Golf and gambling go together like vodka and tonic. Why do you think they came up with a handicap system? So that golfers of all levels could compete on an even playing field. And by “compete,” I mean gamble. There’s more money exchanged every day at golf courses than horror houses – especially when it comes to the 2016 Masters Tournament.
Golf betting has become a very popular pastime. You can bet on odds to win a tournament, head-to-head matchups and even props like, “Will there by a hole-in-one at the Masters?”
BookMaker.eu has its share of interesting props in this weekend’s first major.
Top Picks for Masters Prop Bets
Most Strokes Recorded on Any Hole by Any Player – Over/Under 8
The first factor that must be considered at the Masters this week is the weather. Windy conditions are in the forecast on Thursday and Friday, and it’s still unseasonably chilly. Players who are out early in the morning could find themselves in a lot of trouble, and we just can’t see every player in this field avoiding the dreaded quadruple bogey on the Par 4s or a triple on the Par 5s.
Heck, even the top dogs of this tournament could feasibly have some bad results over the course of the first two days while the weather is expected to be lousy.
Highest 18-Hole Score in Any Round – Over/Under 82.5
They say the worse you play at golf, the more bang for your buck you get. Ben Crenshaw did just that at the Masters last year. He shot a 91 on Thursday and an 85 on Friday, compiling a whopping +32 score over the two days.
Crenshaw, though, isn’t going to be a part of the field this year, and that takes away the worst player to step foot on the course at the Augusta National Golf Club, for the most part. However, there are still some seniors out there that don’t have the length to be competitive on this course. This price has steamed upward, especially with the bad weather in play.
Final Strokes Under Par for the Winner
-1 to -5 +285
-6 to -10 +125
-10 or Better +185
Even Par or Worse +1015
The conditions at the Masters have been pretty good in recent years, and that’s why this becomes a sticky situation for bettors to try to figure this one out. The last eight Masters winners have all carded at least -8 scores, and five of those eight have reached that coveted -10 or better mark.
That said, this year, we think the value lies in the -1 to -5 because of the weather conditions. The wind could play a real part here, as it did in 2007 when Zach Johnson won the tournament at +1. There actually hasn’t been a Masters winner finish in that -1 to -5 range since Nick Faldo in 1989, but this could be the year where all of that changes.
2016 Masters Winner:
Jordan Spieth/Jason Day/Rory McIlroy (+200) vs. The Field (-250)
At first blush, it feels like the field is the right answer to this, but let’s remember that the Masters is the smallest of all of the major tournament fields. There are only 89 entrants in the 2016 Masters.
Seven of those men are over-50 past champions, and it would be a bit suprising if any of the seven made the cut, let alone had a chance to actually win this event. There are also six amateurs in the field.
Realistically, that cuts the number of real contenders against Spieth, Day and McIlroy down to just 75. Spieth went wire-to-wire last year, Day is the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, and he’s now won both at the WGC – Dell Match Play and the Arnold Palmer already this year, and he captured the PGA Championship for his first major last year.
A price of 2 to 1 on the three best golfers on the planet at the moment is too good to pass on for the top Masters picks, even against a field of 86 others.
Will the Winner Cry on the 18th Green?
If Bubba Watson claims his third Green Jacket at the 2016 Masters, the +325 odds will cash with ease. Watson was balling on the green at the past two wins. If it’s one of the Big Three, there’s no chance of the “YES” hitting: they expect to win every day. The only other way this prop cashes is if one of the aging veterans on tour takes home the crown.
Here are the remaining Masters prop odds offered at BookMaker.eu:
What Type of Putter Will the Winner Use on the Final Green?
Which Company Will the Winner’s Sponsor Be?
*Logo must be worn on hat
UNDER ARMOR +725
Who Will the Winner Hug First (Excluding Caddy)?
WIFE HOLDING CHILD +185
NO HUG +825
Will There Be a Playoff?
Other Interesting Masters Props:
Lowest 18 – hole score in any round
OVER 66.5 +135
UNDER 66.5 -160
Highest 18-hole score in any round
OVER 82.5 -120
UNDER 82.5 EV
Age of winner
OVER 30.5 -110
UNDER 30.5 -110
Will there be a wire-to-wire winner?
1 SHOT +305
2 SHOTS +425
3 SHOTS +525
4 SHOTS OR MORE +345
Which amateur will have the best finish?
BRYSON DECHAMBEAU -145
DEREK BARD +1215
ROMAIN LANGASQUE +385
JIN CHENG +405
PAUL CHAPLET +2050
SAMMY SCHMITZ +3050
NORTH AMERICA -135
GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND +405
CONTINENTAL EUROPE +825
REST OF THE WORLD +825
RAFAEL CABRERA BELLO +600
KEVIN KISNER +750
ANDY SULLIVAN +700
JUSTIN THOMAS +750
DANIEL BERGER +1200
EMILIANO GRILLO +1500
RUSSELL KNOX +1500
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT +1500
SMYLIE KAUFMAN +1400
DAVID LINGMERTH +1400
BRYSON DECHAMBEAU +1600
CAMERON SMITH +2000
TROY MERRITT +2200
JIM HERMAN +2500
FABIAN GOMEZ +2500
ROMAIN LANGASQUE +5000
JIN CHENG +5500
DEREK BARD +8000
PAUL CHAPLET +15000
SAMMY SCHMITZ +20000
BERNHARD LANGER +225
VIJAY SINGH +225
DAVIS LOVE III +275
MARK OMEARA +1200
TOM WATSON +2000
IAN WOOSNAM +4000
SANDY LYLE +5000
LARRY MIZE +6600
Will Jack Nicklaus’ Ceremonial First Tee Shot Settle in the Fairway?
Will Gary Player’s Ceremonial First Tee Shot Settle in the Fairway?
The 2016 Masters Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10. It will be televised on ESPN on Thursday and Friday, while CBS takes over coverage on Saturday and Sunday.
To learn more about tournament odds, check out 2016 Masters Tournament Odds: Day, McIlroy and Spieth