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Johnson Opens as Favorite in 2021 Masters Odds

David Golokhov

by David Golokhov in Golf

Nov 15, 2020 · 5:39 PM PST

Dustin Johnson measuring up a putt
After winning his first green jacket, Dustin Johnson has opened as the favorite to win the 2021 Masters. Photo by David John Griffin/Icon Sportswire.
  • Dustin Johnson won the Masters on Sunday, claiming his first-ever green jacket
  • Johnson has opened as the favorite to win the 2021 Masters
  • See below for analysis on whether or not DJ is a good bet to repeat at Augusta next year

Dustin Johnson won the Masters for the first time on Sunday, smashing a number of records along the way. As we look ahead to the 2021 Masters Odds, Johnson has opened as a favorite to win at Augusta National next year. Is he a good bet at this point or is there value somewhere else on the board?

2021 Masters Odds

Player Odds
Dustin Johnson +800
Rory McIlroy +900
Jon Rahm +1200
Justin Thomas +1400
Brooks Koepka +1400
Bryson DeChambeau +1600
Xander Schauffele +2200
Hideki Matsuyama +2500
Patrick Cantlay +2500
Patrick Reed +2800

*Odds taken November 15th

Johnson Cruises To First Green Jacket

Johnson entered Sunday’s final round with a lead and as the favorite to claim the major. He ended up sealing the deal fairly easily. There wasn’t much of a sweat throughout the day as he ended up winning the event at -20. Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im were his chief competitors coming into the day but he kept them at bay as both finished five strokes back.

That 20-under score ended up being a tournament record, besting Tiger Woods’ 18-under in 1997. The five-shot win was the biggest since 1997 when Woods won by 12 shots. Johnson has had a number of close calls at the Masters, finishing in the top-10 in each of his last four appearances. Many of those shortcomings will now be forgotten now that he’s won a green jacket.

DeChambeau Proves A Disappointment

A lot of people were excited about Bryson DeChambeau’s prospects going into the Masters. He was the pre-tournament favorite but never really challenged for the win. He ended up finishing in a tie for 34th with a final score of -2. It’s hard to believe that even 63-year-old Bernhard Langer finished ahead of him.

The 2020 U.S. Open champ got off to a decent start with a 70 in Round 1 but his 74 in Round 2 essentially dropped him out of contention. He also shot a 73 on Sunday, so he was never even a threat to cash for Top-10 props. He’s always had a rough time at Augusta, never finishing better than 21st.

Johnson Favored In 2021, McIlroy Right Behind

Taking a look ahead to 2021, it’s Johnson who is unsurprisingly the favorite to win the Masters once again. Of course, how these long-term futures typically work is if a quality team or player wins the event, they’re posted as the favorite or among the favorites for the following year. Obviously, it’s still way too early to make any concrete judgements.

As we can see, DeChambeau has fallen back as his history at Augusta is going to be an initial concern. If he gets hot right before the 2021 Masters and plays like he did in the spring/summer, he’ll move up the board. For now, he’s just behind the first cut of favorites.

Rory McIlroy is right up there with Johnson as he’s coming off a fifth-place result. McIlroy has a fantastic track record at Augusta, so he’s worth trusting. He’s now finished in the top-10 in six of his last seven starts at the Masters. At least if you’re investing this early, bettors should feel confident that he’ll be in the running.

The challenge with betting Johnson is that we haven’t seen a back-to-back winner at the Masters since 2001 and 2002 when Tiger Woods did it. That’s the only time it’s been done in the last 30 years. That being the case, it seems like a tough sell to reinvest in Johnson at this point.

McIlroy is someone worth considering and Brooks Koepka is also worth a play. He’s now finished seventh and second at the last two Masters tournaments and is typically in the thick of things at the majors. Those are two players worth looking at as the historical odds suggest Johnson is a longshot to win it in consecutive years.

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