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Updated Masters 2022 Odds & Outright Betting Pick: Cameron Smith Favored After Round 1

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2022 Masters Odds

Cameron Smith+600
Dustin Johnson+650
Scottie Scheffler+750
Sungjae Im+850
Patrick Cantlay+1200
Joaquin Niemann+1600
Will Zalatoris+2200
Corey Conners+2500
Viktor Hovland+2500
Rory McIlroy+3000
Jon Rahm+3300
Matt Fitzpatrick+3300
Collin Morikawa+4000
Daniel Berger+4000
Tiger Woods+4000
Tony Finau+5000
Tyrrell Hatton+5000
Abraham Ancer+6600
Danny Willett+6600
Hideki Matsuyama+6600
Jason Kokrak+6600
Jordan Spieth+6600
Webb Simpson+8000
Xander Schauffele+8000
Shane Lowry+8000
Brooks Koepka+10000
Harold Varner III+10000
Kevin Na+10000
Justin Thomas+12500
Sergio Garcia+12500
Bryson DeChambeau+15000
Cameron Champ+15000
Lee Westwood+15000
Marc Leishman+15000
Adam Scott+20000
Billy Horschel+20000
Bubba Watson+20000
Lucas Glover+20000
Russell Henley+20000
Talor Gooch+20000
Brian Harman+25000
Harry Higgs+25000
Sam Burns+25000
Charl Schwartzel+30000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout+30000
Erik van Rooyen+30000
Garrick Higgo+30000
Louis Oosthuizen+30000
Max Homa+30000
Padraig Harrington+30000
Patrick Reed+30000
Robert Macintyre+30000
Seamus Power+30000
Sepp Straka+30000
Tommy Fleetwood+30000
Kevin Kisner+35000
Gary Woodland+40000
Mackenzie Hughes+40000
Si Woo Kim+40000
Tom Hoge+40000
Keita Nakajima+50000
Lucas Herbert+50000
Min Woo Lee+50000
Austin Greaser+75000
J.J. Spaun+75000
K.H. Lee+75000
Zach Johnson+75000
Cameron Davis+100000
Ryan Palmer+100000
Stewart Cink+100000
Guido Migliozzi+150000
Takumi Kanaya+150000
Bernhard Langer+300000
Fred Couples+300000
Mike Weir+400000
Odds via BetMGM as of 8 p.m. ET on Thursday
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Sungjae Im has the lead after the first round at the 2022 Masters, although there isn't a shortage of elite players near him on the leaderboard.

Im shot a 5-under 67, and he’s one stroke ahead of Cameron Smith. The Aussie looked like a sure thing to sit atop the leaderboard after one day at Augusta National, but a double-bogey on 18 ruined those hopes. Smith was stellar on Thursday, but he doubled both the first and 18th holes.

Dustin Johnson bogeyed No. 17 and finished at 3-under, alongside fellow former Masters champion Danny Willett, Joaquin Niemann and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler.

Popular pre-tournament picks Corey Conners and Will Zalatoris are joined by Patrick Cantlay and Jason Kokrak at 2-under.

The biggest story of the day was the 1-under round posted by Tiger Woods. In his first competitive round since the November 2020 Masters, golf’s greatest showed a lot of grit and put himself in position to contend.

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The Board

Im might have the lead on the actual leaderboard, but he’s fourth on BetMGM’s odds board.

The Korean trails Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson and Scottie Scheffler, which makes sense. All are in contention with 54 holes to play, and the aforementioned trio has more history of winning, two of them in 2022.

Smith played 16 stellar holes, going 8-under from hole Nos. 2-17. The problem is he double bogeyed both the first and last holes of his round.

In-Tournament Outright Pick

Matt Fitzpatrick +3500

Jason SobelIf your favorite pre-tournament outright plays aren’t near the top of the leaderboard through one round at the Masters Tournament, I’ve got some good news for you — and some bad news.

First, the good: Over the next 48 hours, temperatures here in Augusta are forecasted to drop, while some gusting winds are supposed to whip around this golf course. While Sunday sounds perfect for the final round, we should expect very difficult conditions for the next two.

In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if Thursday’s lead of 5-under turns into something in the 4-under to 2-under range by Saturday evening. That means there should be plenty of live outright betting possibilities.

Now the bad news: As my ex-pod partner Justin Ray of the Twenty First Group tweeted Thursday, each of the last 16 Masters champions were T11 or better after the first round. That statistic is less coincidence than trend and should have us thinking against straying too far down the leaderboard.

All of which leads me to Fitzpatrick, for a few different reasons.

The first is that Fitz is known for playing his best golf in difficult conditions, when pars can help gain ground on the field instead of lose it. In fact, I spoke with him about this recently and it’s not just the numbers which show this; he told me that tougher tests tend to hold his interest more.

Then there’s the fact that following an opening-round 1-under 71, the Englishman is currently T10 on the leaderboard, which also fits that recent trend.

For a player who currently leads the PGA TOUR in total strokes gained, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he’s continued his strong play into this week. Just as it shouldn’t come as a surprise if he continues to grind out pars in difficult conditions over the next 36 holes, giving him a chance to win heading into Sunday’s final round.

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