This year’s Masters will be unlike any other – no spectators, no roars. And the betting opportunities will be unlike any we have ever seen.
Want to wager on Bryson DeChambeau’s longest drive? Tiger Woods’ bogey total? Dustin Johnson to finish in the Top 10 AND his alma mater Coastal Carolina to score 30-plus points against Troy on Saturday?
There’s an app for that.
PointsBet is offering hundreds of ways to bet on the Masters, which begins Thursday under expected stormy skies at Augusta National.
Here are 10 intriguing opportunities, with prices from Tuesday afternoon:
1) Round Props: End of round 1 leader: Bryson DeChambeau (+1600): If you love this golfer-turned-linebacker but don’t see enough value in his winning the tournament (+750), consider this bet. DeChambeau birdied six of his final seven holes in the first round last year to shoot 66, which was good for a share of the lead with Brooks Koepka.
2) Name A Bet: Phil Mickelson OR Jon Rahm to finish Top 10 at the Masters AND Arizona State to beat Cal (+140): We could not produce a golf gambling column without a reference to Mickelson, who famously feasted on the 2000 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Lefty is a longshot (+650) for a top-10, but Rahm is third (+106) on the board. Herm Edwards’ Sun Devils blew a late lead to USC in Week 1 and will play a wildcard in Cal, which has yet to suit up.
3) Top Debutant: So fancy, that description. The Masters field contains 26 rookies, including an 18-year-old Argentinian amateur named Abel Gallegos. We’re focusing on studs Collin Morikawa (+500), Matthews Wolff (+600) and Cameron Champ (+900).
Morikawa, a senior at Cal during the 2019 Masters, is now a major champion. Wolff finished second at the U.S. Open and won’t be thrown off by the lack of spectators or grandstands; it will look like a college event. Champ is comically long and has added veteran caddie John Wood to the bag.
4) Francesco Molinari to win (+12500): Excuse me, but didn’t Molinari win the 2018 Open Championship and lead the 2019 Masters after three rounds? Indeed, he rinsed his tee shot at 12 and perhaps he still has not emerged from Rae’s Creek, slumping to 85th in the world after injuries and an equipment change. Still getting 125-to-1 odds on a Molinari victory is as inviting as an offer to play Cypress Point.
5) Name A Bet: Tiger Woods Over-Under 10.5 Bogeys (-115): Woods’ game is in such disrepair, his odds have slumped from +900 (following his 2019 victory) to +1600 in early October to +5000. If you don’t see the magic returning, consider betting the over on bogeys. (Woods made nine last year.) If you’re really down on Woods, take the under and hope he misses the cut for just the third time in 24 Masters start.
6) Tournament Props: Either Bryson DeChambeau or Dustin Johnson to finish Top 19 (including ties) (-10000): This seems like a layup. But even LeBron misses layups. And you’d have to wager $100 just to win four quarters on this. Warning: The year is 2020.
7) Hole in One Props: A Hole in One to Occur/Not Occur in the tournament (-200/+150): There have been 27 holes-in-one during 83 editions of the Masters. That’s one way of looking at the math. Another: They are way more common than they used to be. Justin Thomas and DeChambeau both aced the 179-yard 16th last year. DeChambeau’s giddiness was on full display.
8) Hole in One Props: Paul Casey to makes a Hole In One (+10000): Casey is a fantastic iron player, and his prominence on the “best player to never win a major” list means he should be flag-hunting. Like fellow iron men Webb Simpson and Tyrrell Hatton, Casey is 100-to-1 to make an ace.
9) Make/Miss The Cut Props: Jordan Spieth to miss the cut (+270): Golfing etiquette dictates that you root for everyone, regardless of financial interests. But given that Augusta National’s gates will be closed to the public, feel free screaming, “Noonan!” from your couch. Spieth’s first five Masters results were sensational, but scratchy ball-striking has dropped the Texan to 80th in the world.
10) Tournament Props: Winning margin: Want to be entertained Sunday afternoon? This shot-in-the-dark wager has five options: 1 Stroke (+250), Via A Playoff (+350), 2 Strokes (+350), 4 or More Strokes (+350) and 3 Strokes (+550).