Masters 2022 picks: The 13 best bets to win at Augusta National
Jared C. Tilton
Hello, friends! It's almost time for the Masters—which means it's definitely time to start thinking about betting on the Masters. The field is nearly set (Tiger, you going to tee it up?) and odds have been posted and tweaked following a busy stretch of golf that included Cameron Smith's win at the Players Championship. Let's hope we see slightly better weather in Augusta than we did at TPC Sawgrass, and let's get to our weekly ranking of best bets (odds from DraftKings) to slip on the green jacket this year.
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1. Justin Thomas (12/1)
Reason to pick: He's got five consecutive top-25 finishes at the Masters, and eight top-10s in his past 12 starts overall.
Cause for concern: He also hasn't won any of those 12 starts.
Kevin C. Cox
2. Scottie Scheffler (25 16/1)
Reason to pick: Quietly has a pair of top-20 finishes in his first two Masters starts; not so quietly has three PGA Tour titles in his past five starts and has moved up to World No. 1.
Cause for concern: Augusta National is more forgiving off the tee than most major championship venues, but ranking 133rd in driving accuracy (and 74th in strokes gained/off-the-tee) could be problematic.
Kevin C. Cox
3. Viktor Hovland (18/1)
Reason to pick: One of the best drivers of the golf ball since turning pro in 2019 (fifth in strokes gained/off-the-tee last season, 12th this season), Hovland has also turned into one of the best iron players (third in strokes gained/approach) as well.
Cause for concern: The chipping (213th in strokes gained/around the green). Always the chipping.
4. Collin Morikawa (12/1)
Reason to pick: He's the fastest player to two majors in the modern era and this is the major that rewards his biggest strength (led the tour in strokes gained/approach last season).
Cause for concern: Ranks 180th in strokes gained/around-the-green. What's up with these Class of 2019 guys when it comes to chipping?
5. Cameron Smith (16/1)
Reason to pick: The Players champ also has the 72-hole PGA Tour scoring record as well as being the only golfer to shoot four rounds in the 60s in a single Masters.
Cause for concern: There's always a chance the green jackets bar anyone with a mullet from playing. Other than that, we wish his odds were a tad longer.
6. Dustin Johnson (16/1)
Reason to pick: DJ had five consecutive top-10s at August National, including a five-shot win in (November) 2020, before missing the cut last year.
Cause for concern: That November Masters win was the 37-year-old's last in America, and he's fallen out of the top 10 in the World Ranking for the first time in seven years.
7. Rory McIlroy (14/1)
Reason to pick: He's got to complete the career Grand Slam here one of these years, right?
Cause for concern: We're coming up on eight years of saying, "He's got to win another major soon, right?"
8. Will Zalatoris (35/1)
Reason to pick: Finished runner-up to Hideki Matsuyama in his Masters debut last year.
Cause for concern: Still looking for his first PGA Tour title despite a slew of high finishes.
9. Patrick Cantlay (16/1)
Reason to pick: The reigning FedEx Cup champ certainly has the putting touch to handle Augusta National's slick greens.
Cause for concern: Has missed the cut in two of his four Masters appearances as a pro.
10. Matt Fitzpatrick (50/1)
Reason to pick: This price seems more than fair considering the Brit's improved iron game (19th in strokes gained/approach) has led to four top-10s in five PGA Tour starts this year.
Cause for concern: His lone top-10 in a major came at the Masters—but six years ago.
Jared C. Tilton
11. Jon Rahm (8/1)
Reason to pick: The World No. 1 has recorded four consecutive top-10s at Augusta National, which certainly makes him worthy of his favorite status.
Cause for concern: 8-to-1 odds are steep—especially for someone who hasn't won since last year's U.S. Open.
12. Hideki Matsuyama (25/1)
Reason to pick: He's the defending champ and one of just four players with three PGA Tour titles in the past year.
Cause for concern: It's been 20 years since someone won back-to-back Masters. And he's nursing a sore back.
13. Jordan Spieth (12/1)
Reason to pick: Even when he was mired in a slump, Spieth played well at Augusta National, where he has five top-3 finishes in just eight starts.
Cause for concern: Is he starting another slump? Since that wild runner-up at Pebble Beach, he's gone T-60, T-26, MC, T-35—and yet he's still being priced like someone in top form.