The 86th Masters starts this Thursday, and it has captured the sports world. Neither MLB’s opening day nor the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship can take the spotlight away from Augusta National Golf Course because one golfer, Tiger Woods, will be playing just 13 months after his horrific car accident.
The five-time Masters Champion is the most bet on golfer on DraftKings Sportsbook, and there is a myriad of reasons this is the case: people love a comeback story, they love Tiger Woods, they don’t want to miss out as they did in 2019 when he won, etc. While I’m a forever fan of Woods, he won’t be in my top-10 because there are too many variables. During his press conference on Tuesday, Woods mentioned that he’s been in more challenging situations than this and played well (paraphrasing). We have to believe he’s telling the truth, but he’ll have a proverbial and literal uphill battle this week, and we should take the “wait and see” approach. I’m sure I’ll feel different at St. Andrews this year.
Scottie Scheffler is the hottest golfer on the planet right now, but it’ll be tough to have him above other golfers who have a little more experience than Scheffler. Scottie’s won three of his last five starts and has back-to-back top-20s in his only two starts here. Last season, he went 18-8-7-8 in the majors, and he’s currently the world’s No. 1 golfer, which is why he’ll drop a few spots from where he is on the odds board to fifth in the rankings.
Jordan Spieth is 11th in odds but belongs inside the top-10. Few have been better at Augusta National, ranking third in SG: Total since 2017, along with two top-3s, two runner-up finishes and a win in his second appearance at Augusta National Golf Club. Last week was one of his worst putting performances, losing 7.17 on the greens. Conversely, it was one of his best tee-to-green, gaining 10.84, ranking first in the field at Valero. Also, Shane Lowry has proven he can win a major in the most pressurized situation; in his home country. He also has top finishes in his last three starts on the PGA TOUR. Back-to-back top-25s at Augusta push him inside the top-12 in the rankings.
Stewart Cink and Luke List are way down the odds board but jump inside the top-25 rankings. Cink recorded a top-7 at the Valspar, gaining five strokes on the greens and 5.1 through approach. He’s been stellar at the Masters throughout his career. Over the last 50 rounds, List ranks 21st in par 5 scoring and first in SG: Tee-to-Green.
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