2020 Masters Preview Betting Odds – Golf Betting
The 2020 Masters Tournament was postponed from its traditional and originally scheduled April date to November because of COVID-19 concerns.
The field remains the same as if the tournament had been held in the spring, except for some withdrawals due to the virus, most notably 2017 champion Sergio Garcia.
Although the Masters will still be played at the Augusta National Golf Club, the course is likely to look different than it usually does in April. First, the grass will be at a higher length than the players ordinarily see.
That factor could help mitigate the advantage that experience generally affords players with multiple Masters appearances.
Players Winning The Tournament
Only one player since 1935 has won the tournament in their initial visit to Augusta National. Fuzzy Zoeller won the 1979 Masters in a playoff in his debut at the storied venue.
In a way, although the course is the same, all players will be rookies because of the change in the time of year.
Secondly, there will be a very limited number of patrons on-site, and the venue will lack ropes, bleachers, and the famous Sunday afternoon cheers.
Betting on the Masters
Virtually all online sportsbooks offer wagers on the Masters. The most common are futures bets where the wager is on who will win the tournament.
Another popular option is a matchup bet, where players are paired together, and odds are established on which of the two will perform better.
The matchup bets are available for the entire tournament and also for the next round. Because the pairings have nothing to do with how the players are grouped on the golf course, virtually any combination is possible.
I used www.betnow.eu for the odds used in this piece. The site is easy to navigate and offers a nice number of wagering options.
For the futures betting, BetNow has odds on 27 players but also has a bet available on anyone not included in that group winning the tournament.
Betting Odds for Futures Wagers
The favorite for the Masters is U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau with odds of +850. That means a $100 wager on DeChambeau will pay out $950 ($850 winnings plus the original $100 bet).
DeChambeau has been creating a lot of buzz as he works on maximizing his length off the tee.
The favorite’s best finish at Augusta is a tie for 21st. Despite his win in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, I just don’t see DeChambeau donning the green jacket, which goes to the winner, on Sunday afternoon.
The #1 Player In The World
Just behind DeChambeau in the odds is the current FedEx Cup champion and former U.S. Open winner Dustin Johnson. The No. 1 player in the world is at +900, and no one has been hotter than Johnson since early August.
He’s notched two wins, three second-place finishes, and a tie for sixth to his credit.
He’s finished in the top 10 in the last four Masters, including a tie for second behind Tiger Woods in 2019. At the odds being offered, there’s no doubt that Johnson needs to be on every bettor’s wager list.
Brooks Koepka appears to have recovered from a left knee problem and shot a pair of 65s last week in Houston.
His four titles and consistent performance in the majors since 2017 make a healthy Koepka a real threat. He was one of the players tied with Johnson for second in 2019.
Since winning the 2017 PGA Championship, Justin Thomas has been looking for a second major title. Thomas’ best finish at Augusta is a tie for 12th in 2019, but he’s improved his standing every year.
Since the restart in June, he has a win and three second-place finishes, including in his last start at the Zozo Championship.
In the head-to-head matchup on BetNow, Dustin Johnson is a 1.5-stroke favorite over Bryson DeChambeau. In the spread bet, DeChambeau pays -130, while Johnson pays even money. In the moneyline, Johnson is favored at -135, with DeChambeau paying +115.
Another compelling matchup is between Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele, two players expected to be in the hunt on Sunday. Rahm is a 1.5-stroke favorite, with both players paying out at -115 on the spread bet.