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2021 Masters Tournament: Latest betting odds, favorites and sleeper picks for Augusta National Golf Club

Justin Thomas practice round before 2021 Masters
Justin Thomas pitches to the No. 1 green during practice Monday for the 85th Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

Justin Thomas won't offer a big return, though at 10-1, he should merit attention this week, and Daniel Berger (33-1) presents value

Well, well, well, look who’s back in the winner’s circle. After almost four years of being out of sorts, Jordan Spieth found his game in the early part of 2021, and his path culminated with a victory at his home state’s Valero Texas Open. His mantra lately has been “keeping things light,” and things couldn’t be lighter for Spieth after he finally broke through heading into one of his favorite courses in the world this week.

As for the picks, it was a forgettable week with only Ryan Palmer salvaging a top-20 performance for us. Scottie Scheffler and Doug Ghim were able to make the cut but not make any headway on the field throughout the weekend.

Now, after just a 154-day break from the previous Masters, we arrive at Magnolia Lane once again for the 85th edition of a “tradition unlike any other,” and with some patrons this time. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson broke the under-par record this past fall and will look to be the first golfer to retain the green jacket since Tiger Woods in 2002.

The 2021 Masters might be back in its normal time slot, but it certainly doesn’t lack storylines. Will Dustin Johnson go back-to-back? How will Brooks Koepka look after surgery on his right knee? Coming off his first victory in almost four years, how will Spieth take advantage of a course he loves? Will Rory McIlroy’s new coach propel him to the career Grand Slam? Will Bryson DeChambeau’s tactics work better during the traditional spring Masters, rather than the autumn edition? Will Woods show up to the Champions Dinner? So much is on the table for the second week in April, with plenty to consider when making picks.

According to William Hill, Dustin Johnson is the favorite, at 9-1. Next up are Players champion Justin Thomas and last week’s winner, Jordan Spieth, at 10-1. U.S. Open victor Bryson DeChambeau was 11-1, and No. 3-ranked Jon Rahm was 12-1. To round out the notables, Rory McIlroy, at 14-1, will be looking to be the first to bring a green jacket to the Emerald Isle.

For our favorite, Justin Thomas at 10-1 makes the most sense. There's not a whole lot of value for the Players champion, but out of the top tier, he offers the least amount of risk. For D.J., going back-to-back will be very tough. Spieth could have a winner’s hangover. We don’t know what to expect from DeChambeau, Rahm and his wife just had a child two days ago, and McIlroy is figuring out how to regain his world No. 1 form. Thomas, on the other hand, doesn’t have those distractions and steadily has improved in his five appearances at Augusta National, beginning in 2016: T-39, T-22, T-17 and T-12 before a solo fourth in 2020. Look for the hottest ball-striker in the world to be calm, cool and collected through Sunday in Georgia.

For a high midrange pick, we’re going with Daniel Berger, at 33-1. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am winner has been rock solid throughout the COVID-19 era. He has finished in the top-25 in seven of his past nine starts, including four top-10s, and has gained strokes off the tee in each 2021 event. In three starts at Augusta, he’s never finished worse than 32nd, including a T-10 in his debut, in 2016. Berger aspires to be the No. 1 player in the world, and he could take a big step toward that goal this week.

For a deep sleeper, we're going with the enigmatic Si Woo Kim, at 100-1. Kim has the potential of any player at any given time. The 2021 American Express champion owns a T-9 at the Players, but also three missed cuts and withdrew once in 10 starts this season. As for past Masters performances, Kim owns a couple of top-25s in four appearances. Wagering on Kim might not be the surest bet on the board, but it can certainly be one of the most fun.

Happy Masters week, everyone.

2021 picks scoreboard:

Winners: 2
Top 10s: 6
Top 20s: 7
Misses: 20

Here are some notable odds, according to William Hill:

Dustin Johnson 9-1
Jordan Spieth 10-1
Justin Thomas 10-1
Bryson DeChambeau 11-1
Jon Rahm 12-1
Rory McIlroy 14-1
Xander Schauffele 22-1
Patrick Cantlay 22-1
Brooks Koepka 25-1
Patrick Reed 28-1
Collin Morikawa 30-1
Lee Westwood 30-1
Tony Finau 33-1
Daniel Berger 33-1
Viktor Hovland 33-1
Webb Simpson 35-1
Hideki Matsuyama 35-1
Cameron Smith 35-1
Sungjae Im 35-1
Scottie Scheffler 35-1
Tyrrell Hatton 35-1
Paul Casey 40-1
Tommy Fleetwood 45-1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 45-1
Jason Day 45-1
Sergio Garcia 45-1
Joaquin Niemann 50-1
Bubba Watson 50-1
Adam Scott 66-1
Will Zalatoris 66-1
Louis Oosthuizen 66-1
Justin Rose 70-1
Abraham Ancer 70-1
Harris English 80-1
Corey Conners 80-1
Billy Horschel 80-1
Max Homa 80-1
Jason Kokrak 80-1
Matt Kuchar 80-1
Matt Wallace 80-1
Francesco Molinari 90-1
Matthew Wolff 90-1
Victor Perez 90-1
Shane Lowry 90-1
Brian Harman 90-1
Marc Leishman 100-1
Phil Mickelson 100-1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 100-1
Si Woo Kim 100-1
Ryan Palmer 100-1
Matt Jones 125-1
Cameron Champ 125-1
Dylan Frittelli 125-1
Ian Poulter 125-1
Kevin Kisner 125-1
Danny Willett 125-1
Carlos Ortiz 125-1
Robert Macintyre 125-1
Gary Woodland 125-1
Zach Johnson 150-1
Sebastian Munoz 150-1
Kevin Na 150-1
Bernd Wiesberger 200-1
Brendon Todd 200-1
Lanto Griffin 200-1
Mackenzie Hughes 200-1
Charl Schwartzel 250-1
C.T. Pan 250-1
Martin Laird 250-1
Michael Thompson 250-1
Henrik Stenson 250-1
Brian Gay 300-1
Hudson Swafford 400-1
Jimmy Walker 400-1
Stewart Cink 400-1
Bernhard Langer 500-1
Robert Streb 500-1
Jim Herman 500-1
Ty Strafaci 750-1
Fred Couples 750-1
Joe Long 1000-1
Charles Osborne 1000-1
Mike Weir 1000-1
Vijay Singh 1000-1
Jose Maria Olazabal 1500-1
Sandy Lyle 2500-1
Larry Mize 2500-1
Ian Woosnam 4000-1

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