- Scottie Scheffler is a big favorite to win the Masters following 36 holes at Augusta National Golf Club
- Scheffler entered the week with three wins in his past five starts
- See the updated 2022 Masters odds below for Saturday’s 3rd round
It’s Scottie Scheffler’s world and we’re all just living in it right now. The number one player in the world entered the week with three wins in his past five starts, all at premier events I might add, and has now lapped the field at the Masters after 36 holes.
Scheffler fired a brilliant 5-under par round of 67 on Friday, and will take a five stroke lead into Saturday’s 3rd Round. Defending champ Hideki Matsuyama headlines a group of four players tied for second, which also includes 2011 Green Jacket winner Charl Schwartzel.
Two-time Major champ and 2020 Masters winner Dustin Johnson is a shot behind the quartet, as is reigning Players champion Cameron Smith.
Updated 2022 Masters Odds
Odds as of April 8th at DraftKings
Scheffler teed off on Thursday with Masters odds as long as +1600 to win, but after his marvelous play through the first two days at Augusta National, that number has been shortened to +100.
While Scheffler was having his way with one of the toughest golf courses on the planet, a number of top tier players were trunk slamming on Friday. Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Sam Burns and Bryson DeChambeau all missed the cut, however Tiger Woods will be around for the weekend.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 8, 2022
Woods followed up on opening round of 71 on Thursday with a 74 on Friday to sit tied for 19th, nine shots off the lead.
Scottie Scheffler Betting Analysis
Scheffler was absolutely unconscious on Friday. He carded seven birdies, including four on the back nine, while gaining 6.02 strokes tee-to-green on the field. He actually gained at least 1.59 shots in every major strokes gained category, needing only 26 puts to get around. It honestly feels like he hasn’t missed a putt all year.
Scottie Scheffler has won three times in his last five starts on TOUR, including his most recent start (WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Last player to win on the PGA TOUR and win a major in his next start: Jordan Spieth, 2017 Travelers Championship and Open Championship.
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) April 9, 2022
He’s looking to become the first player since 2015 to win four times in a six-start stretch, and at this point it’s hard to imagine him coughing this lead up. Of course things can change on a dime at Augusta National, look no further than Spieth in 2016 for proof of that, but Scheffler has proved over and over in 2022 that he’s a closer.
-6 on his last 10 holes 😮
The lead is FIVE for Scottie Scheffler. pic.twitter.com/VPf3Y2cZke
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 8, 2022
On the other hand, that doesn’t mean you should race to your favorite online sportsbook to bet him. There’s still a lot of golf to be played and many elite players are lurking. Blowing a five-shot lead isn’t common, but it has happened twice already in the final round of a tournament this season to two very good players.
Both Russell Henley (Sony Open) and Daniel Berger (Honda Classic) have squandered five stroke leads recently, and golf is too volatile a sport to be laying only +100 on any player after 36 holes, no matter how strong his form may be.
2022 Masters Live Value Picks
- Justin Thomas (+1200): He matched Scheffler for the best round of the day on Friday. Thomas gained an incredible 5.64 strokes on approach in the 2nd Round and has a history of overcoming large deficits. At last year’s Players Championship he came from seven shots back after 36 holes to win the title.
- Charl Schwartzel (+4500): A ridiculous price given he’s a former champ and is in a group tied for second heading into Saturday. Schwartzel gained 3.29 strokes with irons on Friday en route to a 3-under par round of 69, and is one of only a handful of players to be positive in every key strokes gained metric through two rounds.