Sleeper Picks for the 2020 Masters – 5 Worthy Bets at Augusta

| November 9, 2020 12:52 pm PDT

Those searching for sleeper picks for the Masters, don’t go rummaging too far down the betting sheet. The last player to win a Green Jacket who began the week ranked outside the top-25 in the world was Charl Schwartzel in 2011. Charl was the 29th-ranked player in the world heading into Augusta that year.

Year Masters Winner OWGR entering the week of the Masters
2019 Tiger Woods 12th
2018 Patrick Reed 24th
2017 Sergio Garcia 11th
2016 Danny Willett 12th
2015 Jordan Spieth 4th
2014 Bubba Watson 12th
2013 Adam Scott 7th
2012 Bubba Watson 18th

Nevertheless, we see that nobody in the top-3 has donned the Green Jacket, and just two of the last eight winners entered the week as top-10 players.

Perhaps we just have to adjust our definition of sleepers for the Masters.

I’ll throw out five names from different price points to give you some options.

Matthew Wolff +4000

As popular as he is and as good as he has been playing, I’m actually a bit surprised we can still latch onto Matthew Wolff at +4000.

Normally I wouldn’t be so interested in targeting a first-timer at Augusta, but as I’ve written on many occasions, nothing about this kid is normal. Softer conditions play right into Wolff’s hands, and few – if any players – can hit their irons as high he can.

A quick start on Thursday morning and it could be off to the races. That’s what make him one of my top Masters sleeper picks.

Scottie Scheffler +6600

Another young gun unfazed by the pressure at major championships, Scottie Scheffler got some reps in last week in Houston (T32), and there are a lot of positives he can take with him as he saunters down Magnolia Lane.

On top of shooting 65 on Sunday, Scottie ranked 8th in driving accuracy and 7th in putts per GIR for the week.

Given the wet conditions, I’m looking at Masters sleepers who are going to be playing from the fairway. Currently slotted 2nd in total driving this season (7th in total driving in 2019-20), Scheffler feels awfully intriguing at +6600. 

Justin Rose +7000

I was attracted to Rose when I was first searching for betting value at the 2020 Masters. He’s even more appealing now at +7000 – especially when you consider his credentials at this venue.

The last time Rose finished outside of the top-25 at Augusta was in 2008. He’s finished 14th or better at the Masters every year since 2011, save for a T25 in 2013.

Recent form that has been fairly sketchy might deter some potential bettors, but know that things started to click in Justin’s most recent start. Case in point – Rosy made 24 birdies and an eagle en route to finishing T17 at the Zozo Championship.

Cameron Smith +9000 

Now for one of my sleeper picks for the 2020 Masters who isn’t on most bettors’ radar. This goes against what I referenced in the intro regarding players ranked outside of the top-25, but let’s take a moment to zero in on what Cameron Smith (#45 in OWGR) has been up to.

10 straight starts without a missed cut, and there’s no question he’s trending in the right direction. Six top-25s among his last seven appearances include a T4 last time out at Sherwood. 11th at Shadow Creek before that.

Abraham Ancer +15000

Arriving at his first Masters ranked 21st in the world, the price discrepancies I’ve spotted for Abraham Ancer are palpable.

For example, the 29-year-old Mexican golfer is listed at +7000 at XBet and +15000 at BetOnline.

This is a prime illustration of why it’s so important to know where to bet on the 2020 Masters.

Ancer’s stellar tee-to-green game is what really makes him an enticing sleeper pick for the Masters, but don’t “sleep” on this dude’s ability to be a light-out putter. Ranked inside the top-50 in all six of the major putting statistics in 2019-20, Abraham was at his best from inside 10’ (90.31% – 5th on the PGA Tour).

More Masters Betting Picks

Do any of these Masters sleepers captivate your attention? Either way, there’s more to bet on.

To read about my Masters pick to win or to be introduced to the best props bets at Augusta, check out the posts below.

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 on football, basketball, and baseball.

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