Tuesday, May 24, 2022

2022 Masters predictions, odds: Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Will Zalatoris picks from top model

The 2022 Masters begins Thursday, April 7 at Augusta National, and without a singular dominant force in the world of golf, there are dozens of players in the 2022 Masters field with a legitimate opportunity for a green jacket. Patrick Cantlay won the FedEx Cup and was the PGA Tour Player of the Year last season, but the No. 4 player in the Official World Golf Ranking still doesn’t have a major championship after turning 30 earlier this month. Cantlay was the low amateur at Augusta National in 2012 and could bring his career full circle with a win at the Masters 2022.

Cantlay is 18-1 in the 2022 Masters odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while world No. 1 Jon Rahm is the 8-1 favorite. Other 2022 Masters contenders include Collin Morikawa (12-1), Justin Thomas (12-1), Cameron Smith (16-1) and Viktor Hovland (16-1). Before locking in your 2022 Masters picks, be sure to see the golf predictions and projected leaderboard from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

SportsLine’s proprietary model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has been red-hot since the PGA Tour resumed in June 2020. In fact, it’s up over $8,200 on its best bets since that point, nailing tournament after tournament.

At the 2021 Open Championship, McClure’s best bets included Collin Morikawa winning outright even though he was listed as a massive 40-1 long shot. In addition, McClure’s model was all over Jon Rahm’s (10-1) first career major championship victory at the 2021 U.S. Open. Rahm was two strokes off the lead heading into the weekend, but the model still projected him as the winner. 

This same model has also nailed a whopping seven majors entering the weekend. Anyone who has followed it has seen massive returns.

Now that the Masters 2022 field is taking shape, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. Head to SportsLine now to see the projected 2022 Masters leaderboard.

Model’s top 2022 Masters predictions 

One huge shocker the model is calling for at the Masters 2022: McIlroy, a 20-time PGA Tour champion and one of the top favorites, stumbles at Augusta and finishes outside the top 10. McIlroy has been one of the hottest players on tour this season, securing a victory at the CJ Cup and finishing 13th or better in three of his last four starts. 

McIlroy has been able to secure those positive results thanks to his length, accuracy and impressive short game. However, the four-time major champion has been unable to win the Masters, the final major needed to complete his career grand slam. Plus, McIlroy currently ranks 109th on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy percentage (56.93), 154th in greens in regulation percentage (65.63) and 116th in putting average (1.762), which could cause major trouble at Augusta. He’s not a strong pick to win it all and there are far better values in a loaded 2022 Masters field.

On the other hand, the model has taken into account Spieth’s recent resurgence. The three-time major champion and 2015 Masters winner went through a winless drought that lasted nearly four years and dropped all the way to No. 92 in the world after spending 26 weeks at No. 1 during his prime. However, he found his mojo early in 2021 and is back up to No. 15. Spieth won the Valero Texas Open last April to end the winless drought and has had three runner-up finishes since. In addition to his 2015 win at Augusta, Spieth has four other top-three finishes at the Masters and constantly appears to be a threat at Augusta National.

The model also expects Will Zalatoris to capitalize on his recent form and have a strong showing at the 2022 Masters. Zalatoris made a name for himself at Augusta National in 2021, securing a runner-up finish in his first start at the Masters. The 25-year-old has enjoyed continued success on the PGA Tour this season, recording a runner-up finish at the Farmers Insurance Open and a sixth-place finish at the American Express. He’s also proven he can play with the best players on tour, finishing in the top 10 in three of his last five starts at major championships.

How to make 2022 Masters picks

The model is also targeting three other golfers with odds of 18-1 or higher who will make surprising runs. Anyone who backs these long shots could hit it big. You can only see them here.

So who will win the 2022 Masters, and which long shots will stun the golfing world? Check out the odds below and then visit SportsLine to see the projected Masters 2022 leaderboard, all from the model that has nailed seven golf majors and is up over $8,200 since the restart.

2022 Masters odds

Jon Rahm +800

Jordan Spieth +1200

Collin Morikawa +1200

Justin Thomas +1200

Rory McIlroy +1400

Dustin Johnson +1600

Cameron Smith +1600

Viktor Hovland +1600

Brooks Koepka +1800

Xander Schauffele +1800

Patrick Cantlay +1800

Bryson DeChambeau +2000

Hideki Matsuyama +2500

Scottie Scheffler +2500

Will Zalatoris +3300

Tony Finau +3300

Patrick Reed +4000

Daniel Berger +4000

Sam Burns +4000

Louis Oosthuizen +4000

Justin Rose +4500

Jason Day +4500

Sungjae Im +4500

Joaquin Niemann +4500

Matthew Fitzpatrick +5000

Paul Casey +5000

Webb Simpson +5000

Tommy Fleetwood +5000

Tyrrell Hatton +5000

Adam Scott +5000

Shane Lowry +5000

Tiger Woods +6000

Marc Leishman +6000

Corey Conners +6600

Bubba Watson +6600

Abraham Ancer +6600

Rickie Fowler +6600

Sergio Garcia +6600

Si-Woo Kim +8000

Matthew Wolff +8000

Jason Kokrak +8000

Harris English +8000

Gary Woodland +8000

Brian Harman +8000

Robert Macintyre +8000

Billy Horschel +8000

Lee Westwood +8000

Cameron Champ +10000

Garrick Higgo +10000

Christiaan Bezuidenhout +10000

Francesco Molinari +10000

Thomas Pieters +10000

Max Homa +10000

Ian Poulter +12500

Matt Kuchar +12500

Erik van Rooyen +12500

Tom Hoge +12500

Matt Wallace +12500

Kevin Na +12500

Min Woo Lee +12500

Cam Davis +15000

Ryan Palmer +15000

Danny Willett +15000

Carlos Ortiz +15000

Kevin Kisner +15000

Victor Perez +15000

Luke List +15000

Mackenzie Hughes +20000

Charl Schwartzel +20000

Stewart Cink +20000

Zach Johnson +20000

Hudson Swafford +25000

Fred Couples +100000

Bernhard Langer +100000

Mike Weir +100000

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