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2024 Masters: Experts’ picks and betting tips


Why he’ll win: Xander is one of the hottest players on tour, sporting six top-10 finishes in eight starts. His metrics fit what is needed — he’s first in proximity over 200 yards, par-3 and par-4 scoring and scrambling.

Why he’ll win: This is not for the faint of heart, but I’m taking McIlroy (+1200) to finally break through for his first career green jacket. McIlroy missed the cut at last year’s event. More attention is being paid to Scheffler, Tiger Woods and LIV golfers like Rahm and Koepka. It feels like no one (despite the betting odds) is considering Rory as a legit threat to win this. Maybe this is when he finally does?

Zach Jones, ESPN Stats & Information
Winner: Schauffele (14-1)

Why he’ll win: When looking at the Masters, we often get caught up in the perceived importance of putting, but recent champions like Sergio Garcia and Hideki Matsuyama tell the real story — that this is a place for players who flush it. In the non-Scottie Scheffler division, nobody’s been doing that better than Xander Schauffele (+1400) this year, and the X-Man has done everything BUT win; six top-10s in eight PGA Tour starts. Oh, and he was a triple-bogey away from a potential playoff with Matsuyama in 2021.

Who is your favorite bet to make the top 10?

Corey Conners (+475)

Jones: To be clear, Conners has not had a sparkling major championship career. That’s 20 career major starts with three top-10 finishes, in case you’re curious. But you know why you’ll be backing the Canadian this week? Because all of those top-10s have come at the Masters, and all in his past four appearances. See above for my thoughts on ball-striking at the Masters, which marries quite nicely with Conners’ strokes gained rankings in approach play (fourth) and tee-to-green (11th).

Marks: Conners comes in hot, having a great season. He’s third in the field for SG approach and top 15 off-the-tee. He has four top-25 finishes during his past five outings.

Si Woo Kim (+500)

Fulghum: Kim is a great value bet at this price to finish in the top 10. He’s coming off a 17th at the Houston Open and a sixth at the Players in his past two starts. He ranks fourth on tour in SG: tee-to-green behind only Scheffler, Schauffele and Matsuyama. Kim has also made six straight cuts at Augusta featuring a T12 finish in 2021.

Phil Mickelson (+1100)

Marks: A three-time Masters winner, Phil finished T2 last year. This track is a great fit for lefties, which he is.

What is your favorite Tiger Woods bet?

To make the cut (-110)

Fulghum: Of all the options, Woods to make the cut is probably the market providing the bettor the best chance at winning. Woods has made 23 consecutive cuts at Augusta National. Woods’ problem with his damaged body has been stamina and fatigue. He still has enough juice to stay competitive for maybe two rounds, but not four.

To finish in the top 20 after Round 1 (+315)

Jones: I totally agree with Tyler that you’ve got to find something that doesn’t require much more than 36 holes over extremely hilly terrain. In that vein, “Tiger Woods to finish in the top 20 after Round 1” asks for just one strong round, and at the point in the tournament when Woods’ body should be the freshest. For reference, top-20 after the opening round was a 70 last year, even-par 72 in 2022, and 1-over-par 73 in 2021, so we’re not asking for a vintage round here.

Who are your favorite long shots to win?

Phil Mickelson (225-1)

Fulghum: Seeing Mickelson at these odds doesn’t make sense to me. Just a year ago, he finished T2 after a sizzling 65 on Sunday. Mickelson now has three green jackets and 10 top-three finishes at Augusta. Woods, who has shorter odds than Mickelson to win this tournament, has eight top-3 finishes at The Masters just for reference. Lefty has made the cut in six straight starts here. He’s a screaming value at this number.

Sungjae Im (125-1)

Jones: You’re getting an elevated number on Im because his 2024 hasn’t been great. But he’s another ball-striker who has absolutely piled up birdies at Augusta — 32 of them in the past two years, the third-most of any player. He has three top-20s in his four career Masters appearances, and if he can keep a few of those stray bogeys off the card, he has plenty of horsepower to go low this week.

What other things are you betting or avoiding?

Avoiding: Bryson DeChambeau to win (+3300) and to finish top-five (+650)

Jones: DeChambeau’s prices to win and to finish top-five represent a special kind of faith in something we just haven’t seen before. Since his “Par 67” declaration in 2020, he’s recorded exactly one round of 67 or better at Augusta, and eight of his 12 Masters rounds have been 74 or worse. He’s never cracked the top 20 in seven previous attempts here, so Bryson’s odds feel more rooted in name recognition than actual performance.

Betting: Joaquin Niemann (25-1 to win)

Marks: Niemann is my favorite LIV Tour player teeing it up this week. He has finished in the top five in seven of past nine events, and already has 2 LIV wins. This will be his fourth trip to Augusta, and finished T16 last year.

Avoiding: Viktor Hovland bets

Marks: Hovland is 119th in SG Total on Tour, 104th on approach and has become one of the worst short-game players on tour.

Betting: Nick Taylor to finish in the top 20 (+330)

Marks: Taylor is already a two-time winner in the past six months. He is top 15 in both SG approach and putting.


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