2021 Masters Picks: Sleepers and long shots to target

    Eighty-eight golfers are set to play Thursday in the first round of the masters tournament at the augusta national golf club. dustin johnson looks to defend his 2020 title from just five months ago and starts the week as the +900 favorite. Next, we look for a better value and target 5 sleepers and long shot picks to win the masters of 2021.

    johnson, who is the no. 2 in the golfweek/sagarin world ranking, closely followed by bryson dechambeau (7), jon rahm (1), jordan spieth (43 ) and justin thomas (9) for betting odds at +1100. Spieth is fresh off a win at last week’s Valero Texas Open.

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    There will be a limited number of sponsors allowed for angc reasons this week. the fall tournament was held completely without spectators; As a result, several debutants did well and nearly cashed in unlikely betting slips.

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    gary forest (+10000)

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    The 2019 US Open champion is ranked only 127th in the Golf Week Rankings, but has returned to 53rd in the Official World Golf Rankings after finishing T-6 at the Texas Open. It was his first top-10 performance in 17 events as he battled injuries for most of last year.

    More impressive than the t-6 ending on a considerably weaker course was woodland’s 1.22 strokes gained: around the green per round for the tournament. His strong short game and iron play are well suited to Augusta National.

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    shane lowry (+10000)

    lowry, the still reigning 2019 open championship winner, got off to a delayed start on the pga tour in 2021. he made his calendar year debut with a lackluster t-48 at the wgc-workday championship, but just two weeks later he finished eighth. against most of this same top competition in the player championship.

    carlos ortiz (+12500)

    ortiz earned entry to the masters by earning his first career pga tour win at the vivint houston open in the fall and will make his national debut at augusta ranked 47th in the owgr. he is tied for 10th on the tour in par-5 scoring, and is 13th in 3-putt avoidance and bogey avoidance.

    christiaan bezuidenhout (+12500)

    bezuidenhout was one of those impressive newcomers in the fall, as he finished tied for 38th, but made an early appearance on the front page of the standings with a first-round minus-3, 69. Since then, he has two wins on the European tour and is up to no. 49 in the golfweek ranking.

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    ryan palmer (+15000)

    palmer makes his first masters appearance since finishing t-33 in 2015, but was 10th in 2011. tied for 17th in each of his last two stroke play events, and is fifth on tour in par 5 scoring. 23rd in scrambling and tied for 27th in bogey avoidance.

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