- The PGA Tour heads to Augusta National for the second time in less than six months for the 2021 Masters starting on April 8th
- Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Wallace, and Matthew Fitzpatrick pose value in their matchups this week
- Read below for matchup odds and best bet for this year’s edition of the Masters
For the second time in five months, the top golfers in the world head to Augusta National for the prestigious Masters Tournament. There are always valuable odds in head-to-head matchups in majors, especially at Augusta. Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Wallace, and Matthew Fitzpatrick are golfers that hold value in their Masters matchup odds this week.
This year’s tournament might have a little bit of a different feel than last year’s. Dustin Johnson set a tournament record with a final score of -20 (268) at the 2020 Masters. This time, Johnson comes into Augusta with just one Top 10 in his last three starts. Although the recent Masters champion is the favorite coming into the week, I would say there’s a lot more room for speculation at Augusta this time around.
Let’s take a look at my top three 72-hole matchup picks for this upcoming week.
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DeChambeau’s New Approach at Augusta
Bryson DeChambeau has put on quite the spectacle over the last 365 days. From putting on 40 pounds to winning the US Open, this guy has lived up to his “Mad Scientist” nickname after his obscure transformation to hit it consistently further than everyone else.
That being said, DeChambeau said he will be taking a different approach this time around. The 27-year-old has discussed an “ironed out” strategy to playing Augusta, which he believes will help him tame the beast that Augusta is.
DeChambeau is first in Scoring Average, first in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, first Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, and first in Driving Distance this season the PGA Tour. He didn’t play great at the WGC Matchplay event, but I think that just gives him a bigger edge heading into this week as he’ll fly under some people’s radars.
Dustin Johnson hasn’t played much golf in 2021. He’s played five events and has logged just one Top 10. DJ came into the last Masters Tournament as the hottest golfer in the galaxy. At this point of the season, he just doesn’t seem as focused.
If DeChambeau can putt well this week, I think he’ll have no problem finishing ahead of Johnson while also putting himself in contention. Plus, there is great value at +112 on DeChambeau in the Masters matchup odds.
Pick: Bryson DeChambeau (+112)
Matt Wallace Over the Old Timer
In my next pick, we take a look at two Englishmen. There’s Matt Wallace, a 30-year-old who has spent most of his career on the European Tour. And then there’s Ian Poulter, a 45-year-old who has been a staple on the PGA Tour for years now.
Matt Wallace was tied with Jordan Spieth after 54 holes at the Valero Texas Open last week. Wallace posted a -2 under 70 on Sunday, finishing third place. At TPC San Antonio last week, Wallace was third in greens in regulation, first in Strokes Gained: Approach, and first in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green.
Matt Wallace gained 15.32 strokes from tee-to-green last week, the most in an event for any non-winner since the start of the 2020 season. pic.twitter.com/aIOUvvwfIS
— Rick Gehman (@RickRunGood) April 5, 2021
Wallace has one of the most underrated major resumes in golf. The Englishman finished 19th at the 2018 PGA Championship, third at the 2019 PGA Championship, and 12th at the 2019 US Open. Consistent performances all around in only a few major starts.
Poulter has had some good finishes at the Masters in years past, but he comes into this year’s major in poor form. Before a solid performance at the WGC Match Play, he missed cuts at THE PLAYERS and The Honda Classic. Moreover, he doesn’t have a Top 20 finish since the CJ Cup in October 2020.
Although Poulter has more experience at Augusta, I think Matt Wallace will outperform him. The conditions won’t be super easy like the last Masters, which means distance will be very important this week. Bank on Wallace to continue his solid stretch of golf into this week.
Pick: Matt Wallace (-120)
Battle of the Englishmen Part 2
Matthew Fitzpatrick takes on Tyrrell Hatton as the favorite in his Masters matchup this week. Fitzpatrick has not had a great finish at the Masters since 2016, where he posted a final round 67 to finish tied-seventh.
The 26-year-old has also been one of the hottest golfers on Tour recently. Excluding the WGC Match Play, Fitzpatrick finished tied-ninth at THE PLAYERS, tied-10th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, tied-11th at the WGC Workday and tied-fifth at the Genesis in his last four starts.
Tyrrell Hatton started off this PGA Tour season with a few solid starts at The CJ Cup and Vivint Houston Open but has struggled since. Hatton’s top finish in 2021 was tied-21st at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a final round of 77.
Oddly enough, Hatton has only missed four cuts in his last 30 events. Those four missed cuts were at THE PLAYERS, Masters, US Open, and PGA Championship. Safe to say Hatton doesn’t shine in big moments. Fitzpatrick comes into this week on a roll and should have no problem taking down his fellow Englishman as a sizeable favorite in the Masters matchup odds.
Pick: Matthew Fitzpatrick (-137)
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