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US Masters odds: Rahm rules the roost in Green Jacket bid

| 06.04.2022

Rahm rules in US Masters odds

The US Masters begins on Thursday and excitement is building for the first major of the year at Augusta National where Tiger Woods is set to make a stunning comeback from the life-threatening car crash he suffered just over a year ago.

Phil Mickelson will miss his first Masters in 28 years after deciding to take a break from golf in the wake of his controversial comments about a Saudi-backed Pro League, so there are plenty of interesting talking points ahead of the tournament which 12 months ago was won by Hideki Matsuyama.

The Japanese number one led by four shots heading into the final round and despite closing with a 73 he held on for a one-stroke victory over Will Zalatoris for his first major title and is 40/1 to go back-to-back.

The question is who will be wearing the Green Jacket on Sunday night? The last 12 winners were inside the world’s top 30 at the time, so we’re looking at some of the contenders and their US Masters odds.

Jon Rahm

US Open champion Rahm is the favourite in the US Masters odds to win a first Green Jacket, having finished in the top 10 in each of the last four years, but he has drifted from 8/1 to 11/1.

The world number one was the halfway co-leader at the 2020 renewal which was held in November because of the global pandemic, but a 72-71 finish meant he tied for seventh, 10 shots behind winner Dustin Johnson.

Jon Rahm, US Masters odds

However, figures of 4-9-7-5 since 2018 suggest the Spaniard will be in the mix once again having got a taste for major championships with his astonishing win at Torrey Pines in June.

Rahm birdied the final two holes from 25 and 18 feet to finish on six under, one shot clear of 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen.

Despite not winning this season and finishing low down the field at the recent Players Championship, Rahm was runner-up at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and third at the Farmers Insurance Open, scene of his US Open triumph.

Dustin Johnson

The 2020 champion missed the cut last year but his previous five appearances from 2015 read 6-4-10-2-1 having missed the 2017 edition with a back injury.

Johnson’s triumph two years ago was a record-breaking 20 under par, so the laconic American is one who knows how to tame this daunting course.

His first major triumph came at the 2016 US Open and he has been runner-up in five overall in a glittering career which also saw him hold the world’s number one ranking for 64 weeks from February 2017.

Johnson has won just once since his Masters success in 2020 and that came in Saudi Arabia, but he was ninth at Sawgrass and should be feeling reasonably confident as he takes the trip down Magnolia Lane. He can be backed at 14/1 in the US Masters odds.

Collin Morikawa

Open champion Morikawa has the game to master Augusta National, although in his two appearances has yet to finish inside the top 15.

The second shot is crucial at this manicured track which plays much longer than its 7,475-yardage because the fairways are mown against the direction of the holes.

Collin Morikawa, US Masters odds

Morikawa is one of the best iron players in the business and last season topped the rankings for strokes gained in approach to the green.

The 2020 US PGA champion is just outside the top 20 in that metric in the current campaign and ninth for greens in regulation, so his metronomic approach play will be a useful skill-set if he is to add a third major to his resume in as many years.

Morikawa became the first American to win the Race to Dubai last year and he was runner-up at the recent Genesis Invitational at Riviera, so we can discard his missed cut at Sawgrass and he looks a major player at 16/1 in the US Masters odds.

Xander Schauffele

The American has an astonishing record for a player that has yet to win a major championship and looks an interesting prospect at 20/1 in the US Masters betting.

Schauffele has finished inside the top 10 in half of his 18 major appearances which included second and third at the 2019 and 2021 editions.

Twelve months ago, the Olympic champion made four successive birdies from 12-15 to get to within two shots of Matsuyama in the final round but his hopes disappeared at the par-three 16th where he found water for a triple bogey.

Two years earlier Schauffele was one of many joint leaders on the back nine on Sunday only for Woods to complete one of the most remarkable comebacks of all time following multiple back operations.

Will Zalatoris

Zalatoris had an astonishing debut 12 months ago when he finished joint runner-up with Schauffele and he can have a similar impact at 33/1 in the US Masters betting.

Will Zalatoris, US Masters odds

If we dismiss last year’s trip to The Open Championship when he withdrew at the start of the second round after hacking out of rough at the 15th, the American has finished inside the top 10 in three of his five major appearances.

The 25-year-old from San Francisco was runner-up at the Farmers Open Championship at the end of January and although he has yet to win on the PGA Tour, it would not be a surprise if he puts in another excellent shift in Georgia.

Best of the rest

Australian Cameron Smith has been shortened to 14/1 following his success at Sawgrass and last year finished in the top 10 for the third time in four visits to Augusta.

Cameron Smith, US Masters odds

Patrick Cantlay is a great iron player and he can add a major title to the Tour Championship he won last year. The American won The Memorial for a second time in 2021 as well as the BMW Championship, but he has missed the cut twice in his last four visits to Augusta.

That said, his form is excellent in the wrap-around season, with four top-10s in six tournaments and he was ninth here three years ago, so catches the eye at 20/1.

Rory McIlroy is one of the leading European hopes at 18/1 having finished in the top 10 in six of his last eight appearances, but could Norwegian sensation Viktor Hovland spring a surprise having ben cut to 16/1 in the US Masters odds?

Hovland was just outside the top 20 on his professional debut last year and has won three of his last 10 strokeplay tournaments, plus a runner-up finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, so his form is nothing short of spectacular.

For punters who believe Tiger Woods can recapture the magic once more, having only confirmed on Tuesday he is taking part, then the 15-time major winner is 50/1 to add to his tally. He is also 13/2 to produce a bogey-free round and evens to make the cut.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Warren Barner