Perry: My Favorite Props for the 2019 Masters
Rob Schumacher, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Tony Finau
- The 2019 Masters begins on Thursday, April 11 at Augusta National Golf Course.
- Josh Perry analyzes his favorite player props for the Masters including Top Debutant, Top 20s and more.
One of the best parts of Masters week from a gambling stand point: the seemingly endless array of prop options.
We usually get the Top 5, Top 10s and Top 20s each week along with the first round leader option, but outside of that, it can be slim pickings during a normal week.
There are a couple that caught my eye this week.
Pick: Matt Wallace +450
Wallace is the co-favorite in the group of Masters first timers with Eddie Pepperell. He’ll also be up against guys like Lucas Bjerregaard, Keith Mitchell and Aaron Wise.
Everyone in this group will have those Augusta jitters teeing it up for the first time, so that’s a wash here.
With Wallace, we have decent form on our side heading in. Four of his last eight results were in the top 20 and he missed the cut just once in that time frame. In this group, no one outside of Justin Harding can match that type of consistency over the past couple months.
Augusta is a tough place the first time around, so a top 25 may be enough to win this bet for any of these players. We’ve seen a few months of good results from Wallace coming in and that’s what I’m looking for with this group.
Top Former Winner
The pick: Sergio Garcia +1100
With Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth as the top two in this group, I think this is a prop where we can take advantage.
I’ve bet Garcia to win at +7000, so naturally I think there’s a decent chance he can come out ahead here.
Woods and Spieth haven’t been near their best so far this year, meanwhile Garcia has been racking up top 10s for a few months now.
I actually think the biggest threat to him is Bubba Watson at +600. But with Bubba almost half the number, I just like Sergio’s price more.
Obviously there are a few other guys like Phil Mickelson or Patrick Reed who could come out ahead, but Garcia is a worse number than all of them and I see him having the form to beat these guys.
The picks: Tony Finau (+115) and Matt Kuchar (+125)
The top 20s have gone well for me so far this year and I feel good about getting plus money on some solid players in a small field with an extremely weak bottom quarter.
I like Finau any week he’s not on Bermuda greens. This week he’ll be playing on the Bentgrass of Augusta, so his biggest weakness will be negated. He was 10th in his debut last year and had three top 20s in Majors last year and six in his 11 career major starts.
I’ll back Finau at every Major the books will give us that plus next to his name.
I’m also going to back the consistent Kuchar at plus money. He’s got a couple top 10s in his last two starts and is in the middle of one of the best seasons of his career.
The Masters has also been a good spot to Kuch in the past with four top 10s in his last seven starts. Again, that plus money with a golfer of Kuchar’s consistency will draw me in every time.