As we enter Masters week, golf’s best tournament on the best course in the world will have the eyes of the world on it. With sports gambling becoming increasingly legal and popular in the US, it will also have some added juice this weekend. I’m here to help all of you part-time golf fans avoid the traps some guys have built for gamblers with big names but crumbling games.
Phil Mickelson (+10000)
Probably the second biggest name behind the big cat the last 20 years, Phil has had a LOT of success at Augusta. With 3 wins and over $8 million in career earnings at The Masters alone, many people will be suckered into picking Phil this weekend. At the time of writing this, he is +10,000 to win at most books to win. If you are thinking of placing that bet, your money is probably better spent on another golfer… or even in driving up to your local gas station and buying an icee and some peanut M&Ms. At least those have a chance of bringing you joy because betting on Phil does not.
If I’m placing a bet on the 2022 Masters, Rory might get a good look. For 2021 though, I wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole.
Tyrrell Hatton (+4000)
If you do not watch a ton of golf, you might be thinking, “Who the crap is Tyrrell Hatton.” Well folks, he is currently the 8th ranked golfer in the world. He could beat the best player you have ever played with by 10 strokes and would trash talk him the whole way through the round. But do you know who he can’t beat? The other guys in the field this week. Hatton’s game has been riding the struggle bus the last few weeks and in his last 3 Masters tournaments he has not finished better than 44th. I can tell you I will not be placing a bet for him to finish top 20 this week. I will probably watch his videos on YouTube though because having him mic’d up while playing is one of the most entertaining things in golf.
Rory McIlroy (+1600)
If I’m placing a bet on the 2022 Masters, Rory might get a good look. For 2021 though, I wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole (which he might need to reach his balls if he keeps hitting them miles out of bounds). The former number 1 in the world is currently in the middle of rebuilding his swing which couldn’t have come at a worse time. In November, Rory finished T5 in The Masters and has played great here in the past. Many gamblers will walk up to the window (or their app) and place a bet on Rory thinking he is a safe top 20 pick because he is a horse for the course. I think this is a mistake. Until his game turns around, I will not be putting my hard earned dollars on Rors.
So those are the 3 biggest traps you all face this weekend. Hopefully you avoid them. However, If you want some unknown guys to put some pizza money on, check out this article by KJ on a few sleeper picks that have a chance to bring home the bacon for you.
Hit’em straight and I hope you visit the cash window often.