Masters prospects in 2022: Jon Ram and Justin Thomas lead the nominees as the first round approaches at Augusta National

Some might view the odds of betting on the 2022 Masters as a shock, as the Augusta National favorite has not won a tournament since June. Jon Ram has the shortest odds in Augusta National (10-1) with Justin Thomas (12-1) right behind him in the 86th edition of the event.

Since the start of the year, Ram has ranked fourth in the world in total hits earned and has four top 10 in eight total starts. On top of that, he has four consecutive top 10 spots at the Augusta National and looks set to win his second major championship just 10 months after his first. He’s been playing like the best golfer in the world should play, and Ram is definitely a favourite, even if he hasn’t sealed the deal in a tournament yet this year.

Thomas comes up with a similar stat file. He’s third in total hits this calendar year, he also has four in the top 10 on his resume, and somehow also didn’t win the championship. His odds were a little longer, perhaps because he wasn’t as historically dominant in the Augusta National as Ram, but the two clearly edge the plate above the rest of the field.

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Here’s a look at the favorites and a number of notable golfers in the rest of the field with odds presented by Caesars Sportsbook. Also, take a look at our Masters predictions and picks as we’ve narrowed down the contenders to the nine golfers most likely to win the Masters.

2022 MA Prospects

  • John Ram: 10-1
  • Justin Thomas: 12-1
  • Dustin Johnson: 16-1
  • Cameron Smith: 16-1
  • Scotty Scheffler: 18-1
  • Brooks Koepka: 18-1
  • Rory McIlroy: 20-1
  • Xander Shaveli: 20-1
  • Patrick Cantlay: 20-1
  • Jordan Spieth: 20-1
  • Victor Hovaland: 20-1
  • Colin Morikawa: 20-1

This is absolutely wonderful. You can have two major four-time winners (McIlroy, Koepka) with a longer time difference than golfers who haven’t won a major (Scheffler, Smith). It is true that Schaeffler and Smith have been playing better than McIlroy and Koepka, but it is also true that McIlroy has six Augusta top 10 players in his last eight starts and that Koepka has been the best major golfer in the world since 2016 By 64 (!!) strokes. Morikawa also feels like a good play considering he’s won two of his last seven majors.

  • Bison Deshampoo: 28-1
  • Will Zlatoris: 30-1
  • Hideki Matsuyama: 35-1
  • Daniel Berger: 40-1
  • Sam Burns: 40-1
  • Louis Oosthuizen: 40-1
  • Shane Lowry: 45-1
  • Joaquin Niemann: 45-1
  • Matt Fitzpatrick: 50-1
  • Paul Casey: 50-1
  • Cory Connors: 50-1
  • Terrell Hutton: 50-1
  • Tiger Woods: 50-1
  • Patrick Reed: 50-1
  • Adam Scott: 50-1
  • Sungjae Im: 50-1
  • Tony Fino: 50-1

Some names stand out. Since the start of the year, only Ram has hit the ball better than Zalatores, who also finished second here last season, with one stroke of a playoff. It should be 25-1 or 20-1 with how you hit it. I like Lowry as a bit of a sleeper too, especially at the age of 45-1. He plays golf amazingly and has a bit of a hiatus after playing four events in five weeks. Burns at 1-40 are convincing, although they are difficult to close the first time. He’s unique for the first time since he has three wins on the PGA Tour. Scott and Fino at 50-1 are worth a look.

Woods, while a great story worth celebrating, isn’t a good bet. The best comparison of what he’s trying to do this year is probably the 2018 Masters when he hasn’t played much at all since the end of 2015. He’s played five times to lead up to the Masters and finished T32. That’s a reasonable result (if not the top of the roof) for his week this time around.

  • Tommy Fleetwood: 60-1
  • Russell Henley: 60-1
  • Justin Rose: 65-1
  • Webb Simpson: 65-1
  • Bubba Watson: 65-1
  • Abraham Anser: 65-1
  • Mark Leishman: 65-1
  • Sergio Garcia: 65-1
  • Se Woo Kim: 80-1
  • Gary Woodland: 80-1
  • Billy Horschel: 80-1

It’s easy for Henley to fall in love with this number, and he has a top 15 back-to-back here. However, I’m forcing me to Lechman at 65-1 and Kim at 80-1. You can probably throw Rose at 65-1 there, too. All three golfers play this course well and have been either in or near a dispute for the past few years. In fact, all three finished in the top 15 in the 2021 Masters Championships behind Hideki Matsuyama, and while none of them are particularly booming at the moment, the Augusta National is one of the best “course horses” tracks in the entire world.

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