The 2021 Masters Tournament kicked off on Thursday. All eyes are now on the golf world to see who’ll be awarded the iconic green jacket when all is said and done. Heading into the tournament, Dustin Johnson was favored to win it all. He was even the +1600 favorite to be the Masters leader after Round 1. Instead, Johnson shot a 74, putting him into a tie for 32nd-place.
While there were some highlight’s to Johnson’s performance on the first day, including a birdie on the 11th hole, it was overall a disappointing showcase for anyone who favored him to start the 2021 Masters with a bang.
On the other hand, Justin Rose shocked the field with his play in Round 1. He was nowhere near favored to win the 2021 Masters Tournament, however, sometimes sports are all about proving people wrong. Rose shot a 65 on the first day of the event and is now in first place by four strokes. After that performance, BetOnline has set his odds of winning the Masters after Round 1 at +370.
2021 Masters Odds After Round 1
Odds via BetOnline as of Friday, April 9
- Justin Rose +370
- Jordan Spieth +800
- Jon Rahm +1200
- Patrick Reed +1200
- Hideki Matsuyama +1300
- Justin Thomas +1300
- Webb Simpson +1400
- Dustin Johnson +2000
- Xander Schauffele +2000
- Brian Harman +2500
- Tyrell Hatton +2800
- Will Zalatoris +2800
Full odds available at BetOnline.ag.
Jordan Spieth Remains in the Mix
Entering the 2021 Masters Tournament at the start of the week, Jordan Spieth had +1000 odds of winning it all on BetOnline. He’s coming off capturing the Valero Texas Open last week, so it makes sense why experts thought the momentum would give him the edge. Well, after Round 1, Spieth has +800 odds to win the Masters. He posted a 71 in the first round, putting him in a six-way tie for eighth place.
Spieth hadn’t performed well in the first round of the Masters at the last two tournaments. He shot a 75 in 2019 and 74 in 2020. Now, a 71 isn’t quite the same as the 64 he shot in Round 1 when he won the tournament in 2015, but it still puts Spieth in a position to win the 2021 Masters.
Matsuyama Has Good Shot at Winning 2021 Masters
At +1300, Hideki Hideki Matsuyama has a surprisingly good shot at winning the 2021 Masters Tournament. At last year’s event, he shot a 68 in Round 1, so onlookers knew what he was capable of in 2021. Matsuyama didn’t disappoint, scoring a 69, which has him four strokes back of Rose for first place.
Historically, Matsuyama has had some decent showings at the Masters as of late. He has five top-20 finishes in his last six appearances at Augusta, with his best placing happening in 2015 when he came in 5th. Whether or not he can replicate that performance remains to be seen. However, one thing is clear: Matsuyama has a good shot at winning his first green jacket this year.
Can Johnson Bounce Back?
As mentioned before, Dustin Johnson’s performance at the 2021 Masters has been disappointing. People had high hopes for him after winning the 2020 Masters, but others questioned whether he could win or not. After all, he’s finished in 28th or worse in his last three tournaments.
Now, Johnson’s odds of winning the Masters sit at +2000. Those are still top-10 odds, but they’re not as favorable as they were before the tournament began (+900). While things look bleak for him, Johnson is the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world for a reason. If anyone can turn it around, it’s him.