Masters 2023 picks and predictions: Scottie Scheffler looking to take another Green Jacket at Augusta

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Scheffler will have his eyes on the big prize at Augusta National in 2023 - © Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

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The Masters2023
WhereAugusta National, GA
WhenApr 3 - Apr 9
How to WatchESPN & CBS

Scottie Sheffler dons the green jacket, but Augusta never sleeps, and prep is already underway for the Masters 2023. The course, the road to Augusta and the research for us - the golf bettors, begins here.

What should we look for as a prospective Masters 2023 winner?

Scottie Scheffler Masters Champion

Scottie Scheffler won the 2022 Masters - © Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

The great thing about Masters picks and betting is that the venue doesn’t change. The Masters 2023 betting market will be up all year round and we can pick off good value bets if and when we see them. The downside is that the extra place terms are not available, and it’s also hard to predict the form of golfers well in advance of each major golf tournament.

It can pay to keep an eye on any golfer moving up the levels that fits the Augusta profiling criteria and may be well under the bookmaker’s radar. This is the upside – we can pick up tremendous prices in a risk versus reward scenario.

The key attributes to have as a prerequisite to make a challenge for the Masters and the famed green jacket are power, par 5 ability and strong mentality. Quality mid to long irons are required with a good hole out game, and a right to left shape and course knowledge wouldn’t go amiss.

• Driving Distance

• Par five scoring

• High trajectory approaches

• Holing out ability

• Long iron proximity

• Mentally strong

Scottie Sheffler (+1100) is the man they will all be looking to take the “Masters champion” title. Scottie is the third notable player that plays with a strong fade off the tee to win the Masters in recent years. In fact, alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson, this means the last three winners were left to right players. Scottie also won on just his second appearance here, so two long-term trends look to definitely be subsiding now. We are no longer looking just at experienced drawers of the golf ball.

Who is on the radar for our Masters 2023 Picks?

Sam Burns Golf

Sam Burns could be a big player at Augusta in 2023- © Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Burns (+5000) was one of our Augusta picks last time out but to no avail. He has the game and the power to thrive for the Masters in 2023. Sam is showing a strong career trajectory and in 2022 his expected strokes gained course fit measured 9.1. When April comes around it wouldn’t surprise me to see this big hitter rating even higher.

Cameron Champ (+12500) is another player long on the Augusta picks radar. Champ is one of the elite longest players on tour who also excels with his long to mid iron game. He ranks top 10 for strokes gained off the tee and now has three from three notable appearances at the Masters with T19, T26 and T10 finishes. He is a hit or miss, horses for courses type player who will excel regularly on particular venues, so we should pay attention to any course form trends. Champ already has four wins, with three of them on the PGA Tour.

Give me an off the radar pick for Augusta 2023

Davis Riley is another player who could be on a significant upward trajectory in his early golf journey. Described by good friend Will Zalatoris and Justin Thomas as a future top 10 in the world player, the big hitter thrives from tee to green and has an aggressive JT-like style of play. There are no odds yet for Riley as he currently doesn’t qualify for the Masters 2023 betting. Keeping an eye on when he comes into the market could be a strong angle to play to get him onside early.

It could be a case of twin Cam on the Masters 2023 picks shortlist: bomber Cameron Young (+15000), also possesses a strong holing out ability and touch with the flat stick, and he looks to have a tough competitive nature and mentality. The American is on a run of four top 3 finishes in his maiden full season on the PGA Tour and the 25-year-old is into the top 40 in the official world golf rankings as I write. He owns back-to-back wins on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2021 to demonstrate his competitive streak. Young is 2nd in strokes gained off the tee and 14th in tee to green performance and I might be eyeing Cameron in the Masters 2023 top debutant market.

Are there any Europeans suited to the Masters 2023 Augusta test?

Thomas Pieters (+10000) and Min Woo Lee are two DP World Tour players who have already had a taster of what it’s like to go well at Augusta. Both come carrying the requisite course fit requirements with Augusta ratings of 8.5 and 8.62 respectively. This means they are expected to perform about a half a stroke per round better than the average Masters 2023 qualifier or invitee due to their specific attributes. Min Woo Lee showed what he could do at Augusta in round four in 2022 when going on a birdie streak to propel him to tied top debutant honors and a t14 finish. Thomas Pieters recorded a Masters t4 finish in 2017 recording two rounds of 68 in the process.

The Masters 2023Odds
Rory McIlroy+1100
Jon Rahm+1100
Scottie Scheffler+1100
Juston Thomas+1200
Cameron Smith+1200
Dustin Johnson+1400
Collin Morikawa+1600
Brooks Koepka+1800
Jordan Spieth+2000

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