The Masters returns to Augusta National, and the first Major golf tournament of the year is likely to include Tiger Woods. The 5-time Masters champ said Sunday that he's a "game-time decision" to compete in this year's tournament.
Masters Golf Picks 2022
Jon Rahm (+1300) is the favorite to win on FanDuel Sportsbook. But Masters odds show Cameron Smith (+1400) and Justin Thomas (+1400) are clear contenders shooting for their first Green Jacket. The 2020 Masters champ Dustin Johnson (+1600) has nearly double the odds of when he won here in 2020.
While it's more likely an elite player rises to win The Masters, there are plenty of capable contenders with mid-range odds that could steal the show, like Hideki Matsuyama did last year when winning The Masters at near 60/1 odds.
With longshots in mind, here are three dark horses that could make a run at The Masters and potentially wear the Green Jacket.
Masters Sleeper Picks
1. Corey Connors (+4500)
Connors has finished top 10 at The Masters the last two years, including T8 last year despite shooting 74 on Sunday. His form and pleasingly progressive approach at Augusta suggests he demands respect. His odds were floating near 70/1 last month, and his long game is good enough for the challenge. His Off-the-Tee and Tee-to-Green numbers rank top-12 in this field over his last 36 rounds, and his third-place finish in the WGC Match -Play event suggests he's coming to Augusta in solid form. Connors ranks No. 3 in the field in Strokes Gained: Approach at Augusta since 2015. His putting will determine his fate, but Connors' finishes in The Masters the last two years, which include four sub-70 rounds and a 65, show the Canadian is a dark horse to watch.
2. Tony Finau (+6000)
Last year, Marc Leishman was a major longshot and dark horse we identified at +16000 odds, and he finished T5 at The Masters for a strong top 5 and top 10 finish and payout. This year's biggest dark horse on these pages is Tony Finau. His form is not as sharp entering The Masters, and his putting has been poor. But Tony's performance at this course is very strong. Finau finished T10 last year and shot 66 in Round 2. He also finished T5 in 2019 and played in the final group with Tiger Woods after shooting 64 on Saturday. Finau also finished T10 in 2018 showing an ability to score again with a 66. The 32-year-old has the length and Greens-in-Regulation profile to contend, and his Ball Striking and Approach stats are top 15 in this field over his last 36 rounds. With proven form and performance at Augusta, Finau is not to be dismissed at these odds.
3. Patrick Cantlay (+2300)
Patrick Cantlay is only a dark horse based on 10 other golfers having lower odds to win the Masters. But last year's FedEx Cup champion and No. 5 ranked player in the world was the tournament leader on the back-nine on Sunday for a stretch in the 2019 Masters. He shot 64-68 over the weekend to finish top 10 after a bogey-bogey finish on Sunday dropped him from the lead. In 2020 Patrick finished T17. His all-around game is strong, and Cantlay ranks top 3 in this field in Putting and Short Game over his last 36 rounds, and No. 1 in Strokes Gained: Total. He's also top 15 in Tee-to-Green, Off-the-Tee and Around the Green, according to stats from Fantasy National. Cantlay has a solid game for Augusta.