The Masters Best Prop Bets: Will Patrick Cantlay Win His First Major?
Best Prop Bets for The Masters (2022)
The 2022 Masters are now just hours away, as Tiger Woods recently announced he will be teeing it up Thursday and will surely be the focus of the public attention. For those looking for betting value, however, we look elsewhere as there is plenty to be had for those willing to dig deep. From head-to-head matchups, bets on players making/missing the cut, top 40/20/10s, there’s no shortage of prop betters to get down for this year’s first major.
Let’s take a closer look at two such spots I have my eye on, as I’ve parsed through the noise for two Masters prop bets I’m dialed in on as the first tee-off approaches on Thursday morning at Augusta.
Masters Top 20: Patrick Cantlay (-115) (Bet $115 to Win $100)
The reigning 2021 PGA Tour Player of the Year enters his first major of the season looking to build on the insane momentum he picked up last season. Picking up four wins last year, Cantlay is looking for his first in 2021-22 and he’s been in the hunt on more than one occasion. With his best finish coming at the Waste Management (T2), Cantlay also turned in a T4 at Pebble Beach and two other top 10s in his seven total events played.
One of the most dialed-in players on the planet over the past 12 months, Cantlay ranks inside the top 20 in metrics nearly across the board. Coming into the week, Cantlay is inside the top 20 of all Tour players in Overall Putting Average (#3), SG Off-the-Tee (#19), SG: Around-the-Green (#16), and SG: Total (#15).
While he missed the cut here last year, which he immediately followed by his historic run over the remainder of the season, Cantlay does have success in year’s priors. In 2020 and 2019, Cantlay turned in a T17 and T9, respectively, and was hovering near the top of the leaderboard on both Sunday mornings. In fact, in 2019, Cantlay turned in a tournament-best 64 on Saturday, before a few missed putts on Sunday derailed his shot at the Green Jacket.
Still, in search of his first major, it’s just a matter of time before Cantlay is at least in contention come a late Sunday afternoon, and following the best 18 month run of his career, this Sunday at Augusta wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest.
Masters Tournament Matchup Odds: Sam Burns (-160) vs. Bryson DeChambeau (Bet $160 to Win $100)
Reportedly told by multiple doctors that he shouldn’t be teeing it up this week, Bryson DeChambeau fresh from multiple injuries and his Saudi Tour debacle will nevertheless give it a go Thursday. Speaking of those injuries, which at least in part from a fall he had playing ping pong while in Saudi, they don’t sound to be minor.
In addition to a tear in his labrum (hip), DeChambeau is also suffering from a hairline fracture on his left hand, both of which could get worse at a moment’s notice while on the course this week. If his two recent goes of it with the injuries, which include a T58 and missed cut, are any indication, DeChambeau could be in real trouble to make the cut this week.
And then there’s Sam Burns. While many will draw on the struggles of first-time players to compete here at Augusta, I think we see Burns break that narrative. Coming into the week, Burns has won three tournaments in the past 11 months, reaching as high as the #10 player in the OWGR. To start the 2021-22 season, Burns has 9 top 20s and six top 10s in just 12 events played, week in and week out in the hunt come the weekend.
Top 15 on Tour in SG: Approach (.724) and SG: Tee-to-Green (1.098), Burns has quietly turned into one of the most consistent golfers in the field each and every week. While he might not yet have major success, it’s just a matter of time before the 25-year-old is in the hunt come a Sunday afternoon, and I see no better week than this against a player in DeChambeau who is a shell of his normal (elite) self.
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