The 2021 Masters Betting Guide
The 2021 Masters – Players, Odds, Picks
I’ve been covering The Masters from tee-to-green for a number of outlets and sites including Forbes, TheLines, OSGA and FanDuel. The most popular tournament and biggest bet golf event of the year has arrived.
I’ve updated the most popular picks, and players generating the most bets, money and interest in my update at Forbes. My Masters Market report provides betting data and insight from leading online sportsbooks like DraftKings, BetMGM, William Hill and FanDuel. Betting online and wagering on The Masters is big business for the sportsbooks, and I chip-in some additional insight in my Masters coverage at Offshore Gaming Association.
At FanDuel, I contribute odds and sports betting updates and insight on dozens of golfers including 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson. Included is odds to win, finishing position, brief history and offered match-ups.
The Rise and Resurgence of Jordan Spieth
More chip-ins at TheLines with the surging Jordan Spieth, and his win in last week’s Valero Texas Open. I didn’t bet Spieth to win last week as the favorite in one of the weakest fields this season, but interesting to note that his odds are even lower to win this week going against all top-50 players in the world golf rankings. I did however get a top-10 finish out of Matt Wallace (3rd) and Chris Kirk (T6), and Kirk cashed in our tournament match-up to run the record posting on this site to 12-3 since the start of the year.
Spieth’s rise in the betting market now has him the most popular and bet golfer to win the 2021 Masters.
My sportsbook contacts and directors share information you can bet on with me, including my conversation with DraftKings’ Johnny Avello this week.
“The return to form of Jordan Spieth has grabbed bettors attention,” DraftKings director of sportsbook operations Johnny Avello told me Tuesday. “Spieth is by far the most bet golfer to win the Masters.”
Plenty of tournament and player props, and other betting opportunties with more sportsbooks offering a larger menu of betting options plus in-play wagering during the Masters.
Whether it’s head-to-head tournament matchups, top-10 finishes or making/missing the cut, William Hill has plenty of prop bets up for the Masters. ⛳️
Check out the top-10 finish props at @WilliamHillNV and read more for all available prop bets ⬇️
— William Hill US (@WilliamHillUS) April 7, 2021
Props, Match-ups and Tournament Bets at 2021 Masters
Betting top finishing position can increase your chances to cash in, and Circa Sports offers yes/no wagering which is a big plus, along with often posting the best tournament odds to win for bettors shopping best odds and prices. That was the case when I cashed in a win bet on Justin Thomas (+2200) to win The PLAYERS Championship when a majority of sportsbooks offered Thomas at less than +2000 to win.
In covering The Masters annually, I’ve provided some Approach shots and insight with keys to success and handicapping The Masters. I had a great tournament match-up betting result in the 2018 Masters going 4-0 and chipping in five other match-up winners as opinions. A fade of Patrick Reed in 2019 was another birdie. Last year it was best bet Big Bertha with Dustin Johnson crushing overhyped Bryson DeChambeau, and Johnson also won the Masters and his first green jacket. McIlroy over Bryson was also a winner, and we’ll shoot for more birdies instead of bogeys in our 2021 Masters match-ups below as shoot to provide more winners so you can profit from the experience that has produced 12 winners and 3 losers in tournament match-ups this year.
Will a darkhorse break through like Jason Day, Marc Leishman or even Rory McIlroy as a little outsider this year? Day is ranked No. 52 in the world, and no Masters winner has ranked outside the top 50 since 2009 when Angel Cabrera pulled the upset in 2009. If you’re betting in-play or adjusted odds to win, know that each of the last 16 Masters champions were inside the top-10 following Round 1.
McIlroy does not enter in great form or swing confidence, but he has the most strokes gained Off-the-Tee per round (1.33) at the Masters since 2015 followed closely by Jon Rahm (1.30) and Dustin Johnson (1.22). The highest Greens in Regulation percentage over the last three Masters belongs to Justin Thomas (75%) followed by Dustin Johnson (74.1%), and Thomas is also No. 1 in SG: Approach.
How ’bout a first timer like Will Zalatoris, Robert McIntyre or Carlos Ortiz, who I bet to beat Mackenzie Hughes in Round 1 wagering? Odds are against it, but they were heavily against Fuzzy Zoeller when he became the only first time starter to win The Masters in 1979.
Fairway’s Favorites: Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay
Fairway’s Longshots: Xander Schauffele, Paul Casey, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Jason Day
Tournament Match-ups: (BetMGM) Justin Thomas (+100) over Dustin Johnson, Matt Fitzpatrick (-140) over Tommy Fleetwood
Check back for more updates and information you can bet on. Next stop on tour is the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town.
Post Masters Update: 2-0 tournament match-ups, and now 14-3 on match-ups since the start of 2021.