2021 Masters Betting Preview: 3 Players to Buy After Strong Performances at the Valero Texas Open
Steve Dykes/Getty Images. Pictured: Gary Woodland
The comeback is complete for Jordan Spieth.
We all could see this coming as the four-time major champion put his game back together over the past few months, but Spieth’s two-stroke win at the Valero Texas Open really cements that the 28-year-old is back. Spieth will now go into the 2021 Masters with all of the confidence in the world as he looks add a second Green Jacket to his closet.
Several other players will travel from San Antonio to Augusta for the first major of the year. Let’s take a look at the players that will carry the most momentum ahead of the Masters.
3 Buys for The Masters
This list, of course, starts with the man that won the cowboy boots this week at TPC San Antonio. While it wasn’t a perfect week for Jordan Spieth as he struggled to find the short grass off the tee in the first 57 holes, he would seemingly find something from there, as he missed just one fairway the rest of the way.
The off-the-tee game is always the question with Spieth as the other half of his ball-striking and his short game are seemingly always elite. He ranked 3rd in strokes gained tee-to-green at the Valero, 4th on approach, 3rd around the green, and 6th in putting of the players that made it through the cut.
Jordan is dialed in through nearly all aspects of his game, and if he truly found something to lean on off the tee, he will be a force to be reckoned with at Augusta National starting on Thursday. There is very little to dislike about his game right now. It’s a scary thought for all other contenders as the Texan has some incredible course history at Augusta.
Matt Wallace fell short on Sunday as he struggled to score. The Englishman carded just one birdie through 15 holes before netting back-to-backs on 16 and 17 en route to 2-under 70. It was a solid weekend for Wallace, but it wasn’t the final round that the 54-hole co-leader imagined at the start of Sunday.
All that said, I’m still really encouraged by the Hillingdon, England native’s consistent play throughout the week. Wallace averaged 2.32 strokes on approach through four rounds and even though he lost the putter on Sunday, his short game is a strength for him and something that will bounce back as he heads to his third career Masters appearance. I am a buyer of Wallace heading into the week at +15000 and certainly as a value play in DFS.
My final buy going into next week at The Masters is Gary Woodland. He came seemed to be searching for something ahead of the Valero Texas Open and I am going to say that he found it. Woodland’s weekend rounds reflected the ball-striking we used to know from the former U.S. Open Champion as he gained more than 4.2 strokes on the field with his ball-striking over 36 holes one the weekend. He was able to string that together to climb his way into a tie for 6th on the week.
Gary will look to improve on his recent results at Augusta National where he has missed the cut in four of his last five appearances.
Valero Texas Open Final Strokes Gained Data (Avg/Rd)
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