World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is the prohibitive favore to win consecutive Masters titles and other elite stars like Bryson DeChambeau, a red-hot Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm are at the top of the odds leaderboard to win the 2021 Masters Championship.
However, there are a handful of other gifted golfers lurking just behind the odds-on-favorites to win the most prestigious golf tournament in the world that will all have a great chance to get a career-defining win this coming weekend. With the 85th edition of the Masters set to get underway on Thursday, April 8, let’s take a look at six ‘under the radar’ golfers that all look like legitimate contenders along with their Master odds.
2021 Masters Betting Analysis – The Top 6 Under The Radar Contenders
Odds to win 2021 Masters
- Lee Westwood +4000
- Tony Finau +3500
- Patrick Reed +3300
- Viktor Hovland +3300
- Sung-Jae Im +3500
- Hideki Matsuyama +4500
Seventh in the OGWR, the 30-year-old Reed has seven Top-25 finishes and three Top-10 finishes in 10 events this season. Reed hits this year’s Masters fresh off of consecutive Top-25 finishes in his last two tournaments. Reed ranks a stupendous second in birdie average (4.84).
14th in the OGWR, the 23-year-old Norway native has seven Top-25 finishes and four Top-10 finishes in 12 events this season. Hovland missed the cut at the Players’ Championship and a T42 finish in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament two weeks ago, but he recorded three straight Top 5 finishes just prior to that. Hovland ranks ninth in birdie average (4.62) and is simply too gifted to not challenge.
18th in the OGWR, the 23-year-old South Korean has nine Top-25 finishes and three Top-10 finishes in 18 events this season. Im should be motivated following his T42 finish in the WGC-Dell Technologies tournament. Im ranks eighth in driving accuracy (69.89%) and 21st in scoring average (70.1).
25th in the OGWR, the 29-year-old Japanese star has seven Top-25 finishes, but only one Top-10 finish in 16 events this season. Still, Matsuyama finished a respectable T30 at this past weekend’s Texas Open and has recorded two Top-20 finishes in his last four outings. Matsuyama ranks 57th in birdie average (4.02) and 49th in scoring average (70.6) and totally fits the bill as a talented under the radar contender.
13th in the OGWR, the 31-year-old Utah native has eight Top-25 finishes and five Top-10 finishes in 13 events this season. The Utah native has missed the cut in two of his last three outings including this past weekend’s Valero Texas Open, but Finau finished second in the Genesis Invitational in February, and T2 in the Farmers Insurance Open to cap off January. Finau is eighth in scoring average (69.8)
20th in the Official Golf World Rankings (OGWR), 47-year-old Lee Westwood has four Top 25 finishes and two Top-1o finishes in nine events this season. The Englishman missed the cut at the Honda Classic and finished T18 in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament two weeks ago, but he finished second in each of his two previous outings. I’m giving Westwood a puncher’s chance.