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Starting tomorrow, the best golfers in the world will aim to put their name in the history books at the 2021 Masters. But who are William Hill bettors backing to capture a green jacket at Augusta?
After he was a co-favorite yesterday, Jordan Spieth stands alone atop the board at William Hill Nevada at +900. Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas are tied for the second-lowest odds at 10/1, with Bryson DeChambeau (12/1) and Jon Rahm (13/1) right behind. Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay are next at 17/1 and 18/1 respectively, followed by Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa at 22/1 apiece.
“Spieth we still get dismantled with, he’s still No. 1 in tickets and money,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “Johnson, though, is closing in on him in money pretty fast. The other guy we had major liability on was Sergio [Garcia], but we’ve gotten out of the hole with him. Out of the top guys, Rory [McIlroy] and Xander Schauffele aren’t getting much respect at all, no one is running to the window to bet either one of them.”
In terms of total dollars wagered, Spieth leads the way with 9% of all 2021 Masters futures wagers. Meanwhile, Johnson and Thomas have each captured 8% of the total dollars wagered.
Spieth and Johnson have both attracted a significant wager on them winning a second Masters. Spieth drew $6,000 on him at 14/1 for a total potential payout of $90,000, while Johnson also snagged a $6,000 bet at +900 for a total potential payout of $60,000. Those are the biggest 2021 Masters wagers taken thus far at William Hill.
After those three, DeChambeau has reeled in 6% of the total dollars wagered, with Rahm and Morikawa lurking at 5% each.
“We’re a small loser with Morikawa right now,” Bogdanovich said. “I dropped him this morning from 25/1 to 22/1. He’s a great iron player, which you need here. But his putting is his problem. When you’re in your early twenties and switching grips, that’s not ideal. On these greens, if it’s firm and fast, you better be putting your ball well this week. So we’ll see if that brings him down or not.”
For total number of tickets, Spieth (7%) is edging out Thomas (6%) for the top spot. Morikawa ranks third in this category at 5%. Four golfers have generated 4% of the total number of tickets: Johnson, DeChambeau, Tony Finau (25/1) and Brooks Koepka (35/1).
Among the longer shots, only one golfer with odds of 40/1 or higher has collected at least 2% of both the total number of tickets and total dollars wagered: Sungjae Im (45/1).
Further down the board, Joaquin Niemann at 70/1 received a $2,100 wager for a total potential payout of $149,100. Additionally, $1,000 was placed on Phil Mickelson 100/1 for a total potential payout of $101,00.
Check out William Hill’s latest trends for 2021 Masters futures below.