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Bookmakers and Handicappers Talk 2024 Masters, Scotty Scheffler, Tiger Woods


Scottie Scheffler (+400), Rory McIlory (+1000) and Jon Rahm (+1100) are the three biggest betting favorites to head to the 2024 Masters at the infamous Augusta National Golf Club in beautiful East Georgia.

Yes, you read that right – Scheffler is currently 4/1 in the market, which means he will win this year's tournament about 20% of the time.

The 27-year-old's four-dollar price is the lowest since Tiger Woods entered Thursday's opening round at 7/2 in 2013. Woods was regularly priced at 2/1 in the early 2000s.

“Going back to last year's Masters, Scheffler lost a stroke on the green almost every week,” said Circa Sports Director of Risk. Jeff Davis told Fox Sports from Las Vegas. “From Pebble Beach, though, he's earned strokes on the green in five of six events this year. His form is unreal.”

Maybe that's the great counterpart of the mallet putter.

My friend Jeff Seeley, golf handicapper extraordinaire and host of the “Cutmaker Podcast,” has basically told everyone he's ever met that Scheffler's top-10 finish with another team won the championship.

For example, Scheffler T10 and the Boston Celtics to win the NBA title pay north of 3/1, while Scheffler T10 wheeled with the Denver Nuggets is 5/1.

If Scheffler does his job, you'll have options down the road.

The boys are a little further down the board in terms of betting, with Sealy gunning for Irishman Shane Lowry at 60/1 and grabbing a flyer on Chris Kirk at 175/1.

“Lowry's current form is strong,” Seely said. “He's finished 19th, 3rd and 4th in his last three events and has course form at Augusta as well. How about 16th in 2023, 3rd in 2022 and top 25s the previous two years?

“And we know he can win a major.”

Seeley has what Kirk calls “pizza money” that he can win outright but really likes him in the top-10 and top-20 markets, which are available in most stores.

“He's come a long way and reinvented himself,” Seeley explained. “He's come back well and is a solid shot at that price.”

Meanwhile, there's always a stable of characters rooting against sportsbooks throughout this big golf weekend. It usually consists of former champions or highly popular underdogs or even both.

“Tigers better not win,” Davis cracked. “The good thing is, we don't have any catastrophic results because of all the Scheffler interest. If the tournament starts now, we'll have to avoid Matsuyama, Wyndham Clarke, Sergio Garcia, Tiger or Phil Mickelson winning.

“Tiger wasn't exactly popular for life in the Masters pool. But earlier this week, we started getting peppered. Everyone was betting on him this week of the tournament. We were up to 180-1, now we're down. 140-1.

“The cut prop is also quite popular. We'll have to miss the cut on Tiger for a decent chunk of change. We'll see what happens.”

Naturally, Seeley found a creative way to make the bet against Tiger.

“I love Phil against Tiger in matchup play,” he said. “I've put -115 and -130 in a few places. I think it should be -165 or -175. It's a very attractive market because people go after Tiger at higher prices.

“Sorry, Tiger.”

Sam Panayotovich is a sports betting analyst for Fox Sports and NESN. He previously worked for WGN Radio, NBC Sports and VSIN. He will probably pick against your favorite team. Follow him on Twitter @spshoot.


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