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Ahh, yes! Masters week. The most wonderful time of the year! The easiest tournament of the year to handicap for layman and an absolute layup for the all-seeing, all-knowing Golfstradamus!

This week, the weather in Augusta looks a little rough, which means there will be a shake up on the leader board and scores in the low single digits. No one will run away with this one. With that being said, the disparity between the favorites and the also-rans gets a bit more confusing.

Have no fear, friends and degenerate wagerers! I’m can help — but only if you listen up and take my advice. Get your pencils ready:

The Masters
Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia
April 6 – 9, 2017

ODDS to Win:
Jason Day 15/1
Jordan Spieth 7/1
Rory McIlroy 7/1
Dustin Johnson 11/2
Bubba Watson 40/1
Adam Scott 30/1
Henrik Stenson 30/1
Rickie Fowler 20/1
Justin Rose 20/1
Phil Mickelson 25/1
Hideki Matsuyama 20/1
Branden Grace 100/1
Brooks Koepka 60/1
Danny Willett 125/1
Louis Oosthuizen 50/1
Brandt Snedeker 50/1
Patrick Reed 60/1
Sergio Garcia 30/1
Zach Johnson 100/1
Tiger Woods WD
Charl Schwartzel 80/1
Paul Casey 40/1
Matt Kuchar 50/1
Jim Furyk 150/1
Jimmy Walker 80/1
Jon Rahm 20/1
Lee Westwood 60/1
J.B. Holmes 100/1
Justin Thomas 30/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 60/1
Shane Lowry 125/1
Martin Kaymer 100/1
Bill Haas 80/1
Daniel Berger 60/1
Emiliano Grillo 125/1
Marc Leishman 60/1
Byeong Hun An 250/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 125/1
Kevin Chappell 300/1
Jason Dufner 150/1
Steve Stricker 300/1
Angel Cabrera 150/1
Russell Knox 150/1
Charley Hoffman 125/1
Scott Piercy 200/1
Kevin Na 150/1
Gary Woodland 100/1
Kevin Kisner 100/1
Andy Sullivan 250/1
Tyrrell Hatton 50/1
Francesco Molinari 150/1
Chris Wood 300/1
Ryan Moore 125/1
Jhonattan Vegas 250/1
Webb Simpson 300/1
Brendan Steele 200/1
William McGirt 300/1
Thomas Pieters 60/1
Bernd Wiesberger 200/1
Alex Noren 100/1
Daniel Summerhays 1000/1
Ernie Els 500/1
Fred Couples 300/1
Russell Henley 80/1
Soren Kjeldsen 150/1
Bernhard Langer 500/1
Jeunghun Wang 500/1
James Hahn 500/1
Billy Hurley III 1000/1
Brian Stuard 500/1
Vijay Singh 500/1
Hideto Tanihara 300/1
Yuta Ikeda 1000/1
Scott Gregory 2000/1
Trevor Immelman 1000/1
Mike Weir 2500/1
Mark O’Meara 5000/1
Sandy Lyle 5000/1
Larry Mize 5000/1
Brad Dalke 2000/1
Curtis Luck 1000/1
Si Woo Kim 500/1
Sean O’Hair 300/1
Roberto Castro 500/1
Stewart Hagestad 2000/1
Rod Pampling 1000/1
Pat Perez 150/1
Mackenzie Hughes 1000/1
Toto Gana 2500/1
Hudson Swafford 200/1
Jose Maria Olazabal 1000/1
Tommy Fleetwood 100/1
Adam Hadwin 80/1
Ross Fisher 150/1
Ian Woosnam 2500/1

Mortal Locks

Jordan Spieth – 7/1 — It’s doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite to win this year’s Masters. I don’t think it’s an overstatement in the least to say no player in history has so quickly grasped what it takes to win at Augusta National Golf Club than young Mr. Spieth. In three appearances, the Longhorn has placed T-2 – 1st – T-2. With a track record like that, I’d be taking the action even if he were only getting 2/1 money. At 7/1, you’d be clinically insane not to place a couple shekels on Spieth.

Rory McIlroy – 7/1 — Another guy getting 7/1 money this week in Georgia is Rory McIlroy. Somehow, it seems like the talk around Rors completing the career grand slam is a touch quieter than it has been in recent years, but I’m not sure why. The guy has been solid here the last three years, reeling off three straight top-1o finishes. The only problem with them has been that they’ve all come early on Sunday. My crystal brain tells me it’s different this year. Don’t shy away from McIlroy.

Hideki Matsuyama – 20/1 — Hideki Matsuyama has had himself an electric 2017 season on the PGA Tour and you’ve got to figure that hot stretch is going to continue this week at Augusta. He hasn’t been stellar the last three weeks, but he hasn’t been bad. A trip down Magnolia Lane could be just what the doctor ordered for Matsuyama who has finished 5th and T-7 in his last two starts here. At 20/1, he’s a very shiny option.

Justin Thomas – 30/1 — Before there was Dustin Johnson and after Matsuyama’s hot streak, Justin Thomas kicked the year off in style out in Hawaii. Spieth’s sparring partner won everything the Tour offered off the mainland and even threw in a round of 59 for good measure. He’s rounded into form as a player and, like Matsuyama, is only missing a major. He finished T-39 here last year in his first start — but he’s a much different player than he was 365 days ago. At 30/1, the juice is worth the squeeze.

Bang For Your Buck

It’s human nature to try and make a quick buck — that’s why I’ve included a couple guys here that could provide that. For no more than $10, you could earn yourself a quick grand if these ponies pay off:

J.B. Holmes – 100/1 — For a long time, J.B. Holmes was little more than a PGA Tour side show — a big dude who hit big, BIG drives. Today, and two brain surgeries and 50lbs later, Holmes is a 4-time winner on Tour and legitimate threat to take down a major in the near future. Last year finished in a tie for 4th at the Masters and I see no reason why he couldn’t improve that by three spots this week if all the cards fall his way. At 100/1, you’d be remiss not to at least consider something small here.

Zach Johnson – 100/1 — Every once in a while, the betting gods give you a no-brainer pick. One you look at and think, “there’s another Z. Johnson on the PGA Tour?” The fact that the 2007 Masters champion is getting 100/1 money this week is ridiculous. He won in less than ideal conditions and should play well this year in them. As far as a risk/reward bet this week, there’s none better than Zach Johnson. Please don’t be stupid — take the action on ZJ.

There you have it, friends and degenerate wagerers! You’re can’t-miss picks for the Masters. As always, I can only make suggestions as you are all adults and can make your own decision. You must now let go of my hand and enter the world of golf betting on your own.

 

-Golfstradamus.

  1. Matt says:
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    Took J.B. Holmes +1200 for Top 5 and +8000 to win. Should be fun. Thanks for the articles.

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