Of the thousands of Masters wagers offered by PointsBet, the most ridiculous one paid off. Just ask Tiger Woods. Or better yet, don’t.
Let’s look back at some of the strangest, savviest and most profitable ones:
1) Dustin Johnson to win (+825). He opened at +825, dipped to +400 entering Round 3 and opened Sunday at -285. The chilliest dude on tour made his supporters jittery when he bogeyed Nos. 4 and 5 on Sunday. But he went 5-under the rest of the way, winning by five.
2) Tiger Woods to score 10-plus on any hole (+15000). Woods had never recorded a double-digit score on a hole since turning pro in 1996 – not even when he had the chipping yips. But perhaps the greatest player in Masters history (only Jack Nicklaus has more green jackets) donated three balls to Rae’s Creek on No. 12 and eventually tapped in for 10.
I happen to know someone who threw down four quarters on the bet, simply for the novelty of it. That was the only action PointsBet took on the wager. Perhaps the public figured that the chances of Tiger making a 10 was probably more like 1,500-to-1.
3) Bryson DeChambeau over-under .5 to make an eagle (+160): I initially thought this was just for Thursday. All four rounds? Alert the media! The over got so slammed, the price shriveled to -200. DeChambeau missed a 4-foot eagle try Friday and freaked out his fans by making the cut on the number. But he came through Sunday, nearly holing out for albatross on 13.
4) Dylan Frittelli to finish top-5 (+4000). The world’s 100th-ranked player had been best known for wearing solar sleeves on his arms and funky prescription glasses. But Frittelli’s impressive T-5 rewarded his backers handsomely.
5) Matthew Wolff to miss the cut (+220). He had played two previous majors, finishing T4 at the PGA Championship and 2nd at the U.S. Open. But the Californian with the funky swing dropped off the radar with a second-round 77.
And now let’s examine a few I mentioned in my column last week:
* Tournament props: Winning margin. A one-stroke victory offered +250. A three-shot win would have paid +550. DJ’s demolition of the field paid +350, under the 4 or More Strokes offering.
* Name A Bet: Phil Mickelson OR Jon Rahm to finish Top 10 at the Masters AND Arizona State to beat Cal (+140). Rahm went eagle-birdie-bogey-birdie down the stretch to back door a top-10, but his alma mater could not suit up against Cal because of COVD-19 contact tracing. So the bet was voided, and clients will have their money returned.
* Top Debutant: Sungjae Im (+1300). Wolff (+600) and Collin Morikawa (+500) were among the 26 rookies expected to go low. Morikawa finished at a quiet even-par, and Wolff packed up early. Im delivered as a 13-to-1 shot.
* A Hole in One to Occur/Not Occur in the tournament (-200/+150). Tiger came tantalizing close Thursday on No. 16, but no one made an ace all week. The underdog side paid out nicely.
* Jordan Spieth to miss the cut (+270). Clearly motivated by last week’s column, Spieth sank a 15-footer on 18 to earn two more rounds at Augusta National. He finished T-46 after a 73-72 finish.