Two Masters Tournaments in a matter of six months? How lucky are we?! To many of you, it may seem like we were just talking about Jordan Spieth in the Masters Tournament not long ago, and that’s simply because we were.
Even though we are all thankful the PGA found a way to host the 2020 Masters Tournament, it was just not the same. All feels right again, as it is April, the azaleas are in full bloom and we are set to hand out another green jacket from Augusta National.
Here are my Lee Westwood Masters analysis, predictions, and picks.
Masters 2021 Schedule
Thursday, April 8: 3-7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Friday, April 9: 3-7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Saturday, April 10: 3-7 p.m. ET, CBS Sunday, April 11: 2-7 p.m. ET, CBS
Lee Westwood Masters Analysis
Lee Westwood (#20 Rank in World) – +5000 to Win
Lee Westwood has been the definition of hot and cold this PGA season.
The 47 year old has made the most out of doing the least in 2021, having played in just four tournaments. His current rank as 20th in the world is 16 spots above where he ended the 2020 season just a few short months ago.
If you have been watching golf, you know that his ranking was boosted after back to back 2nd place finishes within the last month. They came at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and PLAYERS Championship, and resulted in a sweet $2.7 million dollars.
Where I become concerned is when you look at his finishes on either side of those two weeks, where he finished 61st, and most recently missed the cut all together.
So which Lee Westwood will show up to the 2021 Masters? It will be interesting to watch.
Lee Westwood Masters Picks
My prediction is that we will see him revert back to the guy he has sort of always been. A very good golfer who can hold his own in the middle of the pack, but likely will not make a run at the top of the leaderboard.
Westwood does not have a ton of traditional value in this tournament if you are looking outside of a top-10 finish, but if you are willing to lay the number, I think he is a very solid pick for a top-30 finish at -136.
You may want to consider going outside the box a bit by taking him in some weekend groupings, nationality props, and keeping your eye out for an opportunity to take him in a head to head match up later on in the weekend.
The grouping bet I like the most is Westwood to win Group E (+350) on DraftKings (though I’m sure the groupings are similar at other books). The only real threat here is Hideki Matsuyama, who is literally always a wild card in any given tournament.
Westwood also seems like a solid candidate to finish in the top-3 among his fellow Englishmen, which will reward you with even money.
I would avoid betting on Westwood in any sort of fashion on Masters day one, as he is a notorious slow starter, averaging a 72 in the opening round of his last seven PGA Tour appearances. I do not trust him in a head to head match up in round one, and betting him to win his opening round group is out of the question, as he is paired up with the #1 ranked golfer in the world Dustin Johnson.