Masters action report: Bryson top liability

Will Gray
·2 min read

Heading into the opening round of the 2020 Masters, it's clear that oddsmakers will be rooting against Bryson DeChambeau.

DeChambeau is making his first major start since a six-shot romp at the U.S. Open in September, and his odds to slip (squeeze?) into a green jacket have tumbled in recent weeks. After opening at +2000, DeChambeau became an outright betting favorite last month and is now listed at +750 at PointsBet Sportsbook.

Oddsmakers have taken a deluge of action on DeChambeau, who now leads the way in both tickets (number of bets) and handle (amount of actual money wagered):

Most Tickets (via PointsBet)

Bryson DeChambeau (+750): 10.3 percent of all bets in futures market

Dustin Johnson (+825): 7.1 percent

Jon Rahm (+950): 6.8 percent

Justin Thomas (+1200): 6.3 percent

Tiger Woods (+5000): 6.1 percent

Most handle (via PointsBet)

DeChambeau: 11.1 percent of all money wagered in futures market

Rahm: 7.4 percent

Brooks Koepka (+1600): 6.4 percent

Woods: 6.1 percent

Johnson: 5.8 percent

While DeChambeau poses the most significant sweat, the largest single liability lies with a relative unknown. That would be J.T. Poston, who is making his Masters debut after qualifying with his win at the 2019 Wyndham Championship. Poston has never finished better than T-60 in a major and is ranked No. 63 in the world.

But one bettor put $1,000 on Poston this week at +40000 odds, a wager that will pay out a hefty $400,000 if he surprises with a win. Other potential six-figure payouts include a $2,000 wager on Rickie Fowler at +66000 (would win $132,000) and a $3,000 bet on PGA champ Collin Morikawa at +3500 that would pay out $105,000.

There has also been lopsided action in some of the prop markets. More than 30 percent of the bets on who will finish as top American have been split between DeChambeau (17.2 percent) and Thomas 13.1 percent). Bettors have also flocked to 2003 champ Mike Weir, whose odds to make the cut have tumbled from +800 to +300. Weir, who hasn't made the Masters cut since 2014, is the most-bet player in the "To Make the Cut" market.

The most-bet player on the other side of the coin? That would be defending champ Tiger Woods, who has a number of bettors expecting an early exit. Woods has never missed the cut at Augusta National in 20 starts as a pro, but his odds to do so this week have been trimmed from +260 to +240.

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