Bryson DeChambeau is Betting Favorite In First Ever Fall Masters

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  • The 2020 Masters Tournament will be held on November 12-15, 2020.
  • Bryson DeChambeau is the odds on favorite to win the tournament at +800.
  • Rory Mcilory (+1000) and Dustin Johnson (+1200) are next in the odds board.

Golf’s Masters Tournament in Augusta will be in an unfamiliar territory this year.

The Masters has been the first golf major of the calendar year but after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down sports in March, it has been moved to a fall date. The 2020 Open Championship was cancelled but the PGA Championship was successfully staged in August. Then last month, there were no issues as the U.S. Open also took place. Two weeks from now, the green jacket will be at stake again.

With the Masters inching closer, the odds board to win the 2020 Masters Tournament has gone up. While the familiar names are on top of the list, this year’s odds on favorite is a name that has shook up the tour since the resumption of golf last June: Bryson DeChambeau.

First Time as Betting Favorite in a Major

DeChambeau entered the PGA Championship without a Top-10 finish in his first 14 starts in a golf major. He finished 4th at TPC Harding and then four starts later, he conquered Winged Foot and won the U.S. Open by six shots. Now with the Masters two weeks away, DeChambeau is the odds on favorite in a major for the first time in his career.

The wold’s 6th best golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings and the leader in the FedEx Cup rankings finished T-8 in Las Vegas during his first tournament since the U.S. Open. After that, he retreated to his home to prepare for the Masters by well, not playing golf. Instead, he’s been busy testing his powerful golf shots and practicing with a 48-inch driver:

As of 10/27/20, DeChambeau is the +800 favorite at Bovada. According to PointsBet, 18% of the total bets have been placed on him and DeChambeau has the most bets placed on him in terms of total money. With his recent success, frightening power, and betting metrics, there is no doubt that he is the betting heading to Magnolia Lane.

Other Betting Favorites

Rory McIlroy comes in second at +1000. The 5th ranked golfer in the OWGR finished 8th in the U.S. Open. McIlroy was a T21 at the CJ Cup and T17 at the recently concluded Zozo Championship. With the birth of his first child no longer a distraction, McIlroy will be another golfer to watch as he looks to win the only major that has eluded him so far in his PGA career.

World number 1 Dustin Johnson is third in the Bovada oddsboard at +1200. The 36-year old has not competed since finishing 6th at the U.S. Open. Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 on October 13th and is out indefinitely. Although signs point to a successful return at the Masters, DJ will not have the benefit of adequate preparation given that he’s had to deal with the virus in the last couple of weeks.

Jon Rahm barely missed becoming the world’s number 1 golfer this weekend. Rahm was 8/100ths of a point from taking golf’s top spot but watched the opportunity get snatched away as Patrick Cantlay won the Zozo Championship. His second place finish though at Sherwood was his best in three starts this season.

A Rare Masters

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s most popular golf tournament was moved from its traditional play date in April to a fall schedule on November 12-15, 2020. This year’s tournament is a rarity because of the 83 editions of this fabled tournament, 82 have finished in the month of April with only the inaugural one finishing on a different month – March.

What makes the Masters prestigious is the fact that it is an invite-only tournament with the smallest field among all the golf majors. Past champions have a lifelong invite to return to Augusta National while the Top 12 finishers and ties from the previous year’s Masters, plus the Top four placers and ties in golf’s other Top 3 tournaments also get invites.

Likewise, the last five winners from the other three majors are invited, along with the past three Players Championship winners, the top two finishers at the U.S. Amateur, the winner of the Amateur Championship, victor of the Asia-Pacific Championship, and the winners of the U.S. Mid-Amateur and Latin America Amateur Championship.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.