2017 Masters: 10 Longshots to Watch

With the Masters less than a week away, it's time to start thinking about your Masters pools and looking at some longshots that could pay big dividends. While the favorites are clear, making great picks on lesser known players key to having success in pools, Draftkings and on bets. Here are some players who are flying under the radar that I would keep an eye on and wouldn’t be surprised to see contend and possibly win. Odds provided by golfodds.com

Jimmy Walker - 80 to 1

Walker ranks in the top 25 in the world, has registered a top 10 at Augusta, has four top 25 finishes in 2017 and is the reigning PGA Champion. This makes 80 to 1 seem like a bargain! Walker’s game is a good fit for Augusta and the forecast which is filled with rain should bode well for the veteran who won his first major championship at the rain-soaked Baltusrol last year.

Tommy Fleetwood - 100 to 1

Fleetwood has been one of the biggest risers in the world rankings moving from 99th to 33rd in 2017. The Englishman earned his first win since 2013 at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship besting Dustin Johnson by one shot, and showed his game belonged with the world’s best players at the WGC Mexico Championship where he finished runner-up to Johnson. The only thing that is working against Fleetwood is this will be his maiden trip to Augusta.

Paul Casey has had a lot of success at Augusta National

Paul Casey - 40 to 1 

The Englishman has made ten trips to the Masters, registering top 11 finishes in half of them. While Casey hasn’t won since 2014, he has been oh so close with seven top three finishes since his last win. 

Byeong Hun An - 150 to 1

An made headlines by shutting down Grayson Murray on Twitter this week, but he could be one that surprises at the Masters. He has proven through victories at the European PGA Championship and the U.S. Amateur that when his game is on he is as good as any player in the world. He’s had a good start to 2017, making the cut in all of his starts and finishing in the top 15 twice. If the forecast for rain holds true, it should benefit An who hits it long and high.

Thomas Pieters stalking a putt at the WGC Match Play

Thomas Pieters stalking a putt at the WGC Match Play

Thomas Pieters - 60 to 1

Pieters is a sexy pick for this year’s Masters but there isn’t much to dislike about the young Belgian’s first trip to Augusta. He is long off the tee, surgical with his approach shots and proved at last year’s Ryder Cup he’s not afraid of the moment.

Matthew Fitzpatrick - 60 to 1

The young Englishman was sensational at his professional Masters debut last year, finishing t7th. At the age of 22, Fitzpatrick has already won three times. I see a lot of similarities in his game and Jordan Spieth’s as each has no glaring weakness and do many aspects of the game well, something which comes in handy at Augusta.

Bernd Wiesberger - 200 to 1 

Wiesberger is a relative unknown to American fans playing primarily on the European Tour. His game revolves around his length off the tee and he has made the cut at his two Masters appearances, finishing t22nd in 2015 and t38th last year. The Austrian has also had a strong start to 2017, making the cut in all of his six starts and notching two top five finishes. 

Rafa Cabrera-Bello - 100 to 1

Last year was RCB’s first appearance at Augusta and he impressed with a t17th finish. Cabrera-Bello’s strong suits are his precise iron play and prodigious length off the tee, two traits that should serve him well at Augusta. The Spaniard has notched four top 20 finishes in 2017 and will look to have his breakout finish.

JB Holmes

JB Holmes - 100 to 1 

Holmes finished t4th at last year’s Masters and has the length to take advantage of Augusta’s par 5’s. Holmes has been playing the best golf of his career in the past 12 months and will look to add a major championship to his resume. 

Danny Willett - 85 to 1 

This might be the highest odds ever for a defending champion, 85 to 1. While Willett isn’t in top form coming into the week, he is still the defending champion. The club that Willett has struggled most with since his win at last year’s Masters is his driver. Augusta’s wide fairways should serve as a sight for sore eyes, and if he brings his A game, he is a threat to win anywhere as we saw last year.

 

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