Masters - Matchup Bets
April 10, 2019
By Joe Williams
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The PGA TOUR heads to the first major of the season, the Masters, at Augusta National Golf Club. Patrick Reed is the defending champion.
Each week we'll take a look at the best round matchups to try and build up a nice bankroll.
Brandt Snedeker (-115) vs. Charley Hoffman (-115): It looks like a toss-up on the betting board, but Snedeker is the play here. He has made the cut in six of his past seven showings at the Masters, including a pair of finishes inside the Top 10, and four showings of 19th or better during the impressive span. It's unlikely Snedeker will be fitted for a green jacket on Sunday, but he should be right there among the challenged for a finish in the Top 20.
Matt Kuchar (-125) vs. Marc Leishman (-105): Kuchar has never won a green jacket at Augusta National, but he has enjoyed plenty of success at the course. He has made the cut in each of his nine career starts at the Masters, while posting three top-10 showings. In addition, he was third in the 2012 event. If you like to bet first-round matchups, or 3-ball pairings, consider 'Kooch', too. He has managed a 70.78 average in Round 1 during his nine appearances at Augusta National.
Tommy Fleetwood (-120) vs. Jordan Spieth (-110): Spieth is showing no signs of pulling out of his nosedive. He has made the cut in six of his nine events, which is not awful for most average PGATOUR golfers, but not for a guy who has reached the heights he has early in his career. Spieth has finished 45th in four of the events he has played into the weekend, as he just isn't hitting on all cylinders. It's hard to imagine Spieth will put out of his skid with a deep field and plenty of pressure.
Rickie Fowler (-140) vs. Jordan Spieth (+120): Fowler came up just short of his first green jacket last season, posting a runner-up finish behind Reed. And again, Spieth's yips and skid lately are well documented.
Patrick Cantlay (-135) vs. Gary Woodland (+105): Cantlay has been playing good golf this season, save for a missed cut at THE PLAYERS Championship in his most recent showing. Not only has he made the cut in seven of his nine events, he finished 17th or better in all seven of those events which he played into the weekend. As far as Woodland is concerned, he has missed the cut in each of his past three appearances at Augusta National, and he has made the cut just twice in six appearances. Over the past four starts at Augusta National he has an ugly 77.25 Scoring Average in Round 2, which isn't conducive to making a cut, let alone beating a red-hot golfer.
Cameron Smith (+110) vs. Gary Woodland (-140): Smith is a strong matchup play based on Woodland's struggles at Augusta National. The Aussie Smith has made the cut in 10 of his 11 events this season, including three top-10 showings.
Last event (Valero Texas Open): 3-0 (+300)
This season: 8-8-2 (-50)
Tournament Cut Score (Over 147.5, -135): The past three Masters have had a cut score of 149 in 2018, and 150 in both 2016 and 2017. Six of the past seven events have had a cut score of 148 or higher.
Will There Be A Playoff? (No, -380): There was a playoff as recently as 2017, and again in 2012 and 2013. However, there has been just one playoff in the past five installments.
Top 20 Finish - Rickie Fowler (-210): Fowler was a runner-up last season at the Masters, and he has made the cut in all 10 of his events this season, including four top-5 finishes. He has unfinished business at Augusta National. It's uncertain if he'll win a green jacket, but a top-20 showing should easily be within his grasp.
Top 20 Finish - Matt Kuchar (+110): Kuchar has enjoyed tremendous success at the Masters. While he hasn't won at Augusta National, he has three top-10 finishes in nine starts.
Top 20 Finish - Phil Mickelson (+140): FIGJAM has won the Masters three times, and he was a runner-up as recent as 2015. There aren't many golfers with the knowledge of Augusta National like he has.
Top 20 Finish - Patrick Reed (+190): Reed is the defending champion, so why not roll the dice on him again for at least a finish inside the Top 20?
Last week: 1-2 (-85)
This season: 7-14 (-358)
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