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2022 Masters 3rd Round Odds, Preview and Picks

Chris Amberley

by Chris Amberley in Golf

Apr 8, 2022 · 6:06 PM PDT

Scottie Scheffler watches a chip on 14
Scottie Scheffler chips to the 14th green during the second round at the Masters golf tournament on Friday, April 8, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
  • 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

Golfer Position Score Odds
Scottie Scheffler 1st -8 +100
Shane Lowry T-2 -3 +1200
Hideki Matsuyama T-2 -3 +1200
Dustin Johnson T-6 -2 +1200
Cameron Smith T-6 -2 +1200
Justin Thomas T-10 -1 +1200
Sungjae Im T-2 -3 +2000
Collin Morikawa T-10 -1 +2200
Will Zalatoris T-10 -1 +3000
Joaquin Niemann T-10 -1 +4000
Charl Schwartzel T-2 -3 +4500
Corey Conners T-10 -1 +4500
Jon Rahm T-23 +2 +5000
Patrick Cantlay T-19 +1 +6000
Rory McIlroy T-23 +2 +8000
Tiger Woods T-19 +1 +9000

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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