Round 1 is in the books and Side Hustle Bets is sitting pretty. We hit 60% of our Top 10 1st Round bets (shout out Tony Finau), two of our outright winner favorites are currently positioned inside the top 3 on the leaderboard and virtually all of our futures bets are still in play. After Thursday we’re up 3.1646 units and we don’t plan on stopping there.
While it looks like the rain will hold off for the rest of the tournament we now have a bigger concern on our hands… the wind. The gusts should be swirling on Friday so what does that mean as far as adjustments? High winds will likely mean a higher cut line (a prop I decided not to take any action on) and it could very well impede players from making big moves. Given how we’ll we’re positioned currently, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Take a look at our favorite bets for the 2nd Round, don’t simply write players off based on their 1st Round performance, Tiger Woods is the GOAT and always remember to bet smarter, not harder.
2nd Round Bets
2nd Round Matchups (1 unit each)
Russell Henley (-140) vs Seamus Powers (+120)
I’m not ready to give up on my favorite underdog just yet. Despite a nightmare start (double bogey on the first hole), Henley was able to piece together some birdies and par every hole on the back nine. Powers has yet to record a birdie at Augusta. Doubling down on Henley and expecting a solid bounce back on Friday.
Webb Simpson (-125) vs Thomas Pieters (+105)
I predicted a top 20 finish for Webb Simpson and he’s well on his way after shooting a 71 on Thursday. Pieters on the other hand finished his round at +7 and ranks towards the bottom of every major category for our projections this week. Neither player has stood out in the 2nd round of the Masters historically so I’m going to side with the guy who knows the recipe for making the weekend at Augusta. -125 odds is also solid value considering the disparity in talent/experience here.
Sam Burns (-125) vs Abraham Ancer (+105)
Burns is a lot better than he showed on Thursday… especially with his putter. I’m expecting a solid bounce back on Friday from a player threatening the FedEx Cup and used to being in contention. I’m writing off his 1st Round to debutant nerves and keeping the faith for now.
Daniel Berger (-125) vs Shane Lowry (+105)
Well well look at Daniel Berger throw up an opening round 71.. Berger looked fantastic on Thursday and if it wasn’t for a double bogey on 18 he’d be tied for third currently. Berger is hitting greens and rolling the ball well while Lowry’s approach game has been suspect at best and he’s struggled to make putts. Banking on Berger to keep it rolling Friday and for Lowry to fizzle out.
Scottie Scheffler (+110) vs Adam Scott (+225) vs Tony Finau (+225)
It’s hard not to side with the best player in the world right now. Scheffler put on a show on Thursday making clutch putts and demonstrating his creativity on the course time and time again. It doesn’t hurt having Bubba Watson’s former caddie on his bag (the same caddie Bubba won his two Masters beside). Adam Scott can’t make a putt to save his life despite his excellence off the tee Thursday and Tony Finau is too volatile of a player not to bet against with someone of Scheffler’s caliber. Expect Scottie to continue his push up the leaderboard on Friday.
Justin Thomas (-120) vs Hideki Matsuyama vs James Piot
Justin Thomas choked on Thursday. He couldn’t hit a green and his putter failed him entirely. One thing JT is always good for? A bounce back after a disastrous opening round. Justin Thomas ranks #1 in the field for 2nd Round scoring average on the season and #7 in the field for 2nd Round scoring in the Masters specifically. Expect Thomas to come out firing on Friday and flirt with the cut line. Piot is an amateur and Matsuyama clearly isn’t operating at 100% with his neck injury.
Leader After 2nd Round (0.5 units each)
SUNGJAE IM. Hard not to think we spoke his 1st Round performance into existence the other day. That said, I could see any of these four players topping off the leaderboard going into the weekend and by placing 0.5 units on each we guarantee a decent payout if one actually hits.
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