The biggest steal in this wide-open field might be the Canadian, Corey Conners
The biggest day in golf happens on Thursday morning with the famed Masters tournament, a four-day spectacle played in Augusta, Georgia.
Defending longshot champion Hideki Matsuyama will attempt to repeat, something that hasn't happened since 2000-2001 when Tiger Woods won back-to-back green jackets.
Speaking of Woods, he'll make an extraordinary comeback just by walking onto the course and teeing-off. The five-time champ who last hoisted the trophy in 2019 shocked everyone by rehabilitating himself back into golf shape 18 months after a near-fatal car crash. The eyes of the world will rightly be on Woods, but we see some juicy betting opportunities by looking elsewhere and skipping both the popular favourites and the living legends such as Tiger Woods and Phil Michelson.
Here's a look at the ODDS TO WIN at SPREADS.CA:
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Last year's runner-up Will Zalatoris shot a 279, just one stroke behind the winner, Matsuyama. At 41-1, Zalatoris is a prime dog play.
Similar thinking goes to Adam Scott, the 2013 winner (and 2011 runner up) who tees off at 67-1. Will Scott win it? Probably not, but we sure like those odds. Key stat: l. A virtual certainty to make the weekend as he’s made the cut in 18 of his 20 Masters starts and each of the last 12 in a row.
But the real steal in this wide-open field might be the Canadian, Corey Conners
Age: 30 World Ranking: 32 Masters appearances: 4
Best Masters finish: T-8, 2021
Among the tour’s best ball-strikers, the Canadian was the only player to finish inside the top 10 in both SG/off the tee and SG/approach last season. Blessed with a syrupy swing that produces beautiful baby cuts, he’s a pleasure to watch on the driving range. On the course, he defeated Dustin Johnson to finish third the WGC-Match Play and has top-10s in each of last two Masters. The question with him, as always, is whether the putter can heat up enough to pick off a big victory. Can’t say for certain, but gotta' think he’s the only player on tour with a degree in Actuarial Mathematics.
Spreads.ca also offers some intriguing group bets, props on which players will make and miss the cut (after Friday's round), and fun wagers like -- will there be a hole in one?
Canadian Pride at the Masters:
Among the top Canadian contenders, Corey Conners goes off at 81-1; Mackenzie Hughes (350-1); Mike Weir, who is playing in his 23rd Masters and won this tourney in 2003.