Big thanks to Sergio Garcia for helping me hit on $20 at 35-1 in 2017 — picking winners at Augusta will always hold a special place in my heart. When it comes to “return on investment,” singling golf tournament winners pays well. Where else can you bet $10 on the favorite and win $100? If we eliminate Sandy Lyle, “Woosie”, Larry Mize, Jose Maria Olazabal and the three amateurs; picking winners is 1/80 which is difficult, however 10/1 on the world No. 1 isn’t bad.
Reports from Georgia indicate the golf course is playing firm and fast which opens the door to those that know how to get around Amen Corner with finesse. The player that can play position-golf, get to the proper sections of the greens and make putts will win.
One can only imagine the heated scene as green coated-Masters planning committee gathered to plan the 2021 edition, “I’ll be damned if them boys go around our golf course at 20-under par again! Unleash hell, superintendent!”
Dechambeau with his 211 ball speed could win, only if he’s hitting his wedges and putting like he did at the 2020 U.S. Open. “Beware of the wounded golfer,” they say, but Florida State Seminole Brooks Koepka is too wounded for my liking. Another “Nole”, Daniel Berger has been playing well and could make it to Butler Cabin, but doesn’t make my list.
I like value, big payouts, playing styles that suit Augusta and players in a groove. I also like players from Texas, the “Lone Star State” has produced eight winners and 13 green jackets, more than any other state. Originally from Mexico and Colombia respectively, Carlos Ortiz and Sebastián Muñoz were teammates at University of North Texas. I like their games and the value is rich.
Nothing is better than watching the Masters on Sunday, except perhaps getting paid to do it.
Elvis’ Top 10:
- Justin Thomas 11/1 to win and -250 top 20
- Jon Rahm 13/1 and -250 top 20
- Patrick Reed 32/1 to win and -110 top 20
- Viktor Hovland 35/1 and +100 top 20
- Cameron Smith 39/1 and +120 top 20
- Matthew Fitzpatrick 46/1 and +125 top 20
- Abraham Ancer 95/1 and +200 top 20
- Jason Kokrak 120/1 and +225 top 20
- Carlos Ortiz 180/1 and +300 top 20
- Sebastián Muñoz 210/1 and +333 top 20
Elvis’ Top Five $20 Plays for a $100 Total:
- Justin Thomas 11/1 to win
- Patrick Reed 32/1 to win
- Cameron Smith 39/1 to win
- Carlos Ortiz +300 top 20
- Sebastián Muñoz +333 top 20
Odds for the 2021 Masters Field:
|Si Woo Kim||160/1|
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