There have been some strong betting moves for the first major of the year, which tees off in just over a month.
The biggest move has come for Jordan Spieth, who won in 2015 and hasbeen getting back to his best form.
He has played at Augusta eight times and recorded a win and four top-five finishes. That’s a scintillating record and the course suits his eye perfectly.
There was some concern about his four-year winless drought, but his victory at the 2021 Valero Texas Open dispelled those fears.
Spieth’s performance at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am is another step in the right direction and he’s ready to peak in April.
He has firmed into +1200 to win the Masters, which is a solid betting move. Spieth has taken inspiration from Tom Brady and Tiger Woods, who helped him when things got tough on the course.
“He’s not only somebody who has helped when things have been going really well for me,” Spieth told Golf.com about Brady, “But he’s also one of a few phone calls I’ve gotten when things are really bad.”
“He can get mad but any round I’ve ever played with him, I never heard him get negative,” Spieth said of Tiger. “Then when he’s pumped. … I actually think he stays more level. It’s just more of an intensity and a drive that’s kind of causing the immediate emotion, but still bounces back to a pretty neutral place after each shot.”
Bettors can’t have a bet on the 2022 Masters without having Spieth in the mix.
DeChambeau Falling Out of Favor
It was only a matter of time before Bryson DeChambeau started suffering injuries and that time is now.
The big-hitting American has put more focus on the long-drive competitions than playing regular golf and it has come at a cost.
He pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with injury concerns. He’s now unable to defend his title and it has had implications on his Masters odds.
Betting online markets have pushed his odds out to +2200 after touching +1600, which is only because of his health.
“I just feel like it’s too short of time to get back to 100 percent, playing at 100 percent capacity right now,” he said on social media. “I don’t want to go out there and hurt myself even more and not be 100 percent ready for the rest of the season. I don’t want to come back early and have to take more time off.”
We think DeChambeau should focus more on winning golf tournaments than proving he’s the biggest hitter on tour. No one remembers who wins long-drive contests, and with the Masters approaching, he needs to be at his best to win.
As the injury concerns continue, expect to see his odds continue to drift.
Other notable drifters include Patrick Reed (+5000) and Tony Finau (+4500), who were fancied chances at one stage.
Smith’s Odds Tumbling
The world is finally waking up to how talented Cameron Smith is and it has had an effect on Masters betting markets.
Smith finished T33 at the Genesis Open, but he looked special when winning the Tournament of Champions with a -34 score.
The record performance came over the likes of Rahm, Patrick Cantlay and Collin Morikawa, so he can front with the best of them.
If his putter is firing, Smith is a leading chance to give Australian golf fans another chance at the Masters title.
Smith has been backed in from around +5000 to +2500 and we expect more money to come for him over the next month.
He’s the best chance out of the Australian contingent, which includes Adam Scott, Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Matt Jones.