Scottie Scheffler Unseats Jon Rahm As World No. 1: Match Play Win Puts Masters Odds Among Favorites
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Scottie Scheffler Masters Odds
Following his third win in the last two months, Scottie Scheffler is the No. 1 golfer in the world.
Scheffler beat Dustin Johnson in the semifinals of the WGC-Dell Match Play on Sunday morning, before taking down Kevin Kisner in the finals at Austin Country Club.
On Saturday, the former University of Texas standout beat reigning champion Billy Horschel in the Round of 16 and the red-hot Seamus Power in the quarterfinals.
With Jon Rahm being eliminated in the Round of 16 on Saturday morning, a window was opened for Scheffler to become the Official World Golf Rankings’ top player. He took it.
Not only has Scheffler won three times over the past month and a half on the PGA TOUR, but all three wins have come in big-time events.
The first was at the Waste Management Phoenix Open back in early February, when he took down Patrick Cantlay in a playoff. Three weeks later in Florida, Scheffler beat Tyrrell Hatton, Billy Horschel and Viktor Hovland by one stroke.
It’s the next step in Scheffler’s ascension toward golf’s elite, which began after the PGA TOUR resumed play in the summer of 2020. Since then, Scheffler has finished in the top 20 in all six majors that have taken place, including four top-10 finishes.
Speaking of majors, there’s one coming up, in case you weren’t aware.
Scheffler was originally in the field for next week’s Valero Texas Open, but he opted out of that and will tee it up next at the Masters. He has made two starts at Augusta National, and those were the two non-top-10 finishes in majors since the start of 2020. He has gone T19 and T18 over the past two years at the Masters.
In the fall, before he registered his first PGA TOUR win in Phoenix, Scheffler was available around 40-1 at most sportsbooks. Good luck finding that price now.
On Saturday night, Scheffler was +2800 to win the 2022 Masters at PointsBet. That number was +2200 at both BetMGM and DraftKings. Caesars had him at +2500.
Well, once he was 3 up on Kisner, those numbers plummeted.
After seven holes in the Match Play final, Scheffler was +1600 at PointsBet, Caesars, DraftKings and FanDuel, while he was +1400 at BetMGM.