- DraftKings partner, Bryson DeChambeau, opened as the favorite to win the 2020 Masters at +700 odds and fell to +2000 at one point in the first round.
- The Masters opening round was delayed due to poor weather conditions but has since resumed.
- Tiger Woods is currently tied for fourth place after Day 1 of the Masters.
- Paul Casey is currently in first place with a score of -7 and odds of +16000.
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The 2020 Masters Tournament is underway and there have already been a slew of surprises thrown at bettors.
The first surprise is the tournament being delayed because of the weather conditions. After about half an hour of activity, everyone on Augusta National Golf Course was ordered to evacuate until the weather conditions subsided.
For anyone who’s wondering why play is suspended 🌧
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) November 12, 2020
Ironically enough, it is Paul Casey who currently leads that Masters at seven under. But, the current betting odds for The Masters tells a different tale.
Odds To Win The Masters 2020
- Dustin Johnson +600
- Justin Thomas +600
- Xander Schauffele +1100
- Bryson DeChambeau +1400
- Jon Rahm +1400
- Tiger Woods +1400
- Adam Scott +1600
- Paul Casey +1600
- Rory McIlroy +1800
- Matthew Wolff +2000
- Webb Simpson +2000
- Hideki Matsuyama +2200
- Rickie Fowler +2200
- Patrick Cantlay +2500
- Patrick Reed +2500
- Brooks Koepka +2800
- Bubba Watson +3300
- Collin Morikawa +3300
Dustin Johnson, who is currently tied for 12th place in the Tournament, has risen to the top of the odds board. Sports bettors and sportsbooks alike are looking for a major comeback from one of the sport’s elite.
LegalSportsBetting got a chance to talk to Reid Fowler, NFL and PGA TOUR Analyst for DraftKings, about the 2020 Masters and how bettors and DraftKings are looking at the event.
Betting On Bryson DeChambeau
Last week, DraftKings announced they were forming a first-of-its-kind partnership with Professional golfer, Bryson DeChambeau. DraftKings was betting on the U.S. Open champion to advertise the company through branded apparel during the Masters, but also had him coming in as the overall favorite coming into the event with +700 odds to win the green jacket.
But, DeChambeau is currently tied in 21st place finishing two under. Despite the subpar performance in the opening round, Reid Fowler described why now might be the best time to bet on him.
“Golf is tailor-made and it’s suited for [live betting] because you have enough time in between shots where you can make those decisions. A guy like Bryson Dechambeau who was the favorite coming into [The Masters], if at first the odds didn’t make sense to you, now because of where he is and where Paul Casey is now in the tournament leading, you have Bryson Dechambeau on the DraftKings Sportsbook right now at +2000 to win,” said Fowler.
The odds for The Masters fluctuate while the golfers are playing which is why betting live could have its hidden advantages.
What First Time Masters Bettors Should Know
With legal sports betting now available in more states than ever before, more sports bettors are betting on Golf and betting on the Masters than ever before.
Fowler noted that Golf is the fourth most popular fantasy sport at DraftKings and that golf betting has grown ten-fold year over year. However, there were several crucial pieces of information that he said beginners should know.
The first was to bet responsibly. There is no need to bet your mortgage on any golf tournament or sport for that matter. Starting off with a $5 dollar or $1 dollar bet should be enough to get the groove of things.
The second was to not be fooled by early success. Just because a golfer performs well on what are thought to be difficult holes doesn’t mean that they are guaranteed success on the easier holes.
The third piece of advice was to simply listen to the experts. There are plenty of golf analysts on Twitter and the like that can breakdown each course and each golfer’s game so that bettors can make informed decisions before putting any money down.
The fourth key insight had to do more with a direct trend that bettors can hop on if they so choose.
“Usually when you look at the past 10 years for The Masters, the winner has come from, I think Sergio Garcia was the furthest back after round one I think he was six back to then be the champion, a lot of these guys stay within that fourish four strokes back from the leader after day one,” said Fowler.
There is still plenty of golf to be played and plenty of chances for PGA TOUR bettors to hop on the action. The final day of the Masters will be held on November 15.
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