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The sun is shining, the azaleas are blooming, and The Masters Tournament is right around the (Amen) corner.

The world’s best will congregate on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club this Thursday for the greatest tournament in golf, and we can’t wait to sweat out some action throughout the weekend. Ahead of the 2022 Masters, I’ve identified four golfers you need to bet to give yourself a chance at a juicy payday come Sunday afternoon.

Justin Thomas +1400

Justin Thomas plays a tee shot.
Justin Thomas hits a drive during the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The most important stat to target when picking a Masters winner is stroked gained approaching the green. Augusta National demands precise irons shots into its large sloping greens, and you won’t find a more consistent iron player than Justin Thomas.

Thomas has ranked sixth or better on the PGA Tour in SG:APG in each of the last five seasons. He ranks fifth on Tour this year, and his game is firing on all cylinders entering Masters week.

In nine starts this season, Thomas has seven top-20 finishes and five top-10s. He’s also never finished worse than 39th at the Masters in six career starts.

Thomas is simply too talented to have only one major championship on his resume. It’s about time he adds a green jacket to his impressive trophy case.

Rory McIlroy +2000

Here we go again.

Rory McIlroy has been chasing the elusive career Grand Slam for eight years, and the narrative is sure to surround him once again this week. I think this could be the year he finally breaks through.

McIlroy already has a win this season at the CJ Cup, and he has six top-18 finishes in nine worldwide starts since October. The Northern Irishman also switched up his pre-Masters routine by entering last week’s Valero Texas Open for the first time since 2013. He did miss the cut, but keeping his mind off the pressure of winning the career Grand Slam could go a long way this week.

Collin Morikawa +2400

Let me get this straight.

Collin Morikawa has won two of the last six major championships, right? He’s arguably the best iron player in the world, which we know is the key to conquering Augusta National. He’s also having the best putting season of his PGA Tour career by a wide margin and has four top-five finishes this season.

But Morikawa is priced at 24/1 for the Masters (by FanDuel), which is higher than 10 players in the field?

That’s a bit ridiculous if you ask me. Lock in Morikawa as a value play ASAP.

Gary Woodland +8000

OK, so I gave you three players near the top of the odds board to start things off. Let’s dig a little deeper for a fourth selection.

Gary Woodland has always been a strong iron player, and he has the recent form I’m always looking for in a longshot pick. The 37-year-old has three top-eight finishes in his last five starts and gained strokes on approach in every one.

Woodland doesn’t have great course history at Augusta National, but at 80/1, a wager on the 2019 US Open champion is surely worth a sprinkle.

All betting odds courtesy of FanDuel as of 4/4.

All stats courtesy of PGA Tour.

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