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Bookmakers Reveal Favourites for Masters At Augusta

November 10, 2020

- Grant Whittington

Unlike many other major golf championships, the sport’s annual Masters at Augusta has traditionally represented a beacon of consistency – played without exception every year in April in Augusta, Georgia. Until this year, that is.

Due to the unprecedented challenges brought about by a global crisis of devastating proportions, this year saw the famous clash rescheduled to be played on November 12-15. And the jigging of the dates isn’t the only change on the cards for this year’s edition of the famous competition – no spectators, autumn yellows and reds instead of the usual explosion of colour that is spring time in the U.S., colder temperatures, and the probable presence of strong wind and a whole lot of moisture are just some of the conditions awaiting competitors headed for George come mid-November.

Qualification Remains Tight

Remaining largely consistent however, have been the leading favourites expected to emerge atop the scoreboards. According to the bookies, a favourite contender for the Green Jacket is still Bryson DeChambeau (15/2). DeChambeau put up quite the show of performance at this year’s US Open and is expected to hit more of the same impressive types of shots come mid-November.

Even so, DeChambeau will be joined by several high-profile contenders in this year’s competition. In fine swinging form are Jon Rahm (10/1) and Justin Thomas (12/1) – not to mention even 2019 tied for second place-finisher Xander Schauffele (14/1). There’s a Rory McIlroy (11/1) bound to try and chase down guns-a’-blazing a complete career Grand Slam, and a Bubba Watson not exactly in shabby form – form that has twice in the past helped him towards impressive Augusta victories.

Bookies Take On The Outsiders

Aside from the obvious favourites, the bookies have also named a few outsiders warranting pre-event airtime on the odds predictions this year:

  • Patrick Reed (22/1). A previous Augusta winner, Patrick Reed impressed no end at this year’s Zozo Championship. Consistency in swinging may have interfered with his recent performances from time to time, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still regarded a frightfully deadly force to be reckoned with once over the 100-yards border.
  • Matthew Wolff (33/1). The undisputed brightest rising star of the PGA Tour right now, Wolff, at only 21 years old, has finished among the top-5 in both his previous major appearances.
  • Scottie Scheffler (40/1). The holder of a tied number four-finish at the PGA Championship, Scheffler is in all fairness no longer deserving of being regarded an amateur of the sport. A modern and dangerous player all rolled into one is Scottie Scheffler – and definitely not a tiger to be taken on with bare hands.
  • Louis Oosthuizen (50/1). Winged Foot saw Oosthuizen finish in a totally surprising second place. A top-thirty Augusta finisher in five out of the last six years playing in the Masters in George, the South African may create a fair share of upsets on the odds-lines yet.

What The Field May Look Like

This year’s field, if anything, is a mixed bag. Still – every entry is the result of a special invitation preceded by a Top 50 standing on the Official World Golf Rankings list.

Though many changes led to what we’re about to witness come November 12, what hasn’t changed are the traditional qualification requirements. The field then, will essentially be made up of past Augusta champions, recent Major high-rankers, recent PGA Tour 1st place finishers, and in general, sportsmen at the peak of their game.

Notable absences this year include Sergio Garcia, Daniel Berger, Victor Hovland, Harris English, Ryan Palmer, and, of course, rising star Joaquin Niemann – the first Chilean ever to win golf’s beloved PGA Tour.

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