2023 Masters Odds: Jon Rahm Favored After Stellar Round 1; Hovland, Koepka Tied for Lead
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2023 Masters Odds
Odds via BetMGM as of Thursday 7:14 p.m. ET.
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The story at the start of Viktor Hovland’s Thursday round at the Masters was his shirt. By the end, it was his dominant play.
Hovland stormed out of the gates with an eagle on the par-5 second hole and then birdied Nos. 6, 8 and 9 for a front-nine 31.
Unfortunately for Hovland, he has some of golf’s biggest names right on his tail.
Pick: Viktor Hovland To Win the Masters
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Did you bet on Rahm and get immediately concerned after he four-putted on the first hole en route to a double bogey? Well, you weren’t alone.
You can take solace in the fact that the Spaniard is one of the best — if not the best — player in the world. He played the next seven holes at 5-under and finished the day at 7-under and in a three-way tie for the lead.
Expect to see Rahm’s name toward the top of the leaderboard the rest of the week. After starting the week at +950 at FanDuel, he’s now the betting favorite to win his first green jacket and second career major.
Pick: Jon Rahm Outright
Koepka became the first player to win two LIV Golf events last week with a victory in Tampa. The four-time major champion looked like he was entering Augusta National in good form.
Well, he was.
Koepka had four birdies on the front nine and then had birdies on three of his last four holes to finish at 7-under in a three-way tie with Rahm and Hovland atop the leaderboard.
In the midst of a rejuvenation this year, Day didn’t register a bogey and was 5-under. He was a popular pre-tournament pick this week, as he has been whenever he tees it up in 2023.
The runner-up at the Match Play continues to be locked in. Young birdied the first three holes of his first round and capped it with birdies on 15 and 16, as well, finishing at 5-under in a tie for fourth.
The PGA Tour’s reigning rookie of the year was 10th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational one month ago before an underwhelming 51st at The Players. It appears he brought his Match Play form with him from Austin to Augusta, though.
One of the world’s best players who hasn’t won a major (a gold medal isn’t too shabby, though), Schauffele birdied Nos. 12, 14 and 15 on the back nine to go from a solid first-round performance to serious contention.
Schauffele was playing with Hovland and Tiger Woods, and a 2-under performance on the front nine was perfectly fine. He took it to the next level, though, on the back.
Schauffele missed the cut at the Masters last year, but he has top-five finishes at Augusta on his resume from 2019 and ’21.
Shane Lowry and former Masters champion Adam Scott also delivered 4-under rounds.
Speaking of players at 4-under, Sam Burns’ record at majors was … underwhelming entering the Masters. He missed the cut at Augusta and went T20-T27-T42 at the other three majors. He has five wins since May 2021 on the PGA Tour, though. Coming off the latest win at the Match Play in Austin, Burns played the first three holes at 4-under, with an eagle coming on the par-5 second.
Reigning champion Scottie Scheffler eagled the second hole but couldn’t get going after that. He ended Thursday at 4-under. Fellow former winner Jordan Spieth finished at 3-under.
Also, shoutouts to Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson. Nothing was expected of either former Masters champion this week, but both were 1-under on Thursday. Another solid day on Friday (or whenever the second round ends) will have them in good position to play all four rounds.
Rory McIlroy, who played himself out of contention early in last year’s Masters, had a double bogey on No. 7 and ended Thursday seven strokes behind Rahm, Hovland and Koepka.
Finally, a shoutout to amateur Sam Bennett. He is playing the first two days with Scheffler and Max Homa, and he started brilliantly. Bennett went birdie on No. 1 and eagle on No. 2, following it up with another birdie on No. 6. He finished the day at 4-under.
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