US Masters Golf 2020 odds analysis and free betting tips
Welcome to our betting tips, predictions and preview of the third golf major of 2020, the Masters from Augusta, Georgia.
The Masters is the final major of the year, moving from its regular April slot because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The great Tiger Woods is the defending champion after he rolled back the years to win 18 months ago, holding his nerve as others collapsed around him.
That means very different weather conditions in late autumn compared with its usual spring slot. This Masters will also be the first one to be played without patrons permitted, creating an eerie atmosphere for the players.
Thunderstorms and rain are forecast for the opening round of the Masters and beyond so we can expect some delays.
Bryson DeChambeau, nicknamed the Mad Scientist, won the most recent major at the US Open in blistering style and has been made the favourite among online betting sites to also win the Masters.
DeChambeau, of course, has this year bulked up enormously and become the longest driver on the tour.
His unique approach involves using irons all the same length of shaft and not hinging his wrists during his extremely upright swing. He has played the Masters three times and not finished in the top 25 as yet so we are happy to bet around him this time.
The 2017 winner Sergio Garcia withdrew from this tournament last weekend because of contracting COVID-19 and will miss a major for the first time in 21 years.
Who will win the 2020 Masters?
Generally you find the players who have done well at the Augusta course in the past rise to the top by the weekend. It’s often stated that players need to learn Augusta over a few years before they contend, though it certainly fits some players’ style right from the start.
The course: It’s expected to be wet, with less run than usual, and the potential for ”mud ball” which could make precision approaches to the notoriously sloped greens so tough.
2020 Masters odds
$8 Bryson Dechambeau
$9 Dustin Johnson
$10 Jon Rahm
$12 Justin Thomas
$13 Rory McIlroy
$15 Xander Schauffele
$17 Brooks Koepka
$26 Patrick Cantlay, Tyrrell Hatton, Hideki Matsuyama, Tony Finau
* For full markets visit leading bookmaker William Hill.
2019 US Masters results
Italian star Francesco Molinaro led into the final round, but faded on the back nine after finding the water at the 12th to double bogey. Tiger Woods made his move with birdies at 15 an 16 to take control. He could even afford a bogey at the last to win by a shot.
US Masters 2019 final leaderboard
-13 Tiger Woods (US) 70-68-67-70
-12 Dustin Johnson (US) 68-70-70-68, Brooks Koepka (US) 66-71-69-70, Xander Schauffele (US) 73-65-70-68
-11 Jason Day (Australia) 70-67-73-67, Tony Finau (US) 71-70-64-72, Francesco Molinari (Italy) 70-67-66-74, Webb Simpson (US) 72-71-64-70
-10 Patrick Cantlay (US) 73-73-64-68, Rickie Fowler (US) 70-71-68-69, Jon Rahm (Spain) 69-70-71-68
Free tips for the 2020 US Masters
We will stick with one player in the overall betting this time around and look at a couple of markets which involve selecting the leading players from a certain group or country. Here are our free US Masters Betting Tips:
Brooks Koepka to win at $17
Koepka is just a stone-cold winner when it comes to major championships and he put punters on alert last weekend with two mid-60s rounds to finish the Houston Open. World No.1 Dustin Johnson produced a similar finish and both are in great touch heading into the battle for the green jacket. We lean to Koepka over Johnson on the strength of his major record and also based on the fact you can secure double the odds for a Koepka win than you can for one by Johnson
Top South African player at the Masters
There are six players from South Africa in the field this year including the 2011 winner Charl Schwartzel. Major winner Louis Oosthuizen is $2.50 to top the group ahead of Erik Van Rooyen ($4.50), Dylan Frittellli ($6.50), Schwartzel $7, Christiaan Bezuidenhout ($7) and Justin Harding ($11). Oosthuizen does not have a great overall record at Augusta, with his second placing in 2012 something of an outlier, so we are happy to go with rising star Van Rooyen to shine on his Masters debut. You can bet legally on the Masters with the top South African betting sites.
Top Australian player at the Masters
There are five Aussies competing in the Masters this year headed by Jason Day ($2.75), along with former winner Adam Scott ($3), Cameron Smith ($4), Marc Leishman ($8), and amateur Lukas Michel ($41). Scott is a great wet-weather player but has not played a lot lately, while Day has an outstanding record at this course with four top 10s. He narrowly missed out last year and is around $33 win overall. We think he’s a good thing to be the top Australian finisher at the Masters this time, with his unreliable body seemingly in good shape heading in.
New dates for golf’s majors in 2020
Champion: Collin Morikawa
New dates: August 6-9
Original dates: May 14-17
Location: TPC Harding Park, San Francisco
United States Open
Champion: Bryson DeChambeau
New dates: September 17-20
Original dates: June 18-21
Location: Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, New York
New dates: November 12-15
Original dates: April 9-12
Location: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
British Open Championship
Cancelled. The R&A announced on April 6 that the 149th British Open would not be held in 2020. Royal St George’s will still host the 149th, in July 2021. The 150th Open will be at the home of golf, St Andrews, in 2022.
Original dates: July 16-19
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