The 2021 Masters is right around the corner and we’re here to give you 5 underdogs to bet on at Augusta National. This year’s event is back in April after the 2020 Masters was rescheduled to the Fall. Before we dive into our top underdog bets, let’s take a look at some of the favorites.
The defending champion is Dustin Johnson, who comes into Augusta as the betting favorite to win and currently sits at +850 to go back-to-back. Right behind DJ is a host of top contenders, including Bryson DeChambeau (+900), Justin Thomas (+1000), John Rahm (+1100), Brooks Koepka (+1200) and Jordan Spieth (+1200). Spieth’s odds to win have jumped significantly after his recent return to good form. He was +4500 about 6 weeks ago before rattling off three top-5 finishes and a top-20 in four consecutive weeks. Some savvy folks (including me!) snuck in bets on Spieth to win before he moved up the board as a favorite.
That’s enough about the top guys. Let’s take a look at some underdogs we think you should be paying attention to for daily/tournament matchups, top 10s, top 20s, or maybe even a winner bet.
If he’s in contention and can find a way to improve on his Sunday finishes, Ancer could be a legitimate contender to win.
Abraham Ancer (+6500)
The thirty year old from Mexico had a strong showing in his first Masters appearance this past Fall. Ancer was tied for 2nd going into the final round, but struggled on Sunday with a four over 76. He plays well in big events, including a T18 at the WGC-Workday Championship and a T22 at THE PLAYERS Championship a few weeks ago. Interestingly, Ancer struggled in the final round of both of these recent events. Don’t be surprised to see him hanging around the top of the leaderboard going into Sunday at The Masters. If he’s in contention and can find a way to improve on his Sunday finishes, Ancer could be a legitimate contender to win.
Sergio Garcia (+4200)
Sergio has been hot since the Fall where he won the Sanderson Farms Championship. He was unable to capitalize on his great play at the 2020 Masters, having to withdraw from the event due to a positive Covid-19 test. The 2017 Masters champion recently played well at THE PLAYERS Championship where he finished tied for 9th. Generally, experience matters at Augusta National and Sergio has plenty of it, as this will be his 22nd appearance. He’s struggled the last couple of years at the event, but his recent play points to a lot of upside as he looks to add another green jacket to his locker in the champions locker room.
Ian Poulter (+15000)
Ian Poulter is +15000 to win The Masters…are you kidding me? Is he going to win? Not likely. But I wouldn’t put it past the Englishman to (yet again) have a strong showing at Augusta National. This will be Poulter’s 9th appearance with his best finish being a T4 in 2013. He’s only missed the cut once and has played well the last two years. He’s been a bit of a mixed-bag recently, and has two consecutive missed cuts at Arnold Palmer Invitational and THE PLAYERS, but Augusta is completely different than both of those venues. Poulter seems like a great top-20 bet and I’m strongly considering throwing $5 on him for the win. It can’t hurt, right?
Marc Leishman (+10000)
Like Poulter, Leishman missed the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and THE PLAYERS. However, he’s made his last 4 cuts at The Masters, including a 9th place finish in 2018 and a T13 in 2020. Leishman has won 5 times on the PGA TOUR and has the experience and ability to make a run at Augusta National. I’m not sure I see Leishman coming away with a victory in Augusta, but he’s worth a look for a top-20 finish or some daily/tournament matchup bets.
Corey Conners (+8000)
This will be Corey Conners’ third appearance with his best finish being T10 at 2020 Masters last Fall. He’s rounding into good form, with recent finishes that include 3rd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and 7th at THE PLAYERS. Conners is a ball striking machine. He currently ranks 15th in strokes gained total, which is fueled by his rankings of 14th in strokes gained off the tee and 12th in strokes gained approach. Conners is just a mediocre putter and ranks 78th in strokes gained putting this season. If he is able to get hot with the putter at Augusta, he could find himself in contention coming down the stretch on Sunday afternoon.