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Masters Odds: 2022 Masters Course Preview, Past Winners, and Predictions

We are now less than a week away until the start of the first of four majors throughout the year, The Masters. Johnny Covers takes a closer look at The Masters course, its past winners, and makes predictions for the first major of the season.
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Masters Odds: 2022 Masters Course Preview, Past Winners, and Predictions

We are now less than a week away until the start of the first of four majors throughout the year, The Masters. Truly a tradition unlike any other, The Masters is the most coveted of all the majors, and the only to be held in the same location every year since its inception in 1934. 

Seemingly still growing in popularity, the introduction of sports betting in a plethora of states has brought the coverage (and betting options) to a whole new level as of late. Streamed throughout the week on ESPN and ESPN+, CBS gets the weekend rights with coverage spanning both Saturday and Sunday.

While the early part of the week will be all about whether or not Tiger Woods will be teeing it up, there’s a handful of other big names that aren’t very concerned. Let’s take a closer look at this year’s edition and key in on a few guys I think can bring home the Green Jacket.

Past Winners of The Masters

  • 2021: Hideki Matsuyama
  • 2020: Dustin Johnson
  • 2019: Tiger Woods
  • 2018: Patrick Reed
  • 2017: Sergio Garcia

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Course Preview: Augusta National Golf Club

Where to even begin.

Already considered one of the most difficult golf courses in the world, the Augusta grounds team is constantly making alterations to the course to make it harder and harder seemingly every year. Originally designed by Bobby Jones and Alistair Mackenzie, the course comes in at Par 72 7,475 yards. Formerly a plant nursery, every hole is named after the tree/shrub it has become associated with. 

Featuring bentgrass greens and ryegrass fairways, the bunkers are not filled with traditional sand but instead granulated quartz. Constantly undergoing minor but meticulous changes, there are a few iconic holes that present golfers with problems each and every year. 

Amen Corner, which is the second shot on the 11th hole, the 12th, and the first two shots of the 13th are amongst the most iconic in golf and also amongst the most difficult shots these guys will face all year. Because of the long Par 4s, iron play is often considered critical for success here. 

With its tree-lined fairways, driving accuracy is also a metric we’ll be looking at heavily. But as always in majors, putting is where the winner of this event will undoubtedly excel the most. 

Relevant Betting Course Metrics

  • SG: Driving Accuracy
  • SG: Putting on Bent Grass
  • Scoring Par 4s 450-500

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Outright Picks Jon Rahm (+950) (Bet $100 to Win $950)

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When Scottie Scheffler won last week’s WGC-Dell Match Play event, he also knocked off Rahm’s OWGR #1 status. But Rahm is still the favorite here for very good reason. 

Finishing T8 or better in all four 2021 majors, including his first major win at the US Open (Torrey Pines) and a T3 at the British, Rahm has turned into a major hunter at just 27 years of age. And then there’s his track record here at Augusta. Finishing T27 or better in all five of his starts, Rahm has a finished T9 or higher in four straight appearances since his rookie debut in 2017.

Despite no wins so far this year, Rahm has made every cut he’s started and comes into this week with six top 20s and four top 10s. While the odds might be short for a guy who hasn’t won since last season, Rahm’s recent history shows majors are what he really get’s out of bed for. 

Look for the Spaniard to be in contention come Sunday morning and if his putter is dropping mid-range putts, it will likely be his tournament to lose. 

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 Justin Thomas (+1400) (Bet $100 to Win $1400)

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A little further down the odds board is Justin Thomas, who also has had his fair share of success at Augusta. Looking back over his past five starts here, Thomas has finished no less than T22, with his best result coming in 2020 (T4).

Coming back into this week, Thomas is ball-striking with the best of them on Tour, currently top five in both SG: Approach (.903), SG: Tee-To-Green (1.757), and SG: Total (1.8). His birdie (5.22) and scoring (69.617) averages are also both good enough for the top 3 on Tour. 

Add in the fact that Thomas has a staggering six top 10s over his 10 events played this season (made every cut), and Thomas’ recent performances combined with Augusta history make him a very real threat to win this year’s edition outright.

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Johnny has been covering the sports betting markets and handicapping games for the better part of the past decade. Along the way, he has written for publications such as All-In Magazine, Blitz Predict, FantasyPros, Betting Pros, Sportsbook Review, and most recently, OddsChecker. In addition to giving out picks on Twitter, Johnny is the host of the podcast The Daily Sports Bet -- a 10 minute or less listen with actionable insights and no fluff or BS. Starting the podcast in June, he closed out 2021 up 26 units with a winning percentage of 55%.


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