2016 Masters Preview: Can Jordan Speith Repeat?
The “tradition unlike any other” rages on this week, as the 2016 Masters barrels in for the events 80th run. Jordan Spieth will be front and center, as he aims to repeat as Masters champion, while living legend Tiger Woods continues to sit due to health issues.
As great as Spieth was in 2015, his 2016 run hasn’t been quite as amazing, as he has just one win under his belt through the first three months of the PGA schedule and won’t even tee off as the odds on favorite.
The 2016 Masters officially starts on Thursday, April 6th, with a champion being crowned on Sunday, April 7th at Augusta National.
The title of favorite goes to Jason Day (7/1 odds to win the Masters), while Spieth (17/2) and Rory McIlroy (9/1) are right behind him as the second and third best guess for this year’s winner.
It may not be quite that easy, though. Those are three of the best golfers in the world, but following close behind them are two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson (12/1), a red hot Adam Scott (12/1), the always savvy Phil Mickelson (15/1) and another streaking golfer in Rickie Fowler (15/1).
Scott comes in red hot and won in 2013, while the unorthodox Watson is a threat at any tournament and has won two of the last four years.
Guys like Dustin Johnson (20/1), Henrik Stenson (25/1) and Justin Rose (30/1) give you major bang for your buck and still have solid odds coming in, while they’ve also been golfing at a high level and could be sleepers right on the cusp of the favorites conversation.
Real sleepers coming in beyond the 30/1 odds threshold, of course, which could have you keeping an eye on the likes of Charl Schwartzel (35/1), Hideki Matsuyama (40/1), Brandt Snedeker (50/1), Patrick Reed (50/1), Zach Johnson (50/1) and Brooks Koepka (65/1).
Those are the usual suspects in the sleeper field, but a few other guys to consider as upset picks are Kevin Kisner (85/1), Harris English (100/1), Charley Hoffman (100/1) and J.B. Holmes (125/1).
The big names dominate the Masters usually, but a lot of these guys have enjoyed great seasons, are coming in hot or just have such amazing odds for betting purposes that we can’t ignore them. Kisner especially fits the mold, as he has four top-10 finishes and a win under his belt coming into the 2016 Masters. This is also his first go around at Augusta and he’s been openly admitting it’s a dream come true.
Who Gets the Green Jacket?
Day makes sense as the favorite. No one is hotter in terms of PGA Tour wins, as he’s won an incredible six tournaments since last summer. No one else on the Tour has more than two.
That dominance and his elite talent has him in the lead, but the field is just too good to pick the guy on top of the mountain. Instead, I’m looking to another hot golfer who can return better odds and still has just as good of a chance to make it happen: Adam Scott.
Not only did Scott take this event just two years ago, but he’s also enjoying a great 2015 run with two wins and four top-10 finishes. He has finished no worse than 12th in any of his last four tournaments and he’s been first or second in three of those runs.
Scott is on top of his game, has been the top dog at Augusta and despite being a strong favorite, still gives you a decent return on any potential bet with the fifth best odds heading into the Masters.
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