The Masters

The Green Jacket – sport’s most sought after piece of clothing is up for grabs yet again as the US Masters gets underway at the iconic Augusta National in Georgia this week. The time-honoured event is circled on the calendar by the golfing world every year due to it’s tradition, narratives, the field and the immaculate course on which it’s played, making it the best event the sport has to offer.

Scottie Scheffler heads the betting, and goes in as the short-priced favourite on the back of his incredible form of late ($5 with Wishbet). It’s no shock that the best chances to beat him according to the market is Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy, while the usual’s find themselves in the $10-20 mark such as Xander Schauffele, Brookes Koepka and Jordan Speith. A strong contingent of Aussies will also drive down Magnolia Lane as they aim to lure the prestigious jacket, with former winner Adam Scott accompanied by fellow major winners Jason Day and Cam Smith, as well as crowd favourite Min Woo Lee.

WISHTIPS

KEY PLAYERS

Scottie Scheffler

Scottie Scheffler has sat atop of the world golf rankings for over 45 weeks now and is showing no signs of giving up the throne anytime soon, winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in dominant fashion before taking out his second Players Championship a week later. The Texan arrives at Augusta off a second place in Houston and looks primed for a big weekend. With his putting game now dialed in, he is far and away the most in-form and well-rounded golfer in the field, and will be somewhere there abouts come Sunday. Is he a betting prospect at $5? Probably not.

Price: $5


Hideki Matsuyama

If you like past champions, Hideki Matsuyama might be the play for you. The Japanese star arrives down Magnolia Lane having yet to miss a cut this season and has one more PGA Tour win under his belt after an incredible final round at Riviera won him the Genesis Invitational. Other recent results include T12 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, T6 at the Players Championship and T7 at last week’s Valero Texas Open. As shown in 2021, Matsuyama has all the attributes to take out the Masters and ticks plenty of boxes from a betting perspective.

Price: $18


Joaquin Niemann

LIV dynamite Joaquin Niemann lines up in his fifth Masters this week and is in the best form of his career. The 25-year old has won three of his last six tournaments and top-five in three more. The Chilean has found a version of himself that thrives under pressure and now it begs the question, can he do it on the biggest stage. A win in Riviera last year, coupled with his improved results year-on-year at the Masters suggests his game suits Augusta. Niemann profiles perfectly to improve on his T16 finish last year and is a nice betting prospect to take out the event at $26 on Wishbet.

Price: $26


Robert Henley

After finishing T4 in last year’s Masters, Robert Henley is back this year in some of the best form of his career. The Georgia local has turned in some extremely impressive performances on the PGA Tour this year, including two T5 finishes in his last three events. While he’s not long off the tee, his game clearly works to the intricacies of Augusta National with 31st being his worst result from six starts. His approach game came to the floor in Texas last week, which will be vital again here. There’s value here.

Price: $56


Sungjae Im

We have to go back to 2009 to find a Masters winner at $100+, but Sungjae Im could be worth considering if you’re looking for something at odds. The South Korean has struggled to find form in 2024, however returns to a course he loves (T2, CUT, T8,T16 in four appearances). He also finished T2 at Genesis last year. While recent form is an important indicator when betting on the Masters, perhaps the 26-year old can draw on past experiences to gain confidence here and get back on the horse. While he’s impossible to bet on based on recent form, as someone who clearly enjoys the challenges of Augusta, he profiles nicely at odds.

Price: $81

WISHTIPS

BETTING STRATEGY

Best Bet: Hideki Matsuyama

Price: $18

Best Roughie: Russell Henley (Top 10)

Price: $4.25