win a PGA Tour event by April 5th or rank inside the world's top 50 the week before The Masters.
For example, Russell Henley failed to guarantee his Masters spot by losing out in a playoff to Matsuyama at the Sony Open, but did jump from 56 to 40 in the World Rankings - a top-50 position he now needs to maintain until the April cut-off date.
Which players currently have an invite?
Abraham Ancer, Daniel Berger, Christiaan Bezuidenhout. Sam Burns, Patrick Cantlay, Paul Casey, Cameron Champ, Stewart Cink, Corey Connors, Fred Couples, Cam Davis, Bryson DeChambeau, Harris English, Tony Finau, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Lucas Glover, Talor Gooch, *Austin Greaser, *Stewart Hagestad, Brian Harman, Padraig Harrington, Tyrrell Hatton, Lucas Herbert, Garrick Higgo, Harry Higgs, Max Homa, Billy Horschel, Viktor Hovland, Mackenzie Hughes, Sungjae Im, Trevor Immelman, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Takumi Kanaya, Si Woo Kim, Kevin Kisner, Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Bernhard Langer, K.H. Lee, Min Woo Lee, Marc Leishman, Shane Lowry, Sandy Lyle, Robert MacIntyre, Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Guido Migliozzi, Larry Mize, Francesco Molinari, Collin Morikawa, Kevin Na, *Keita Nakajima, Joaquin Niemann, Jose Maria Olazabal, Louis Oosthuizen, Ryan Palmer, *James Piot, Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler, Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, *Laird Shepher, Webb Simpson, Vijay Singh, Cameron Smith, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Erik van Rooyen, Bubba Watson, Mike Weir, Lee Westwood, Danny Willett, Matthew Wolff, Gary Woodland, Tiger Woods, Ian Woosnam, and Will Zalatoris.
Who’s still waiting on the outside?
Former world No 1 Jason Day, who has twice finished inside the top three at Augusta, is probably the most notable omission from the current Masters betting odds market. Others to highlight would be two-time major champion Martin Kaymer, 2018 Masters runner-up Rickie Fowler and former US PGA champion Keegan Bradley.
Unfortunately, European Ryder Cup exploits is not on the invite criteria, with Medinah hero Kaymer joined on the ‘waiting list’ by ‘Postman’ Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and Thomas Pieters.
When is the Masters 2022?
There will be round-the-clock coverage on Sky Sports' dedicated Masters channel from April 4-10, but the four days of action start on the 7th with the eventual winner donning the Green Jacket on Sunday 10th April.
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