2017 Masters Preview

The 2017 Masters will be the 81st edition of this prestigious tournament, and takes place from April 6-April 9 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA. Last year Danny Willett was the surprise winner at 125:1 odds to win the tournament after Jordan Spieth’s historic collapse, and below shows the most recent winners and their pre-tournament odds around the market:

Year Golfer Pre-Tournament
Consensus Odds
2016 Danny Willett +12500
2015 Jordan Spieth +980
2014 Bubba Watson +2000
2013 Adam Scott +2800
2012 Bubba Watson +3550
2011 Charl Schwartzel +8000
2010 Phil Mickelson +650

The table below shows the odds to win the 2017 Masters from 5Dimes and Bovada:

Golfer Apr 3, 2017
(5Dimes)
Jan 9, 2017
(5Dimes)
Aug 1, 2016
(Bovada)
Dustin Johnson +560 +1000 +1200
Rory McIlroy +690 +800 +800
Jordan Spieth +725 +800 +800
Rickie Fowler +1755 +3000 +2200
Hideki Matsuyama +1855 +1200 +3300
Jason Day +1955 +800 +800
Jon Rahm +2235 N/A N/A
Justin Rose +2335 +2500 +2500
Phil Mickelson +2470 +3000 +2500
Henrik Stenson +3005 +2500 +2800
Adam Scott +3150 +2000 +2000
Justin Thomas +3405 +5000 +12500
Paul Casey +3700 +5000 +5000
Sergio Garcia +4500 +6600 +6000
Bubba Watson +4500 +2000 +1600
Louis Oosthuizen +5500 +5000 +4000
Brandt Snedeker +5500 +5000 +5000
Tyrrell Hatton +6000 N/A N/A
Marc Leishman +6000 +10000 +8000
Branden Grace +6600 +6600 +6600
Daniel Berger +7500 +10000 +12500
Tommy Fleetwood +8000 N/A N/A
Adam Hadwin +8000 N/A N/A
Brooks Koepka +8000 +6000 +6600
Thomas Pieters +8500 +6600 N/A
Alex Noren +9000 +7000 N/A
Charl Schwartzel +9000 +6000 +4000
Matthew Fitzpatrick +9000 +8000 +10000
Russell Henley +9000 N/A +20000
J.B. Holmes +10000 +10000 +10000
Matt Kuchar +10000 +6600 +6000
Bill Haas +10000 +12500 +12500
Lee Westwood +10000 +10000 +10000
Patrick Reed +11000 +3300 +5000
Jimmy Walker +11500 +6600 +7500
Kevin Kisner +12500 +15000 +15000
Zach Johnson +13500 +8000 +6600
Charley Hoffman +14000 +15000 +15000
Emiliano Grillo +14000 +12500 N/A
Gary Woodland +14000 +8000 N/A
Shane Lowry +16500 +12500 +12500
Rafa Cabrera-Bello +17500 +12500 +12500
Bernd Wiesberger +17500 N/A N/A
Soren Kjeldsen +18500 +25000 N/A
Jason Dufner +18500 +15000 +15000
Danny Willett +18500 +6000 +2800
Martin Kaymer +19000 +15000 +17500
Ryan Moore +19500 N/A +15000
Hudson Swafford +20000 N/A N/A
Ross Fisher +20000 N/A N/A
Byeong-Hun An +21500 +12500 N/A
Angel Cabrera +22500 N/A +15000
Francesco Molinari +25000 N/A N/A
Brendan Steele +25000 N/A N/A
Kevin Na +25000 +15000 N/A
Pat Perez +30000 N/A N/A
Jhonattan Vegas +30000 N/A N/A
Andy Sullivan +30000 +15000 +15000
Jim Furyk +32500 +10000 +8000
Russell Knox +33500 N/A N/A
Scott Piercy +40000 N/A N/A
Kevin Chappell +40000 N/A N/A
Jeung-Hun Wang +42500 N/A N/A
Hideto Tanihara +44000 N/A N/A
Chris Wood +45000 N/A N/A
Bernard Langer +50000 N/A +40000
Webb Simpson +50000 N/A N/A
Si-Woo Kim +50000 N/A N/A
Steve Stricker +50000 N/A N/A
Fred Couples +60000 N/A +50000
All Others Listed At +60000 or above N/A N/A
Ernie Els +90000 N/A +25000
Jamie Donaldson N/A N/A +15000
Bryson DeChambeau N/A +12000 +8000
Luke Donald N/A N/A +15000
Kiradech Aphibarnrat N/A +22500 N/A
Smylie Kaufman N/A +15000 +8000
Anirban Lahiri N/A +25000 N/A
Keegan Bradley N/A N/A +25000
Danny Lee N/A +15000 N/A
Tiger Woods N/A +2200 +6600
Graeme McDowell N/A N/A +25000
Billy Horschel N/A N/A +17500
Ian Poulter N/A +15000 +15000

A lot has changed over the last few months including an incredible surge by Dustin Johnson. He’s now the clear +560 favorite followed by Rory (+690) and Spieth (+725). Jason Day has run into some issues and moved out to +1955, while other players like Jon Rahm (+2000) and Justin Thomas (+3405) have improved their odds mightily since last season.

Last year’s Masters winner Danny Willett was listed at just 28:1 at Bovada back in August but moved to 60:1 in January. He’s now at 185:1 at 5Dimes so oddsmakers and bettors don’t like his chances of repeating whatsoever. For the casual golf fans, Tiger Woods is still injured and will not participate in the 2017 Masters. This is unfortunate for sportsbooks since public bettors love taking Tiger, but now those bets have been refunded.

Are there any golfers offering value to win the Masters this week? Some of the staff at Sports Insights lend their thoughts:

Dan M: Louis Oosthuizen +5500

My pick for the Masters this year is Louis Oosthuizen at +5500. I wanted to pick a player who has been playing pretty well lately, and has played well at the Masters before. Oosthuizen has made the cut in all of his starts over the last 6+ months, and has finished in the top 25 of the Masters in the last 3 years. There was also a 2nd-place playoff finish in 2012 at Augusta, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s won a major tournament before (The Open 2010). There’s a lot to like, a good price, and I think a bet on the Top 10 at +550 is also worth it.

Biff T: Lee Westwood +10000

At 43 years old, Lee Westwood is past his prime. However, this bloke loves playing at Augusta. Since 2010, he has five top 10 finishes and one 11th place finish at the Masters. Last year, he finished in a tie for second with Jordan Spieth. Given Westwood’s consistency in this tournament, 100/1 odds provide great value for a guy who has come so close to a green jacket so many times. Bet Lee Westwood at +10000 and you’ll be seeing green, too (see what I did there?).

There are also plenty of prop bets available around the market and here are some notable ones via BetOnline:

Will any player shoot 62 or lower in a round?
Yes +1200, No -2500

Who will win the Masters?
Johnson/Spieth/McIlroy +200, Field -260

Will there be a hole-in-one?
Yes -150, No +120

Will there be an albatross? (double eagle or -3 on one hole)
Yes +1600, No -4000

Will any player win wire-to-wire? (lead or share lead after every round)
Yes +1000, No -2000

Will Dustin Johnson win wire-to-wire?
Yes +3300, No -10000

Source: SportsInsights