Dustin Johnson favored to defend Masters title

Will Gray
·3 min read

Fresh off a five-shot win at Augusta National, Dustin Johnson now embraces one of the best problems in golf: having the shortest turnaround time ever before putting his Masters title back on the line.

An unprecedented November tournament means there are less than five months until the 2021 Masters, which will be the next men's major as the sport returns to its normal cadence after a pandemic-disrupted 2020 season. Johnson will have to squeeze 12 months of green jacket celebrations into less than half the time before he drives down Magnolia Lane and hangs it on the rack in his new station within the champions' locker room.

Johnson's win was his fifth straight top-10 finish at the Masters, and it further strengthened his grip on the world No. 1 ranking. As a result it's not exactly a surprise to see his name atop the betting odds for the 2021 Masters, listed at +800 and just below the +825 odds he teed off with last week. Closest to Johnson are U.S. Open champ Bryson DeChambeau and a trio of former world No. 1s, while 2019 winner Tiger Woods headlines the group at +3000.

At +3500, Daniel Berger has the lowest odds of any player who didn't qualify for last week's event. Other notables who missed out but are assured of making the field in the spring are Viktor Hovland (+5000), Harris English (+9000) and Russell Henley (+15000). Meanwhile, veterans like Jason Day (+5000), Rickie Fowler (+7000), Lee Westwood (+8000) and Ian Poulter (+10000) are not yet qualified but could lock up invitations by remaining inside the top 50 in the world ranking at the end of the calendar year.

Here's a look at the some of the notable odds for next spring, when the sport once again returns to its typical mid-April visit to Augusta:

Odds to win 2021 Masters (via PointsBet Sportsbook)

+800: Dustin Johnson

+900: Bryson DeChambeau

+1000: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm

+1100: Justin Thomas

+1500: Brooks Koepka

+2000: Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay

+2500: Collin Morikawa, Webb Simpson

+3000: Tiger Woods, Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama, Sungjae Im, Matthew Wolff

+3500: Bubba Watson, Tony Finau, Daniel Berger

+4000: Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Scottie Scheffler

+5000: Jason Day, Cameron Smith, Adam Scott, Tommy Fleetwood, Jordan Spieth, Viktor Hovland, Cameron Champ

+6000: Louis Oosthuizen, Will Zalatoris, Abraham Ancer

+7000: Sergio Garcia, Shane Lowry, Rickie Fowler, Matthew Fitzpatrick

+8000: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood, Jason Kokrak, Henrik Stenson, Phil Mickelson

+9000: Matt Kuchar, Harris English, Joaquin Niemann

+10000: Danny Willett, Ian Poulter, Sebastian Munoz, Billy Horschel, Francesco Molinari, Dylan Frittelli, Gary Woodland, Corey Conners

+15000: Russell Henley, Brendon Todd, Lanto Griffin, Chez Reavie, Matt Wallace, Erik van Rooyen, Kevin Streelman, Kevin Na, Si Woo Kim, Kevin Kisner

+20000: Zach Johnson, Ryan Palmer, Bernd Wiesberger, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Joel Dahmen, Victor Perez, Mackenzie Hughes

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