2019 Masters First Round Betting Picks: Eyeing a Few Longshots and Matchups


Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Charley Hoffman

Apr 11, 2019, 07:15 AM EDT
  • The first round of the 2019 Masters gets underway on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. ET.
  • Our golf experts give their seven best bets for Round 1 at Augusta National.

We’ve been waiting and anticipating this tournament for a while, and now, it’s finally here.

Below, our golf experts give their seven favorite bets for Thursday’s opening round of the 2019 Masters, which include a Tiger Woods prop, a few players to finish the day in the top 20, a multitude of head-to-head matchups, and, of course, a familiar longshot first-round leader bet.

Let’s get to it.

Scott Miller

Tiger Woods will miss the first fairway +154

Woods is on the record saying he still gets nervous on the first tee, and he’s always struggled on the No. 1 at Augusta. Tiger is 17-over on the first hole, tied for his worst performance on any hole at Augusta National — and a lot of that has to do with the tight landing area off the tee.

Anecdotally, it also seems like Tiger finds himself in the left trees, guarding against going in the massive bunker that squeezes the fairway on the right side.

Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Tiger Woods looks over the 13th green.

The hole is long enough — 445 yards, uphill — that Woods will likely have to hit a fairway wood, at minimum. Remember: No. 1 is also home to one of the toughest greens on the course, and the last thing you want is to be hitting your approach shot with a long iron, so you can’t sacfarice distance for accuracy too much off the tee.

While it’s true that Tiger has more control over his 3-wood than his driver, this line honestly shocked me when I saw it, given his history one the first hole specifically and with driving accuracy more broadly. The odds should still be closer to even; I’d play it down to +120

Joshua Perry

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