Masters Best Bets: Odds, Picks, Predictions & Sleepers
Chris Sheridan reveals his best bets for the 2023 Masters at Augusta, GA including the player he expects to win, this year’s sleeper candidate, and a legitimate dark horse pick.
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A little-known fact about the Masters: They provide green napkins to the patrons who buy snacks because they do not want white napkins blowing around the course if conditions are windy. Green napkins are invisible on TV.
Yes, the old folks who are club members at Augusta National are very, very good at taking care of the small details as they plan the most prestigious annual golf event in the United States. And no, they do not get involved in the politics that have split the LIV golfers from the PGA Tour golfers. They invite who they want to invite, and that’s that.
So as we head into the 2023 version, you are advised to wager $20 against your best buddies so that they will not see a white napkin blowing into the full-bloom azaleas. That is easy Masters bet money, folks.
As for the field, well, let’s just say the best of the best are all going to be there, and Scottie Scheffler will be looking to become the first repeat champion since Tiger Woods in 2001 and 2002.
The field includes 20 past champions (yes, Woods is among them), the past five U.S. Open champions (that includes beefed-up Bryson DeChambeau and world No. 3 Jon Rahm, who has already won three times on the PGA Tour this season), defending British Open champion Cameron Smith, six amateurs who qualified in the U.S. (first and second place in the U.S. Amateur), Britain, Latin America, the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and the U.S. mid-Amateur champion, along with the top four finishers from last year’s British Open, which includes Viktor Hovland, Tommy Fleetwood, and Cameron Young.
There are an additional 26 players who have won PGA Tour events in the past year, seven players who qualified for last year’s PGA Tour Championship, and 16 others who finished in the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 50 last year or are in the top five this year.
So, yeah, the best of the best will all be in Augusta next weekend. It sets up as the best gambling event of the golf season, simply because everyone who is anyone will be competing. And because of the two-year battle between the PGA and the LIV tours, these types of events just do not happen all that often. So we advise doing your homework in prepping to wager on your own Best Bets for the Golf Masters, and we will aim to assist you.
Odds to win the Masters 2023
Scottie Scheffler +700
Rory Mcllroy +700
Jon Rahm +800
Jordan Spieth +1600
Cameron Smith +1800
Justin Thomas +2000
Patrick Cantlay +2000
Collin Morikawa +2200
Max Homa +2200
Xander Schauffele +2200
Cameron Young +2500
Dustin Johnson +2500
Jason Day +2500
Tony Finau +2500
Will Zalatoris +2800
Sungjae Im +3300
Viktor Hovland +3300
Hideki Matsuyama +4000
Matthew Fitzpatrick +4000
Shane Lowry +4000
Tyrell Hatton +4000
Corey Connors +5000
Joaquin Niemann +5000
Justin Rose +5000
Tiger Woods +5000
Tom Kim +5000
Odds are subject to change*
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2023 Masters Betting Preview and Predictions
Betway.com has listed Scheffler and Rory McIlroy as the +700 co-favorites, and Rahm as the +800 third choice. The only other players with odds of less than +2000 are Jordan Spieth (+1600) and Cameron Smith (+1800), so we have a situation here where even the chalk golfers can produce big payoffs at the Masters golf tournament.
Hideki Matsuyama is +4000 just two years after winning, Dustin Johnson is +2500 three years after winning, and Woods is +5000 as he goes for green jacket No. 6 four years after his last victory and one year since his miracle comeback from a near-fatal 2021 car wreck. When looking at picks to win the Masters and Masters betting predictions, do not count that guy out. He has the best Masters history of any player in the field, and he is one behind Jack Nicklaus for most Masters wins.
The longest shots in the field who qualify as silly Masters sleeper picks are the amateurs (all +100000 except for Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira and Gordon Sargent at +50000) and aging former champions Sandy Lyle, Jose Marie Olazabal and Larry Mize (all +250000). Two-time champion Bubba Watson is +12500, and three-time winner Phil Mickelson is +20000. The only player not yet listed is whoever wins this weekend’s Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.
There are 20 players competing in the tournament for the first time, and those players are not great betting picks because they will be unfamiliar with the hilly terrain at Augusta National, to which TV does not do justice. Yes, the greens are tricky, but these golfers encounter tricky greens every week somewhere.
2023 Masters Best Bets: Top picks
The biggest factor, it says here, is the ability to be within striking distance of a victory after the front nine on Sunday. And the list of golfers who we feel can get that done is limited. Certainly Scheffler, McIlroy and Rahm are all capable, and Scheffler and Rahm have been killing it this year. They are our top two picks, and the gun-to-the-head pick is Rahm.
The Pick: Jon Rahm (+800)
The Masters Sleepers 2023
There is always a completely unexpected someone who comes into play. This year, the player we are picking in that Masters sleeper-pick category is Young, the son of a golf pro at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in suburban New York.
Young had a runner-up finish in mid-March at the Match Play championship under the guidance of new caddie Paul Tesori. He eagled the final hole at St. Andrews last year to finish one stroke behind Can Smith for the British Open title, and he was tied for third at the 2022 PGA Championship. The Wake Forest product is on the board at +2500 at Betway, which is not a bad price for the golfer ranked No. 14 in the world. He has not played since tying for 51st at TPC Sawgrass in the Players Championship, and the previous week he tied for 10th at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Invitational.
The Pick: Cameron Young (+2500)
The Masters Dark Horse Pick 2023
We will also give you a dark horse Masters pick because +2500 is not lucrative enough for some folks. Drum roll, please ….
Keegan Bradley won the Zozo Championship last October and finished second at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January. He has missed the cut in two of his last four tournaments, but he is coming in with three weeks rest and is ranked No. 22 in the world. At +10000 on the Betway board, that is a flyer worth flying.
Remember one thing as this event approaches: Best Masters picks are like armpits -- everyone has them, and most of them stink. The golf odds this week are going to fluctuate, and if your pick has a horrible Thursday, you will always have Friday morning to go with choice No. 2. And remember, this thing is always won on the back nine on Sunday. Good luck!
The Pick: Keegan Bradley (+10000)