Dustin Johnson is Early Market Betting Favorite For 2021 Masters After Winning on Sunday

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  • Dustin Johnson is the early market betting favorite to win the 2021 Masters Golf Tournament.
  • Johnson won the 2020 Masters on Sunday, beating Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im by five strokes.
  • The world’s no. 1 golfer set a Masters scoring record with his 20-under par 268 score.

World no. 1 Dustin Johnson has been installed as the way-too-early betting favorite to win the 2021 Masters which will hopefully return to its traditional March schedule.

Less than 24-hours after capturing his second career major title at the 8th Masters Golf tournament at Augusta National, Johnson has been installed as the early maker odds on favorite to win the 2021 Masters Golf Tournament. According to SportsBetting.ag, DJ is a +800 betting favorite to repeat next year. And why not? Johnson only dominated August National during the weekend by putting on a record-breaking performance.as the other favorites either fizzled or failed to keep up with him.

Betting Favorite DeChambeau Fizzled

Australia’s Cameron Smith also set a Masters record when he became the first golfer ever at Augusta National to shoot all four rounds under 60 at 67-68-69-69. That was a consolation for Smith but it wasn’t good enough to beat Dustin Johnson. He finished second at -15, tied with Masters rookie Sungjae Im of South Korea.

World number 3 Justin Thomas had a final round 70 to finish in solo fourth at 12-under par. Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy stormed back after carding a 75 during the opening round. McIlroy finished tied with Dylan Frittelli for 5th place at 11 under par. Defending champion and five-time Masters winner Tiger Woods finished in 38th place after he made a 10 in the 12th hole in his round of 76.

2020 Masters betting favorite Bryson DeChambeau who was coming off a spectacular U.S. Open win at Winged Foot, fizzled during the tournament. The world no. 6 opened with a two-under 72 and then followed that up with a 74 to make the cut on the number. In the final round, DeChambeau was outplayed by 63-year old two-time Masters champion Bernhard Lang by two strokes on Sunday and one stroke overall. But the story of the 2020 Masters was Dustin Johnson.

Setting and Matching Records

DJ’s 72-hole score of 20-under 268 set a new Masters scoring record. It was two shots better than the previous mark set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and equaled by Jordan Spieth in 2015. It also matched the lowest score to par by any champion at a major, after Henrik Stenson at the 2016 Open Championship and Jason Day at the 2015 PGA Championship.

His winning margin of five strokes is the largest at the Masters since Tiger Woods’ 12 in 1997. And it’s also only the 4th time in the last 50 years when the Masters was won by at least five strokes. Aside from Woods’ 12-shot win in 1997, Nick Faldo won by 5 in 1996 while Nick Faldo won by 8 in 1976.

Johnson also finished the 2020 Masters with only four bogeys in 72 holes, the fewest by any green jacket winner. The previous Masters record for fewest bogeys by a champion was 5, done on five different occasions, the last by Trevor Immelman in 2008. His 12 missed greens all week long also matched a record set by Woods.

Issues Closing Out 54-Hole Leads

The world’s number 1 ranked golfer entered the final round of the 2020 Masters having issues closing out 54-hole leads in the majors. Johnson is 0-4 when leading a major tournament after 54 holes. He took a four-shot lead heading to the final round at Augusta but after a nervy start, it seemed like he was ready to fall apart once again as his lead evaporated to just one stroke through five holes.

But Johnson regained control in the sixth when he stuffed a tee shot to six feet on the par-three sixth hole. He made the birdie putt and never looked back. DJ led by two strokes heading to the Amen Corner. After he made it through the 12th, he recorded three consecutive birdies to pull away from the opposition.

He carded 68 in the final round and won the Masters in record-breaking fashion. Johnson also became the first no. 1 ranked golfer to win the Masters since Tiger Woods in 2012. The victory was his fourth in 2020, including the Tour Championship, which won for him the FedEx Cup title. Since the start of 2015, Johnson has won 15 times worldwide including the 2016 U.S. Open. The win was his 24th PGA Tour career win, a total bettered only by Wood (82) and Phil Mickelson (44) among active players.

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