2020 Masters Tournament Betting Picks: Our Favorite Prop Bets at Augusta National
Harry How/Getty Images. Pictured: Bubba Watson
The Masters is always the most popular betting event on the golf calendar and there is every reason to believe that this year’s unprecedented installment at Augusta will be bigger than ever.
With that being the case, bookmakers have been plenty busy posting a variety of props for this week’s trip down Magnolia Lane.
Here are the players were backing with our favorite prop bets for the 2020 Masters:
Bubba Watson Top-10 Finish (+275)
I’ve written this a few times in the past month or so, but it’s worth revisiting now: There are specific reasons why Bubba plays well at certain events on a regular basis.
For a guy who admits he doesn’t like crowds, Augusta National provides a perfect environment, with no extraneous people inside the ropes and many shots being played further away from galleries than usual. There is effectively a bit more of a cocoon at this course, which means it doesn’t only fit him from a physical perspective of hitting big lefty cuts all over the place, but a mental standpoint with a comfortability factor.
Of course, with no fans in attendance this week, that should only serve him better – and perhaps it helps explain some of his recent results. Watson is fresh off finishes of T-7 and T-4 in his last two starts, so a top-10 prop should be right up his alley.
Cam Smith Top-20 Finish (+225)
I think Smith is poised for a solid week.
He got off to a slow start when the TOUR returned from hiatus, but he’s steadily improved his results since then. He’s made 10 straight cuts and is entering the week off a fourth-place finish at the Zozo Championship.
Smith now has four top-20 finishes in his last seven starts and two of the non-T20s saw him end up 22nd and 24th.
The Aussie also has shown the ability to play well at Augusta, taking fifth in 2018.
Kevin Kisner Top-20 Finish (+333)
There will be a lot of talk this week about the importance of length off the tee, but the short game will be a vital aspect for contenders at Augusta National as well. Kevin Kisner fits the mold of the latter, as he is one of the top putters on TOUR.
The former Georgia Bulldog plays a bit of a home game this week, and it has shown in making the cut in each of the last four years. He has hovered around the Top 20 without breaking through in each of those appearances, but Kisner has the game and shown the recent form to accomplish that at good odds this week.
Matthew Fitzpatrick Top-10 Finish (+400)
Currently the 19th-ranked player in the world, Matthew Fitzpatrick could be a bit undervalued in the betting market.
Fitz excels in three statistical categories that are crucial at Augusta: Approach, putting and short game. He ranks 17th in the field in Strokes Gained: Short game, 6th in Strokes Gained: Putting, and 5th in Strokes Gained: Approach.
Hitting your spots with a dialed-in approach game is an absolute must at Augusta, and golfers need to be able to get up and down around the green to make par.
We have seen golfers with Fitzpatrick’s skillset fare very well at The Masters in the past, and great approach play and short game could propel the Englishman to a top-10 finish at Augusta.