Bettors Loving Tiger Woods, Scottie Scheffler Ahead of 2022 Masters

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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Apr 05, 2022, 12:30 PM

When it comes time to pick a winner for the Masters, two key factors the golf betting world fixates on are course history at Augusta National and recent form. 

This is why it’s no surprise the two players generating the most action at the BetMGM online sportsbook check off both those boxes.

No player in the field has a better history at Augusta than Tiger Woods. 

The 46-year-old has won the event five times, one shy of the record set by Jack Nicklaus. In 23 career starts, he has 14 top-10 finishes and has missed just one cut, which was an amateur in 1996.

And then no player in the field is playing better than Scottie Scheffler right now.

Scheffler, 25, has won three of his last five starts – the WM Pheonix Open, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play. These were his first three career PGA Tour victories, and he enters the week as the No. 1-ranked player in the world.

As of Tuesday, Woods has the highest ticket percentage (9.5%) and handle (11%); Scheffer has the second-highest ticket percentage (6.1%) and handle (10%).

Woods has Masters odds of +5000 after opening at +3300. Meanwhile, Scheffler has +1600 golf odds after opening at +4000.

“Once Tiger Woods began practicing at Augusta, bettors flocked to BetMGM to place wagers on the golf legend. Tiger moved from +6600 to +5000 to win The Masters last week in anticipation of his return to the course. Woods is currently BetMGM’s biggest liability to win the tournament,” said Matt Cosgriff, Director of Trading at BetMGM.

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Tiger Woods – 11%
  2. Scottie Scheffler – 10%
  3. Justin Thomas – 7%
  4. Brooks Koepka – 6.7%
  5. Cameron Smith – 5.4%

Tickets

  1. Tiger Woods – 9.5%
  2. Scottie Scheffler – 6.1%
  3. Justin Thomas – 5.7%
  4. Brooks Koepka– 4.9%
  5. Cameron Smith – 4.8%

Thomas has +1200 odds, while Koepka has +2000. 

It’s no surprise Smith (+1400 odds) is a popular play as he is coming off a win at The Players Championship, and he has enjoyed some past success at Augusta National. He has made the cut in all five of his appearances and has two top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish in 2020.

Meanwhile, defending champion Hideki Matsuyama has +4000 odds and is pulling in just 1.2% of the tickets.

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”