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2022 The Masters Preview & Betting Picks

2022 The Masters Preview & Betting Picks

What a time to be alive. The first major of the year is upon us as the best players in the world descend on Augusta National Golf Course for this years edition of The Masters. 

As always, we have you covered with a full preview and betting picks for one of the best weekends on the sporting calendar below.

The Masters Betting Picks

Television: Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN); Saturday, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. (CBS); Sunday, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. (CBS)

Radio: Thursday-Sunday, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. ET (CBS Radio; Sirius 208, XM 92) (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio)

For outside of the U.S., click here for GOLFTV powered by the PGA TOUR

Stream: On the Range, Holes 4-6, Featured Group coverage, Amen Corner, and Holes 15 & 16 will be available to stream for views in the U.S. only via Masters.com (Starting times include: Thursday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. ET)

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The Field

TIGER! That is all that seems to matter as the final few days wind down before the tournament kicks off on Thursday morning. Will the five-time Masters champion make a recovery from injuries sustained in his car crash in time to tee off? As of right now, Woods has listed himself as a ‘game time decision’ for The Masters. 

One notable player that will be absent from the tournament is Phil Mickelson. The outspoken star and defending PGA Champion made headlines earlier in the year with his controversial support for the Saudi Golf Tour. His actions have seemingly seen him shunned from the American golf landscape, and many think his absence this week could be due to an undisclosed suspension. 

The rest of the field is to script for a major tournament. All of the top players in the world will be in attendance in the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm and the new No.1 player in the world in Scottie Scheffler. 

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The Course

Augusta National Golf Club
Location: Augusta, Georgia
Established:  1921
Designed By: Bobby Jones, Alister MacKenzie
Par: 72
Length: 7,510 Yards  
Slope Rating: 137

There’s not much more to say about Augusta National that hasn’t already been said. The most exclusive club in the world will open it’s doors to a few first time participants this year, who will be at a disadvantage to the rest of the field who have played the famous course many times before. 

A few changes have been made to Augusta for the 2022 edition of The Masters, mostly to combat the ever increasing length that players are getting off the tee. The Par-4 11th and the Par-5 15th have both been lengthened by about 20 yards, although we don’t expect this to have a tremendous effect on final scores. 

Par-5 scoring and putting are the two major focuses at Augusta National for us this week, as those two categories generally rank as some of the most important when it comes to winning a Green Jacket. 

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Power Rankings

1 – Cameron Smith

Scottie Scheffler might be the new No.1 ranked player in the world, but there is arguably no golfer in better form at the moment than Aussie Cam Smith. Smith has climbed to No.6 in the world on the back of two wins already this season including his last tournament, The Players. Is one of the hottest putters in the world.

2 - Will Zalatoris

Zalatoris has already competed in 11 PGA Tour events this season, having made seven cuts in a row and finishing top 10 in four of those tournaments. He will be back to go one better after finishing 2nd in his first trip to Augusta last season. 

3 - Jordan Spieth

When you think of Augusta, if Tiger Woods isn’t the first player that comes to mind, Jordan Spieth probably is. The 2015 Masters Champion has a ridiculous record at Augusta, having racked up six top 11 finishes in eight trips. Best putter in the world. 

4 - Jon Rahm

Hasn’t been in world beating form this season but still has to be respected any time he tees it up. Hasn’t missed a cut in his last eight tournaments including a six top 21 finishes in a row. Finished fifth at Augusta last season, his fourth top 10 finish in a row at The Masters. 

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5 - Sam Burns

Would be higher on this list if not for the fact that this is his first trip to The Masters. Burns is one of the hottest golfers in the world right now. One of just four players to have won two tournaments so far this season after taking out the Sanderson Farms as well as the recent Valspar Championship. In 13 tournaments this season, he has nine top 20 finishes. 

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