The 2020 Masters will be a tournament unlike any other, as it was postponed from its usual April date to November. How will weather impact the tournament? Which golfers are in form? Which players offer the best betting value.
Our mega tournament preview from Brady Kannon, Wes Reynolds, Jeff Sealey, Matt Youmans gives their best value bets, matchups they like and a breakdown for every player in the field.
Best value bets to win
Jon Rahm (11-1)
Reynolds: Going into 2020, he was my pick to win the Masters in April. Now the Masters is in November this year, but I have no reason to not consider him the man to beat. The World No.2 has the game to win here. He is both long and accurate off the tee and ranked 2nd in Total Driving on the PGA Tour this past season. The Spaniard can not only take advantage of the Par 5s with his length, but also has the scrambling and lag putting skills to succeed on these slick and fast Bentgrass greens.
Last time out, Rahm was second in SG: Tee-To-Green in his runner-up finish in the Zozo Championship at Sherwood. The approach game ranked 6th in the field in that event as well. Rahm's middle irons are really the one area where he can improve, but if they are on the level they were at Sherwood three weeks ago, then he's going to be right there for the win because the other aspects of his game are consistently top-notch.
He is one of a select few (DeChambeau, Thomas, D. Johnson, Morikawa) to win multiple events this summer. Rahm dominated at the Memorial Tournament, which has obvious correlations to Augusta National. He also won in a playoff at the BMW Championship over World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, so despite still looking for his first major, he is a proven player for big events in pressure situations against the world's best.
Rahm will also be paired with tournament favorite Bryson DeChambeau on Thursday and Friday, which could work out for both good and bad, but I'm going to lean on the good because that gives him even that slightly extra motivation to take down the man that everyone seems to already be fitting for the green jacket. Rahm just turned 26 on Tuesday so a new jacket would be just the perfect birthday present to himself.
Rory McIlroy (12-1)
As ridiculous as it sounds, McIlroy just might be under the radar this week in spite of being his usual short price. All the pre-tournament buzz is around DeChambeau, World No. 1 Dustin Johnson and a returning Brooks Koepka, and then there's Rory, who is looking to complete the career Grand Slam.
If this event were played in its customary spot in April earlier this year, McIlroy would have had all eyes on him as the favorite as he was the No. 1 ranked player in the world before COVID-19. The pressure of being No. 1 and trying to complete the career Slam could have been too much. Originally I was not looking Rory's way, but the fact that he is not the talk of the golf media at Augusta National makes me like him more this week. Now he doesn't have the biggest target on his back and he's also a recent first-time father so he is likely in a better place mentally.
Rory is the only player in the Top 12 on the odds board without a Top 5 finish since the June restart, but there are signs of a potential peak here this week. Last time out, he only finished 17th at the Zozo, but came back from a bad opening round of 73 and gained almost eight shots on the field tee-to-green over the last three rounds and around four and a half shots on the field just on approach shots.