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Masters 2023 predictions, golf odds, top picks, props: Betting insider high on Scottie Scheffler to repeat

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After missing the cut last year, Jordan Spieth will hope to regain his strong form at Augusta National Golf Club when he participates in the 2023 Masters, which begins on Thursday, April 6. The 29-year-old won the first of his three major titles when he donned the green jacket at the 2015 Masters. Spieth sandwiched runner-up finishes around that victory and has been third at the Masters on two other occasions, most recently in 2021.

Spieth is 14-1 in the latest 2023 Masters odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while reigning champion Scottie Scheffler is the 13-2 Masters 2023 favorite. Rory McIlroy, who was last year’s runner-up, is 15-2, Jon Rahm is 8-1, while Cameron Smith rounds out the top five 2023 Masters contenders, also at 14-1. Before locking in any 2023 Masters picks or golf predictions, you need to see what proven golf betting expert Patrick McDonald has to say, considering his recent track record. 

McDonald still likes to dip his toes into the betting pools on a weekly basis on the PGA Tour. He takes a measured approach to his outright selections and is having a profitable 2022-23 season. McDonald is up almost 17 units this season, meaning a haul of nearly $1,700 for $100 bettors. He is having a profitable season in both outright picks and head-to-head matchups.

McDonald nailed the Farmers Insurance Open, backing Homa (25-1) as his top choice. He hit another 25-1 shot at the Houston Open, taking Tony Finau to win, and finished the 2021-22 season up 42 units on his outrights, including a monster 250-1 payout on Hudson Swafford at The American Express. Anyone who follows McDonald’s advice has been cashing in.

Now, McDonald has focused his attention on the 2023 Masters field and has locked in his best bets, top sleepers and favorites to avoid. You can see them here.

Top 2023 Masters expert picks

One stunning prediction from McDonald: He is fading Viktor Hovland, even though the Norwegian recently tied for third at the Players Championship. The 25-year-old has finished in the top 20 in seven of nine tournaments this season, but has had difficulties at Augusta National during his career.

After a 32nd-place finish as a low amateur in 2019, Hovland tied for 21st at the Masters in 2021 and shared 27th place in last year’s tournament. He finished under par in only two of his last eight rounds on the course and has yet to break 70 at Augusta. Hovland’s play around the green has McDonald worried since he ranks 164th in strokes gained and 79th in putting. See who else to fade here.

On the other hand, McDonald says “Scottie Scheffler should have a legitimate claim to another green jacket.” The 26-year-old native of New Jersey owns the No. 1 ranking in the world and reached the semifinals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play last week after winning the event in 2022.

Scheffler also won two of his four tournaments prior to this year’s Match Play. He finished two strokes ahead of Nick Taylor in February to repeat as Phoenix Open champion and posted a five-stroke victory at the Players Championship earlier this month. Scheffler has recorded seven top-10 finishes this season, tops among all golfers. See who else to back here.

How to make 2023 Masters picks, bets

McDonald has locked in his best bets for the Masters 2023 and has found multiple longshots he loves, including one golfer who’s had plenty of success at Augusta, but is still listed at nearly 100-1 to win it all. You can only see the picks at SportsLine.

So which players should you target or avoid for the 2023 Masters? And which proven golfer in the Masters 2023 field could bring a monster payday of almost 100-1? Check out the odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Patrick McDonald’s top picks for the Masters 2023, all from the expert who is up nearly $1,700 on his PGA Tour picks this season, and find out.

2023 Masters odds, field 

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Jon Rahm 15-2
Scottie Scheffler 8-1
Rory McIlroy 17-2
Cameron Smith 12-1
Jordan Spieth 15-1
Justin Thomas 16-1
Xander Schauffele 18-1
Tony Finau 20-1
Will Zalatoris 20-1
Collin Morikawa 22-1
Max Homa 22-1
Patrick Cantlay 22-1
Dustin Johnson 25-1
Cameron Young 25-1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 25-1
Tom Kim 25-1
Viktor Hovland 25-1
Sungjae Im 33-1
Hideki Matsuyama 33-1
Brooks Koepka 35-1
Sam Burns 35-1
Shane Lowry 35-1
Joaquin Niemann 45-1
Tyrrell Hatton 55-1
Corey Conners 55-1
Bryson DeChambeau 55-1
Tiger Woods 55-1
Aaron Wise 60-1
Louis Oosthuizen 60-1
Abraham Ancer 60-1
Justin Rose 65-1
Patrick Reed 65-1
Tommy Fleetwood 75-1
Si-Woo Kim 80-1
Russell Henley 80-1
Sahith Theegala 80-1
Billy Horschel 85-1
Talor Gooch 90-1
Mito Pereira 90-1
Adam Scott 100-1
Gary Woodland 100-1
Bubba Watson 100-1
Tom Hoge 100-1
Brian Harman 125-1
Seamus Power 125-1
K H Lee 125-1
Keegan Bradley 125-1
Thomas Pieters 125-1
Ryan Fox 125-1
Sergio Garcia 125-1
Alex Noren 150-1
Scott Stallings 150-1
Kurt Kitayama 150-1
Jason Kokrak 150-1
Sepp Straka 150-1
Cameron Champ 150-1
Harold Varner 150-1
Kevin Na 150-1
Charl Schwartzel 175-1
Adam Meronk 175-1
Kevin Kisner 175-1
Phil Mickelson 200-1
Danny Willett 200-1
Francesco Molinari 200-1
Mackenzie Hughes 250-1
Zach Johnson 300-1
Adam Svensson 300-1
JT Poston 300-1
Fred Couples 1000-1
Bernhard Langer 1000-1
Vijay Singh 1500-1
Mike Weir 1500-1
Larry Mize 2500-1
Jose Maria Olazabal 2500-1
Sandy Lyle 5000-1

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