OK, hang on because we’re about to have a whole lot of fun.
It’s Masters week and that means not only one of the four majors of the year (sorry, Players Championship) it means a whole lot of prop bet possibilities.
Now, as we wrote in our main betting story for the Masters, we aren’t going to put Tiger Woods in as one of our picks to win the tournament for a wide variety of reasons.
We may not know a final verdict until his tee time comes on Thursday morning and he’s on–or not on–the first tee. This story was written Monday night so if you’re reading this on Tuesday morning and he’s said he is teeing it up, the whole week just got a lot more exciting.
But, we’re staying away from picking Woods even though there are prop bets on him. We’re going to use DraftKings odds for the prop bets.
As always, shop around the betting market for the best odds on your plays.
Time Again To Bet Our Favorite Prop
It’s paid off in four straight events. We’re going to get +185 that the winner of this year’s tournament won’t be playing in the final group.
Face it, winning a PGA Tour event is no easy task. Winning a major like the Masters ramps up the pressure. Winning as a member of the last group…well, the collar gets a little tighter and the palms get a little sweatier.
As the final groups head for the final few holes, a player in an earlier group can post a good number in the clubhouse and turn up the pressure on the last group.
Unless you’ve been in this situation before, it can be a daunting task.
It Could All Come Down To This
The 72nd hole at the Masters. Does it get any better than this?
Well, yes, if you have a bet on the event being decided on this hole. We will.
There are four options. The winner will: Birdie the 72nd hole at +180. The winner will bogey the 72nd hole at +330. The winner will eagle the 72nd hole at +30000. The winner will par the 72nd hole at +110.
The third and fourth options, eagle or par, are out for us. We’re discounting the eagle because it’s a par-4 and that would require a hole-out from the fairway. Not impossible, but highly unlikely.
The par is out because it’s only +110. Granted, that’s likely to be the winning bet but we’re looking for value. That leaves a birdie or a bogey.
The birdie, at +180, is decent money but having to birdie the final hole to win is tough under any circumstances. Add in that it’s the Masters and it’s that much harder.
We’re going with a bogey for the winner at +330. If you’re thinking we’re crazy, hang on for one minute.
The 18th at Augusta National has never played under par in the tournament’s history. The all-time scoring average in Masters play for the 18th hole is 4.23. That’s over par and that’s a bogey.
Sign us up.
Three For The (Lower) Price Of One
If you’re not confident about picking a winner, they have you covered. Here’s your chance to get three players with a chance to win the Masters.
We like the trio of Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau at +550. We would like this group much better if DeChambeau was coming in healthy and playing well. Right now, he’s neither.
But powerhourses Thomas and Koepka as the other two choices more than make up for the fact DeChambeau may not be at his best.
The Elephant (Or In This Case, Tiger) In The Room
Then there are a few Tiger Woods prop bets out there. We’re going to stay away from betting on Woods (if he plays) for the simple fact there are just too many unknowns about his game.
Most of the props are favoring Woods to have a good week. He’s +6500 to lead after the first round and go on to win. Those odds are the 16th ranked in the field. Pretty good odds for someone coming off a major injury who hasn’t played a Tour event in more than a year.
We’ll be more than impressed if Woods competes this week. But we’re going to stay away from betting on him having a comeback event for the ages.
Best Head-To-Head Matchup
When you’ve got a pretty good bet staring you in the eye, it’s time to pounce.
We’re going to go with Mr. Major (no, it’s not Tiger), Brooks Koepka at +160 to beat Viktor Hovland at +155 and Jordan Spieth at +200.
It’s no secret Koepka lives to compete in the majors. He’s got four of them on his resume. He’s playing well enough to compete this week and while he may not win, we feel he can win this matchup.
How About A Little Pinpoint Accuracy?
One final bet to ponder is the hole-in-one props. Will there be a hole-in-one doesn’t pay off at -175. But, add in a second hole-in-one and the odds skyrocket to +150.
We love those odds.
Since 2010, there have been five tournaments that have produced more than two aces during the Masters. The latest was 2021 when Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas both birdied the par-3 16th, the hole that has produced the most aces in the Masters with 23.
Oh, and if you’re really looking to gamble, betting there will be three or more aces will get you +300 odds.