The US Masters 2020 starts on Thursday at Augusta National in this unprecedented year for sport.
The event has been moved from its usual early April spot in the calendar.
As a child growing up the spectacular scenery and iconic setting always made me feel like the British summer was just around the corner as we had the swift European infiltration of one of the greatest sporting events
First, the late great Seve Ballesteros then Sandy Lyle, Nick Faldo, Langer, Woosie, and Ollie all claimed the Green Jacket from 1983 – 1996 with Langer and Faldo winning it five times between them.
The European Tour was truly flourishing from then to what it became although sadly the European elite golfers primarily ply their trade on the other side of the Atlantic with jaunts back to secure their European status.
In the following year, the Tiger Woods era began winning by an incredible twelve shots. This would be the catalyst to world domination of the sport five green jackets amongst fifteen majors, including 2019 his first for eleven years.
Every year I tell everyone that knows me that this is the best sporting event to have a wager on.
US Masters Preview 2020
It’s an event that punters have so much on their side.
Firstly, the mathematics.
Sportsbooks have always in the past treated the event as the first major of the season and therefore the initial acquisition target to gain golf and elite sporting event bettors for the season and it seems the move in the calendar has not deterred their generosity especially in the place market.
Eight and up to Eleven places can be bet each way in an event where literally fifty golfers maximum have a realistic chance of winning.
Unlike the other three golf majors, the US Masters has only 95 players. The Open Championship will have 150 with some quality players having to pre-qualify.
The event has ceremonial golfers who are past champions some who have not played non -senior competitive golf in decades.
Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 was the last debutant to win a major.
Experience around Augusta is paramount especially with the pin positions on certain holes.
There are twenty-seven debutants this year in a total field of ninety-five including USPGA Champion Collin Morikawa.
They play the same course every year, so the form is very easy to read.
Even though certain holes have been lengthened with some other alterations it’s the same layout every year
Also, there are some good golfers who don’t play their best around here, Stenson (one top ten in sixteen visits), Chez Reavie (short hitter never been in the top fifty in five visits ), Kevin Na (last three visits not been inside the top forty) and many others as the track demands length and putting skill on the lightning-fast Augusta greens.
So again, the list of potential winners can be whittled down.
Since the pandemic one player has stolen the march on the golfing world by using the hiatus lockdown on building his physique and improving his driving especially by 40 yards going from an average driving distance hitter to the Tour’s best.
Bryson DeChambeau is jockeying for market favoritism in this year’s event and deservedly so as his stats have been amazing since competitive golf returned.
Winning the US Open in September, DeChambeau destroyed a quality field at Winged Foot by six shots and being the only golfer to finish under par on a difficult track with penalizing rough.
US Masters Betting
Rory Mcllroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, and Jon Rahm all have the game to be Masters Champions this week and at very attractive place terms by all bookmakers, I would advise each-way bets on all four.
I will skip Bryson as although he will probably be hitting pitching wedge into the Par 5 s after driving the ball close to 400 yards off the tee I am not sure he has the short game and Augusta past experience to win this year
In his three previous performances at Augusta BDC has yet to record a top twenty finish, although he is a different player in 2020 and the 1/3 price on him achieving the feat this year is a fairly accurate assessment of his chances.
I think Bryson maybe tactically was just one step ahead of the golfers in the US Open and if the tournament takes place again tomorrow many would adopt the hit hard and find approach.
Hence I think the value on the win market is elsewhere.
Bubba Watson is also playing some decent golf recently and at 33/1 I would not rule out the multiple green jacket winner ( 2012 and 2014 ) being on the leaderboard come Sunday.
Rory McIlroy 1pt ew 12/1 each way ten places
Jon Rahm 1pt ew 12/1 each way ten places
Dustin Johnson 1pt ew 10/1 each way ten places
Justin Thomas 1pt ew 14/1 each way ten places