Best Matchup Bets for the 2021 Masters

| April 7, 2021 11:14 am PDT

The online sportsbooks do a nice job offering a significant number of head-to-head bets during regular PGA Tour events. When it comes to the majors, the selection increases substantially.

Right on cue, there are what seems like an endless number of matchup bets for the Masters in 2021.

I’ve scoped all of the best places to bet on the Masters and shopped the prices diligently. In terms of the best Masters matchup picks on the board, here’s what I came up with.

Hideki Matsuyama vs. Scottie Scheffler

Hideki Matsuyama-120
Scottie Scheffler+100

Hideki’s ball-striking is rock-solid, and his record at August is reputable (top-20s in five of last six appearances). Having said that, there’s no denying that Matsuyama is currently in a rut.

Dating back to the November Masters, the 29-year-old has teed it up 10 times. He’s failed to register a single top-10 during that stretch and landed outside of the top-40 half a dozen times. On the year, Hideki clocks in 170th on the PGA Tour in SG: Putting.

Flip the coin, and Scottie Scheffler has played nine times since the 2020 Masters. Whether it’s his T7 in Phoenix, his top-5 at The Concession, or his runner-up at the WGC Match Play, Scheffler’s been putting himself in contention on the regular.

Scottie recorded a top-20 in his lone appearance at Augusta (2020) at arrives at the year’s first major ranked first on the tour in Total Driving.

  • Scottie Scheffler

Rory McIlroy vs. Bryson DeChambeau

Rory McIlroy+115
Bryson DeChambeau-135

It’s amazing how under-the-radar Rory McIlroy is this week despite being a Green Jacket short of completing the career Grand Slam. Sure, Rory hasn’t won since November of 2019, and he’s dropped to #12 in the OWGR, but his game is in much better shape than people give him credit for.

McIlroy has finished 21st or better in 8 of his 10 starts in stroke-play events this season. He’s got five top-10s in his last 12 events.

With that out in the open, shall we compare Rory and Bryson’s track record at Augusta?

DeChambeau has played in four Masters and is yet to crack the top-20. Here’s what Rory has done at Augusta going back to 2014.

Rory McIlroy – Finishes at the Masters Since 2014
Year Result
2014 T8
2015 4
2016 T10
2017 T7
2018 T5
2019 T21
2020 T5

The less attention on McIlroy, the more quietly he can continue going about his business.

If you’re hellbent on getting some money down on the Mad Scientist, there are plenty of Bryson DeChambeau props at the Masters. However, the value attached to Rory in this spot is palpable.

  • Rory McIlroy

Gary Woodland vs. Matthew Wolff

Gary Woodland-135
Matthew Wolff+113

A T6 at last week’s Valero Texas Open was Gary’s first top-10 since July. He’s missed three of his last five cuts and is a long way away from playing the dependable style of golf we saw in 2019. On top of his scattered form, Woodland and Augusta National simply haven’t seen eye to eye.

The 2019 US Open champ finished T24 in his first Masters back in 2011 – he’s failed to crack the top 25 at Augusta since. In his last five trips down Magnolia Lane, Gary has four missed cuts and a T32 to show for his efforts.

A couple of WDs in 2021 is enough for many to steer clear of backing Wolff in any format – I have much fewer qualms. Severe blisters on his hand were the primary reason for Matthew’s recent slump – that’s no longer an issue. The 21-year-old bomber hits it as high as anyone in the field and ranks 18th on the PGA Tour in SG: Approach.

  • Matthew Wolff

More Masters Picks for 2021

I uncovered what I believe are the best Masters matchup picks out there. And that’s just one way to get in on the action at Augusta.

From playing fantasy golf to attacking the litany of props, there are all sorts of ways to add intrigue to the weekend. When you’re ready to explore, browse through the 2021 Masters betting posts below.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

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