Updated 2020 Masters Odds: Justin Thomas the Favorite After Rain-Shortened Thursday, Tiger Woods Moves to 18/1
Patrick Smith/Getty Images. Pictured: Tiger Woods
We’re not even through one round of the 2020 Masters and there is already magic in the air.
Tiger Woods was the provider of said enchantment, finishing the day at Augusta National tied for fourth thanks to a bogey-free 4-under. After teeing off at +4500 ($10 bet wins $450), the defending champ is now down to +1800 and is tied with Matthew Wolff and current leader Paul Casey for sixth on the oddsboard after play was suspended on Thursday due to darkness.
Even though pundits and more seasoned golf speculators didn’t give Tiger much of a chance of contending at Augusta, casual bettors certainly didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to bet The Big Cat at long odds.
“Tiger Woods winning would be the worst result for the sportsbook,” DraftKings director of communications Stephen Miraglia told The Action Network before the tournament started.
You can bet that DK isn’t alone in that position, either. No matter what his odds are, Woods will always get a ton of support from recreational punters. Those bets, even if they are small, will add up — especially when Woods was being offered around 45/1 pre-tournament.
The Masters largest liabilities @SuperBookSports
1) Tiger Woods
2) Bryson DeChambeau
3) Phil Mickelson
— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) November 12, 2020
Things weren’t so magical for pre-tournament favorite Bryson DeChambeau.
DeChambeau finished at a respectable 2-under and is currently tied for 21st with about a dozen other players, but his first 18 holes certainly left interested onlookers underwhelmed with his scoring and, frankly, his overall game.
Not only did DeChambeau hit just 11 of 18 Greens in Regulation (GIR), but his driving accuracy was a pedestrian 57.14% as he hit 8 of 14 fairways. In terms of driving distance, DeChambeau ranked first among all players who completed their rounds with an average of 334 yards, but Rory McIlroy (352) and Cameron Champ (342) are ahead of him, though they still have half of their first 18 holes to go.
DeChambeau is still considered to be one of the tournament favorites and currently sits at +1400 at DraftKings along with Jon Rahm, who finished at 3-under, but he is no longer in the cat-bird seat according to the bookies.
Justin Thomas may have only got through 10 holes before play was suspended, but they were good enough for oddsmakers to put him at the top of the oddsboard on Thursday night. Thomas sparkled from the starting gun, birdieing four of his first five holes and finishing the day at 5-under and two strokes back of Casey.
Dustin Johnson, who is 3-under through 9 holes, is just behind Thomas at +700 with Xander Schauffele sitting third on the board at +1000 following his 5-under performance.
Updated Masters Odds
|Charles Howell III||+15000|
|Erik van Rooyen||+15000|
|Byeong Hun An||+20000|
|Si Woo Kim||+20000|