The tradition unlike any other has finally returned.
Roughly seven months after it was originally scheduled to be played in its typical mid-April date, the Masters will finally be played in a rather unfamiliar fall atmosphere after it was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The calendar may be different, but the tradition is still the same, and so is the competition. As we head into the famed tournament, here are five picks to win the green jacket this week.
Bryson DeChambeau +1600
There’s plenty of reason to believe Bryson DeChambeau is going to absolutely run away with this tournament. Back in September, DeChambeau dominated the field by six strokes at the U.S. Open, bombings shots despite the narrow and unforgiving fairways at Winged Foot.
Now, DeChambeau is taking his game to an Augusta National course that’s practically built for a long driver like him with its wide fairways and lack of rough. After a body transformation added about 30 pounds of muscle to his frame, DeChambeau hits the ball longer and higher than anyone else in the field and is a great putter to top it off.
DeChambeau is the favorite, but +1600 is still plenty of value for a guy who could take home the green jacket with ease.
Jon Rahm +2000
It seems like it’s only a matter of time before Jon Rahm earns himself a green jacket. Rahm’s rare combination of power and putting ability makes him a perfect fit for Augusta National, and he’s proved that with back-to-back top-10 finishes at the Masters, finishing fourth in 2018 and in a tie for ninth last year.
Rahm has the game required to thrive at Augusta National. He has a strong history at the course and is entering the weekend playing great golf with three top-five finishes in his last five appearances. Those +2000 odds are just too great to pass up for someone who could easily win the entire tournament.
Hideki Matsuyama +3300
After falling just short of his first PGA title since 2017 last week with a furious comeback in the final round of the Houston Open last weekend, Hideki Matsuyama enters this weekend’s tournament with a ton of momentum. Matsuyama’s finished with a blemish-free closing round on Sunday, finishing 7-under 63 on the day with seven birdies.
Matsuyama has all the tools to win his first major at Augusta National this weekend and with the eye-popping performance to close last weekend, it’s clear he’s playing some of the best golf of his career. At +3300, there’s plenty of value on Matsuyama.
Tony Finau +3300
At some point, Tony Finau is going to win a major, and with his strong history at Augusta National including a fifth-place finish last year, there’s a good chance this is his shot.
Finau is everything you look for in a potential Masters winner, particularly with his driver. He’s one of the longest hitters in the field and has absolutely dominated on the par-5s over the last two years, playing them at a total of 23-under.
At +3300 odds, Finau has strong value as someone who could easily be a contender in the final round.
Sungjae Im +6600
Though he hasn’t looked near as strong as we saw him at the beginning of the 2020 season when he won The Honda Classic to kick off three straight top-10 finishes, Sungjae Im clearly has that level of play in him and could rise to the occasion at Augusta National.
Though this is his first appearance at the Masters, Sungjae Im is a long hitter who checks every box as a potential winner. He has shown the potential to implode if things don’t go his way, but he has way too much upside to not consider him at longshot +6600 odds.