Four weeks after finishing as the low amateur at The Open Championship in July 2013, Matt Fitzpatrick became the first Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur. The following year, he was low amateur in another major championship, this time at the U.S. Open, and in 2015, won the British Masters as a 21-year-old.
When Fitzpatrick shot a final-round 65 at Augusta National to finish seventh at The Masters in 2016, he was already a household name among golf diehards but unknown to most of the golf world. Five years later, Fitzpatrick is back at Augusta in search of his first top-10 major finish since finishing five strokes behind Danny Willett. And while he’s a known commodity thanks to several recent top-10 WGC finishes, he’s still buried beneath Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and others in Masters odds this weekend.
Matt Fitzpatrick might not be buried beneath anyone come Sunday evening, Jason Sobel of The Action Network told Olivia Harlan Dekker and Speedy Morman on this week’s episode of Unleashed.
“If everything we know about this golf course is true, it’s gonna be fast and firm. And it’s gonna be tough to score . . . pars are gonna be pretty good out there. That’s Matt Fitzpatrick’s kind of game, and I expect him to have a good week,” Sobel said when asked for Masters betting predictions. As of Thursday morning before the first group teed off at 8 a.m. ET, Fitzpatrick had +5000 odds to win the green jacket and was earning only 0.9 percent of the public tickets and 0.7 percent of the handle, more than 11 percentage points behind the most popular public picks, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.
On an episode that also featured The Golf Channel’s Damon Hack, Fitzpatrick discusses other underdogs that could play well, including Corey Conners and Jason Kokrak. Listen to the entire episode of Unleashed below (or listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and everywhere podcasts are available):