2022 Masters Betting Market Report: Fading Collin Morikawa & Other Popular Bets Outside of Tiger Woods
Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images. Pictured: Collin Morikawa
Believe it or not, Tiger Woods isn’t the only player teeing it up at Augusta this week for the 2022 Masters.
Tiger, of course, is the most popular bet this week. It doesn’t matter the market, most of the tickets and dollars are on Woods in some way.
While much of the general public will hop on Woods hoping he wins his sixth Green Jacket, bettors are finding other ways to invest in the tournament as well.
It’s a Masters field that may be as wide open as ever when it comes to who can win.
“Besides Tiger, the depth of the field is the story to me,” SuperBook VP of Risk Management and golf oddsmaker Jeff Sherman said. “Usually there are only 8-to-10 guys who can win it. It’s deeper than that this year with so many good, young golfers. Just look at Scottie Scheffler. It didn’t take him long to pass guys who’ve been in the top five for a long time.”
But there’s no real consensus who the top guy is beyond Tiger.
The biggest non-Tiger liability at PointsBet is…Kevin Kisner? Yes, Kisner coming off his strong Match Play performance carrying triple-digit odds has enough interest that the books prefer he’d finish 20th. He’s followed by Shane Lowry, Will Zalatoris and Brooks Koepka.
Koepka, playing in his comfortable setting of a major tournament, is the biggest liability outside of Tiger at BetMGM.
Tiger’s good friend Justin Thomas is popular, of course. He has the highest non-Tiger handle at PointsBet and BetMGM. He’s third at FanDuel.
FanDuel’s biggest liability outside of Tiger is the golfer who might be playing better than anyone not named Scheffler right now: Cameron Smith.
Sherman noted there has been constant support for Augusta favorite Jordan Spieth, who is one of the top liabilities at SuperBook with +1800 odds.
The player sharps are fading in Las Vegas? Collin Morikawa. It wasn’t long ago Morikawa was +1200 to win the Masters. Now at +2000, sharps have made plays against him in the matchup market versus Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson. They’re betting Morikawa to miss the cut as well as finish outside the top 20.
“Sharps feel his game hasn’t translated here just yet,” Sherman said.
Joining Morikawa on the fade list at SuperBook is Adam Scott.
Deeper down the board, heavy play has come in on Louis Oosthuizen at +5000 at SuperBook.
For Sherman, most of his personal plays came earlier in the year. He was able to snag both Scheffler and Smith at +3500, but he admits he’d stay away from their current prices.
In the current market, he finds himself heading toward Koepka.
“He’s actually in good form in tournaments he hasn’t concentrated on in the past, ” Sherman said. “With good form and so much focus on the Masters, I think anything +2000 or higher has some value. He’s one of the few guys I can say that for.”