The Masters is the most anticipated golf tournament on the calendar. And just like the Super Bowl, viewers often want to make an already exciting event that much more interesting.
Sportsbooks are always accepting your money, especially during Masters week. So let’s have some fun with the many prop bets that typically aren’t available during a regular PGA Tour event.
Will there be a hole-in-one?
The smart money here probably lies with a “no” bet, but it’s more fun to hammer “yes.” Why would you ever cheer against seeing a hole-in-one?
This prop will likely come down to No. 16 on Sunday when the pin location is susceptible to aces.
Will there be a playoff?
Three of the last 10 Masters were decided in a playoff, with Sergio Garcia most recently winning one in 2017. While odds clearly aren’t in favor of needing extra holes, a playoff makes the tournament much more suspenseful. Who wouldn’t want that?
Viktor Hovland (+165)
The Norwegian-born Hovland won the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship to gain a berth into this year’s Masters. He’s played in three PGA Tour events this season, recently making the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Hovland plays for the dominant Oklahoma State team, and he owns the best resume of the six amateurs in the field.
Top Scandinavian player
Henrik Stenson (+120)
Stenson has turned a corner lately, especially with his iron play. He’s gained a combined 16.5 strokes on approach shots over his last three tournaments, giving him momentum heading into Augusta.
His competition for this bet is Alex Noren, Danes Lucas Bjerregaard and Thorbjorn Olesen, and Norway’s Hovland – none of whom are very threatening.
Top senior player
Fred Couples (+185)
The Masters is one of the few tournaments when seniors actually have a chance to make the cut – a testament to how much experience matters at Augusta. The 59-year-old Couples is in tough against Champions Tour legend Bernhard Langer and a handful of others, but he’s made back-to-back cuts and played into the weekend in seven of his last eight Masters.
The 61-year-old Langer is only averaging 268.8 yards off the tee on the senior circuit this year, which is down 12 yards from 2018. Vijay Singh is also in the mix, but Couples’ track record at Augusta gives him the edge.
Matt Wallace (+400)
Debutants typically struggle during their first go around at Augusta. But if there’s one who can figure it out, it’s England’s. He’s a proven winner on the European Tour after collecting three wins in 2018. Wallace has also climbed to No. 36 in the world golf rankings.
Hideki Matsuyama (-115)
Matsuyama is among the favorites to win the Masters, let alone finish as the top Asian. He’ll have to fend off Si Woo Kim, Haotong Li, and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, but given Matsuyama’s strong history at Augusta and recent results, this one feels like a safe bet.
Top player to miss the cut
Patrick Reed (+250)
Masters champions have a history of struggling in their first trip back to Augusta as green jacket owners. Over the past decade, Jordan Spieth is the only defending champion to finish inside the top 10.
Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia, the two winners prior toin 2018, both missed the cut during their attempts at defending. History is against Reed, too, as only three players have won back-to-back Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, and Tiger Woods.
None of this bodes well for Reed, who’s been battling to find his game. He’s yet to crack the top 10 this season and has lost strokes on approach shots in five of his last six events.
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