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The Masters Par 3 Contest Props: Over/Under on Hole in Ones Set at 3.5

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The 2019 Masters Par 3 contest tees off on Wednesday, April 10th. Photo by pocketwiley (flickr) [CC License].
  • A tradition unlike any other – the Masters Par 3 contest begins April 10th
  • No Par 3 contest winner has ever slipped into a green jacket that same year
  • We have some fun prop bets to wager on for this annual tradition

The 2019 Masters is right around the corner on April 11th with Rory McIlroy the clear favorite to complete the career grand slam.

Before Jim Nantz can wax poetic about the azaleas and Magnolia Lane, there is the annual par-3 contest taking place on April 10th. It’s always a lighthearted affair with current players and legends of the game teeing it up for the 9-hole competition.

We have selected a few prop bets to place a wager on courtesy of BetOnline.

Will There Be a Hole in One?

Will There Be a Hole in One? Odds at BetOnline
Yes -3300
No +1200

This one should be pretty straightforward – don’t overthink it. With the world class players competing and each having nine chances to record an ace, it’ll almost assuredly occur.

Last year there were three aces including perhaps the most famous one ever (more on that later.) The bet here is yes.

Pick: Yes (-3300)

How Many Holes in One Will There Be?

Number of Holes in One Odds at BetOnline
Over 3.5 -120
Under 3.5 -110

The record for most holes in one in a single year was a whopping nine in 2016, bettering the previous high water mark of five in 2002. While it may be the prudent decision to pick the under, give your head a shake, misery guts. Cheer for fireworks, so bet the over.

Pick: Over 3.5 (-120)

Par 3 Contest Winning Score Odds

Par 3 Contest Winning Score Odds at BetOnline
Over 22.5 +260
Under 22.5 -350

Last year the venerable Tom Watson became the oldest winner with a 6-under, 21 at the age of 68! This line feels like it should be set at 21.5, because there’s virtually no way nobody shoots 5 under par.

The only thing to consider is that winning the Par 3 contest is considered a curse, so someone in contention may throw it so they don’t jinx themselves. Still, somebody will go low, so bet the under.

Pick: Under 22.5 (-350)

Will the Par 3 Contest Winner Win the Masters?

Will the Par 3 Contest Win the Masters? Odds at BetOnline
Yes +2000
No -6600

At first blush this seems too juicy to pass up. However, no Par 3 contest winner has ever slipped into a green jacket later that week. The closest was Raymond Floyd in 1990, but he ended up losing a playoff to Nick Faldo.

As stated earlier, sometimes those winning get scared they’ll not take home a green jacket so they purposely stop keeping track of their score. Do the smart thing and bet no.

Pick: No (-6600)

Odds a Player Misses the Masters Due to Par 3 Contest Injury

Will Anyone Miss the Masters Because of Par 3 Injury? Odds at BetOnline
Yes +1400
No -4000

This of course is a cheeky homage to one of the most shocking and seemingly gruesome injuries from the 2018 Masters Par 3 Contest courtesy of Tony Finau.

Somehow he popped his ankle back in after celebrating that hole in one and ended up competing in the Masters en route to a top-10 in his tournament debut.

Betting yes to this is foolish and reckless for not a massive payout, so pick no.

Pick: No (-4000)

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Michael "Hound Dog" Harrison is well known in the sports industry as the resident statisitician for the Jay and Dan Show. He has worked at TSN for over 13 years, where he's been featured on Sportscentre, That's Hockey, That's Hockey 2Nite, The Masters preview shows, and several more.