It’s Masters week! That may sound a bit weird considering we’re about to hit the middle of November, but 2020 has been a strange year in general. What better way to lead into Thanksgiving than by betting on the most prestigious golf tournament in the world?
BetOnline has countless offerings ahead of the 2020 Masters. This year, the site is also hosting a special $10,000 Masters Predictor tournament. All you have to do is correctly answer 10 questions (plus a tiebreaker) and wager $25 on the Masters in order to qualify for cash prizes that will be deposited into your BetOnline bankroll.
Getting all 10 questions correct certainly won’t be easy, but we can do our best to try and help you make the best possible guesses on your way to the grand prize. Here are the best picks for the BetOnline $10,000 Masters Predictor.
1. The Best Scoring Round of the Tournament Will Be?
-7 or lower
-3 or higher
We have some rain in the forecast for this weekend in Augusta. Obviously, rain doesn’t mean we have ideal golfing conditions. With Tropical Storm Eta expected to bring rough weather to the Gulf Coast all week, we may well see some higher scores at the Masters than we’re used to seeing.
As a result, it’s difficult to foresee any golfer finishing with a score of seven-under or better this week. Anything can happen, of course. Maybe someone like Bryson DeChambeau or Jon Rahm braves the elements and puts up a ridiculous score in spite of what Mother Nature has in store.
Last year, DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka each posted scores of -6 in the first round, while Phil Mickelson (-5), Ian Poulter (-4), and Dustin Johnson (-4) weren’t far behind. Most of the players we would expect to see at or near the top of the leaderboards this week have quite a bit of familiarity with Augusta, though, which should help. We know Tiger Woods, for example, knows every hole inside-and-out. Course familiarity is something that could help offset the negative impacts of the weather.
Still, something like -5 or -6 would seem to be a logical choice here. It seems pretty unlikely we see anyone card a -7 or better, while the weather won’t be so bad that a -3 or higher being the best score doesn’t look too likely either. -5 looks like the way to go as a safe, middle-of-the-road option.
The Best Scoring Round of the Tournament Will Be? – (-5)
2. Will the Third-Round Leader Win the Masters?
Last year, Tiger Woods came from behind to claim his fifth Green Jacket. Francesco Molinari, who had been leading the tournament entering Sunday, hit his shot into the water on the 12th hole. That wound up clearing the way for Tiger to make his comeback. Woods and Tony Finau were tied for second entering the day, two strokes adrift of Molinari.
Francesco Molinari is looking to redeem himself after what happened in last year’s final round of the Masters. https://t.co/Aw6BdquyN3
Patrick Reed won the 2018 Masters almost wire-to-wire. He led after the second and third rounds before ultimately staving off Rickie Fowler by a stroke on Sunday. Sergio Garcia won his first Masters in 2017 after leading at the end of the third round. Jordan Spieth did the same in 2015.
There is an awful lot of pressure on players entering the final round with a lead. Some have been able to do away with any jitters and finish the job, while others have wilted under the bright lights. The leaderboard will almost surely be jam-packed entering Sunday. This could legitimately go either way, but I will bet against the third-round leader going on to win the Masters this time around.
Will the Third-Round Leader Win the Masters? – No
3. Will the Masters Feature a Hole-in-One?
Hitting a hole-in-one may be the most difficult single task in all of sports. In the history of the Masters, we have seen a total of 27 aces, all of which have been hit at the four different par-3s around the course. The fourth hole, a 240-yarder, has accounted for just one of those 27 holes-in-one.
No. 16 has been the most popular hole for aces at Augusta, with 21 all-time. We had two aces just last year on this hole with Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau accomplishing the feat. Six of the 21 holes-in-one at No. 16 have come since 2016. None of the other par-3s have seen an ace at the Masters since 2013.
So, if we see an ace, it’s likely happening at No. 16. However, the odds are obviously heavily stacked against the likelihood of this happening at all. While aces have occurred with more frequency in recent years, the fact that we have just 27 holes-in-one in the entire history of a tournament that has been played annually since 1934 tells you all you need to know. The smart play is to bet against a hole-in-one.
Will the Masters Feature a Hole-in-One? – No
4. Will Tiger Woods Make the Cut?
Tiger Woods is listed at +3300 to repeat as Masters champion. His unlikely title was one of the best sports stories of 2019, but golf betting sites aren’t too keen on his chances of winning the tournament for a sixth time this time around.
While he hasn’t been nearly as prolific in terms of winning tournaments in recent years as he was during his prime, he has still been able to make the cut at Augusta with a good bit of regularity. Tiger has made the cut in each Masters start since missing it back in 1996. That’s a string of 20 consecutive Masters starts in which Woods has made it to the weekend.
Tiger may not win this year, but he’ll surely make the cut.
Will Tiger Woods Make the Cut? – Yes
5. Winning 72-Hole Score Will Be?
Over 277.5 strokes
Under 277.5 strokes
Each of the last two Masters winners have won the tournament by shooting under 277.5 over the course of four rounds. Sergio Garcia won it with a 279 two years ago, while Danny Willett claimed his Green Jacket after carding a 283. Since the year 2000, 11 Masters winners have gone over 277.5 strokes. Nine have gone under.
With the inclement weather in the forecast, we should expect to see some higher scores this time around. It’s exceedingly rare that we see a winner put up a score of 280 or higher, but we may very well see that in 2020 if rain proves to be a factor. The scores have come close to 277.5 in recent years even with better weather, so I like the over on 277.5 for this year’s champion.
Winning 72-Hole Score Will Be? – Over 277.5 Strokes
6. Sponsor of Masters Winner (Hat/Visor)
Tiger won it last year as a Nike athlete, of course. Ditto for Reed two years ago, while Sergio Garcia claimed the title while rocking an Adidas hat. Willett put Callaway back into the win column in 2016.
Let’s look at a few of the sponsors of the betting favorites for the 2020 Masters. DeChambeau, who is currently a +750 favorite at BetOnline, is a Puma guy. Dustin Johnson (+1000) and Jon Rahm are Taylor Made men, so if either of them wins we’re looking at someone in the “Other” category. Rory McIlroy, Tony Finau, and Brooks Koepka join Tiger in the Nike club. Justin Thomas wears Titleist. Xander Schauffele rolls with Adidas.
It’s like Koepka is playing Pebble for his bachelor party and this hat is the embarrassing thing he has to wear pic.twitter.com/Y0QM0pJ24W
Based on the number of players wearing certain hats, it seems as though “Other” and “Nike” have an advantage. Johnson, Schauffele, and Rahm are in the “Other” category, while Woods, Reed, McIlroy, and Koepka wearing Nike is interesting. Nike is particularly well-represented, so the chances we see a third straight Nike-sponsored Masters champion look pretty solid.
Sponsor of Masters Winner (Hat/Visor) – Nike
7. Length of the Winner’s Final Shot
Over 3.5 feet
Under 3.5 feet
Since Charl Schwartzel’s win in 2011, the winner of the Masters’ final shot was a putt of less than 3.5 feet from the hole. It’s always a bit more dramatic when a longer putt seals the deal, but oftentimes we see the leader of the final hole with the ability to two- or three-putt his way to victory.
We obviously have no idea what’s in store for Sunday, but the more likely outcome is that we see the eventual winner cruise toward the finish line with a fairly casual sequence of putts. This is a toss-up, but the under on 3.5 feet for the winner’s final shot looks like the slightly better play at BetOnline.ag for this contest.
Length of the Winner’s Final Shot – Under 3.5 Feet
8. What Will the Winning Margin Be?
Exactly 1 shot
Exactly 2 shots
Exactly 3 shots
4 shots or more
Last year, Tiger was able to beat Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, and Brooks Koepka by a shot apiece. Reed did the same over Rickie Fowler two years ago, while Garcia got the better of Justin Rose in a playoff in 2017.
The last time we saw a Masters winner win by multiple shots was Willett, who won by three strokes four years ago. Jordan Spieth won by four shots the year before that, while 2012 and 2013 each had a winner determined via a playoff.
On this date in 2008, Tiger Woods made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to force a playoff in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
Woods went on to win the playoff the following day to win his 14th major title.
It’s somewhat safe to assume we’re going to have a hotly-contested tournament here, so it’s hard to imagine anyone trumping the field by four shots or more. A playoff is somewhat unlikely despite how frequently we have seen them in recent years, as well. We have seen 17 playoff winners since 1934, which is only about 20 percent.
I’ll lean toward the winner winning by a single stroke this time around. The tough weather should keep the field tightly-packed, so we could be in for a nailbiter.
What Will the Winning Margin Be? – Exactly 1 Shot
9. What Will the Final Score of the Winner Be?
-1 to -5
-6 to -10
-10 or better
Even-par or worse
While the weather will make for some rough conditions, I don’t think it’s likely we see the Masters winner card a score of even-par or worse. The highest winning score in Masters history is one-over-par, which has happened three times. The most recent instance occurred in 2007 (Zach Johnson).
Woods won with a score of 18-under par back in 1997, while Spieth did the same in 2015. We have seen blowouts here from time to time, but again, I think the 2020 iteration is shaping up to be a close contest.
Each of the last 12 Masters winners has posted a final score of -5 or better. Willett (-5) is the only winner to have shot worse than -8 in that same span. With the expected weather, though, I’m expecting slightly lower scores than we have seen in recent years.
-1 to -5 looks like a reasonable guess in 2020.
What Will the Final Score of the Winner Be? – (-1 to -5)
10. Who Will Win the Masters?
The group of players listed above has combined to win five Masters titles. Of course, Woods has accounted for every single one of them. While Koepka, Johnson, McIlroy, and Schauffele have all come close in the past, Tiger is the only player on this list to have actually won a Green Jacket to this point.
DeChambeau is the favorite after his big win at the US Open earlier this year. DeChambeau has been arguably the best player on the entire Tour all year long, so it would be a surprise if the heavy-hitter wasn’t in contention this weekend.
Of course, taking the field is probably the best percentage play here. The history of the Masters has produced some random winners in the past, including Danny Willett just four years ago. If you take the field, you’re betting on 92 of the 100 players in the field ultimately coming out on top.
Those are obviously favorable odds. You’re punting on the very best of the best, but I like the field in this one. The cream doesn’t always rise to the top at Augusta.
Who Will Win the Masters? – Field
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