Leading up to the 80th Masters tournament, nobody has been busier than oddsmaker Jeff Sherman at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Sherman sets the odds and props for every golf event there and this week’s major event at Augusta National Golf Club is the biggest and most highly anticipated of the year.
“It’s my favorite tournament,” said Sherman, who has been making golf odds since 1995. “It’s good to see the (betting) handle keep rising, and people that don’t normally get involved in golf wagering do this week.”
Will 22-year-old American Jordan Spieth become the first repeat winner of the Masters since Tiger Woods in 2002? Spieth is among the favorites to win another green jacket, but did you know you can also wager on his finishing position? Sherman set the Over/Under on Spieth and Irishman Rory McIlroy at 10.5.
Australian Jason Day has the lowest number of anybody on the betting board at O/U 9.5, and it’s no coincidence that he has emerged as the golfer to beat with a career-best second-place finish in 2011.
Day is +700 to win the Masters at the SuperBook followed by Spieth and McIlroy, who are both listed at +800. However, you can also bet on any three of the favorites winning the tourney at +210 or lay a price of -250 against them.
In addition, if you really want to win some big money fading each or all of them, you can wager that they will not even make the cut at +600 apiece. A hefty price of -900 is required to bet on Spieth, McIlroy or Day making the cut.
The O/U for winning score in this year’s Masters is 275.5 at the SuperBook. Spieth tied the record set by Woods in 1997 with an 18-under par 270 last year, although the previous three winners shot 278 or higher, with Bubba Watson winning it twice during that stretch.
Watson’s O/U finishing position is 12.5 this year after he finished in a tie for 38th last year with 2011 winner Charl Schwartzel among six others.
Overall, the SuperBook has 40 props, more than 50 head-to-head matchups and 10 group matchups available to wager on for the Masters. Day is a +220 favorite in Group A, which also includes McIlroy (+240), Spieth (+250) and Watson (+260).
Group B features four more popular golfers, including favorite and 2013 winner Adam Scott (+220), Rickie Fowler (+240), Dustin Johnson (+250) and three-time champ Phil Mickelson (+260), who won it in 2004, 2006 and 2010.
The biggest favorite in any group is 22-year-old amateur Bryson DeChambeau at -175 to win Group J. In 2015, DeChambeau became the fifth golfer ever to win the NCAA Division I championship and the U.S. Amateur title in the same year. He is -145 to make the cut, something he accomplished while participating in the U.S. Open last year. Other golfers in Group J include Romain Langasque (+350), Jin Cheng (+400) and Derek Bard (+800), who was the runner-up to DeChambeau in the U.S. Amateur last year.