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10 Likely Contenders for the 2020 Masters

| September 28, 2020 12:37 pm PDT
10 Likely Contenders at the 2020 Masters

A lot of golfers dream of slipping on a Green Jacket. A lot less actually have what it takes to be the last man standing at Augusta.

Just six weeks away from the 2020 Masters, let’s take a look at the names expected to make some noise.

We’ll call them the top-10 contenders.

Bryson DeChambeau

  • Odds to Win With BetOnline: +1000
  • Odds to Win With MyBookie: +1200

The scary part about Bryson’s six-shot runaway victory at the US Open was that his brash style of play wasn’t supposed to work at Winged Foot.

Heading into Augusta National – where DeChambeau can send 340-yard towering draws around the corners of the loblolly pines – things could get out of hand.

As much attention as the Mad Scientist is getting for his jaw-dropping tee-shots and post-round glasses of chocolate milk, improved putting is what could separate Bryson from the rest of the pack once he strolls down Magnolia Lane. 

Jon Rahm

  • Odds to Win With BetOnline: +1200
  • Odds to Win With MyBookie: +1200

Jon Rahm is going to be tough to beat at Augusta if he can manage his emotions for 72 holes. A 4th and a 9th in the last two Masters hint that Rahm is on the prowl, and his play since the restart simply reinforces his chances.

Four top-6 finishes among his last seven events include victories at the Memorial and BMW Championship. Assessing all facets of Rahmbo’s game, there are zero weaknesses to speak of.

It’s no surprise he ended last season as the PGA Tour leader in SG: Total.

Justin Thomas

  • Odds to Win With BetOnline: +1400
  • Odds to Win With MyBookie: +1200

Whether or not Justin Thomas will be welcome at The Grove XXIII – Michael Jordan’s new ultra-exclusive new club in Hobe Sound – remains to be seen. JT’s latest jab at MJ might not sit over too well with Air Jordan.

However, what I can confirm conclusively is that Thomas is deserving of a spot on everyone’s shortlist of genuine Masters contenders.

As far as his past results at the game’s most coveted major, Justin’s got a nice trend brewing.

Justin Thomas Career Results at the Masters
Year Finish
2016 39th
2017 22nd
2018 17th
2019 12th

Xander Schauffele

  • Odds to Win With BetOnline: +1600
  • Odds to Win With MyBookie: +2000

T-2 last year at Augusta. 10th at Harding Park, 5th at Winged Foot, and the list goes on and on. If Jon Rahm is the best player in the world yet to win a major, Xander Schauffele is certainly the next man in line.

The San Diego native rocks an outstanding short game, and his predominate right-to-left ball flight comes in handy at this venue. But more importantly, it’s Xander’s “no-excuses” mentality that enables him to thrive at the majors.

Rory McIlroy

  • Odds to Win With BetOnline: +1000
  • Odds to Win With MyBookie: +1000

The outside noise of trying to complete the career Grand Slam isn’t going away – not until there’s a Green Jacket hanging in Rory McIlroy’s closet. 21st at last year’s edition broke a string of five consecutive top 10s at the Masters, and it’s been well documented that Rory’s been a bit sluggish since play resumed in June.

Nevertheless, three straight top 12s and a new baby daughter is more than enough evidence signaling that McIlroy’s over the slump. 

Dustin Johnson

  • Odds to Win With BetOnline: +1100
  • Odds to Win With MyBookie: +1200

Two wins, two seconds, and a sixth-place finish. That’s enough to buoy a professional golfer’s career, and yet that’s what Dustin Johnson has achieved in his last five starts alone.

Any concerns that DJ’s left-to-right peelers won’t shine through at Augusta can quickly be put to rest.

6th, 4th, 10th, and 2nd during his last four trips to the Peach State remind you there is more than one way to skin a cat.

Patrick Reed

  • Odds to Win With BetOnline: +2800
  • Odds to Win With MyBookie: +4000

Reed disappointed in his title defense at the 2019 Masters (T-36), and his iron play is sometimes erratic. With that being said, the 36-hole leader at the 2020 US Open will be licking his chops when the second week of November arrives.

Like Schauffele, Patrick’s ability to consistently turn his driver over bodes well at Augusta’s layout. Reed’s creativity and excellence around the greens also give him a substantial leg up on the field.

I’m a bit surprised that one of the top golf betting sites has “Captain America” sitting at +4000. There’s quite a bit of value attached to that price.

Matthew Wolff

  • Odds to Win With BetOnline: +4000
  • Odds to Win With MyBookie: N/A

Were you Wolff consistently blast his driver past DeChambeau’s Sunday at the US Open?

Talk about a kid who relishes the big stage, here’s a 21-year-old budding superstar who finished 4th and 2nd in his first two majors.

As someone who has been vehemently touting “Wolffie” since his days in Stillwater, none of this surprises me in the least. What would come as a shock is if Matthew isn’t in contention come the back nine on Sunday.

Tony Finau

  • Odds to Win With BetOnline: +3300
  • Odds to Win With MyBookie: +3300

So much for learning Augusta National on the go, Tony Finau’s apparently got it close to figured out after just two tries (10th in 2018, 5th in 2019). Then again, it makes it easier to attack golf courses when you’re cranking out 330-yard bombs down broadway like Tony can do with one flick of his wrist.

In terms of a player who’s knocking on the door to win his first major, find me another player who’s compiled seven top 10s in the last 10 majors that have been played.

You can’t (Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele each with 6).

Tiger Woods

  • Odds to Win With BetOnline: +2000
  • Odds to Win With MyBookie: +1900

Perhaps Tiger is the one player in the field who doesn’t need to show any form leading into Augusta to be considered one of the 2020 Masters contenders.

Seeking his second straight Green Jacket and sixth overall, 12 top 5s around this track tell you about all you need to know.

Of course, it would be nice for Tiger to show some signs of life before Halloween passes us by. As for now, Woods is slated to defend his title at the ZOZO Championship (Oct 22-25) at Sherwood Country Club, but that could be the only time we see Tiger before we lock in our Masters predictions.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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