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2023 Masters odds, predictions, picks: Tiger Woods projection from top golf model that nailed Scheffler’s win

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Tiger Woods defied all odds when he returned from spinal fusion surgery to win his fifth green jacket in the 2019 Masters at age 43. Now, he’ll try to push the envelope even further at the 2023 Masters when the tournament begins on Thursday, April 6. After playing in the Genesis Invitational last month, Woods has already stated his intention of playing in all four major championships this year, starting with the Masters 2023. With players like Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy playing some of the best golf of their careers, does Woods have another magical run in him?

Rahm has five worldwide wins in the last six months, and the No. 2 player in the Official World Golf Ranking is the 15-2 favorite in the 2023 Masters odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Meanwhile, Scheffler is No. 1 in the world after his win at the Players Championship and he’s 8-1 while McIlroy is listed at 17-2. Woods, on the other hand, is a 55-1 long shot after closing at 14-1 during his last Masters win in 2019. Before locking in your 2023 Masters picks, be sure to see the golf predictions and projected leaderboard from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

SportsLine’s proprietary model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has been red-hot since the PGA Tour resumed in June of 2020. In fact, the model is up over $8,400 on its best bets since the restart, nailing tournament after tournament.

McClure’s model predicted Jon Rahm to finish on top of the leaderboard at the 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions and The American Express. The model also included J.T. Poston in its best bets to win the 2022 John Deere Classic. That bet hit at +5500, and for the entire tournament, McClure’s best bets returned almost $1,100. At the 2022 Masters, McClure’s model was all over Scottie Scheffler’s first career major championship victory heading into the weekend.

In addition, McClure’s best bets included Collin Morikawa winning outright at the 2021 Open Championship, even though he was listed as a massive 40-1 long shot. The model was also all over Rahm’s (10-1) first career major championship victory at the 2021 U.S. Open. Rahm was two strokes off the lead heading into the weekend, but the model still projected him as the winner.

This same model has also nailed a whopping eight majors entering the weekend. Anyone who has followed it has seen massive returns.

Now that the 2023 Masters field is taking shape, SportsLine simulated the tournament 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. Head to SportsLine now to see the projected leaderboard.

Top 2023 Masters predictions 

One major surprise the model is calling for at the 2023 Masters: Jordan Spieth, a three-time major champion and one of the top favorites, struggles mightily at Augusta National and doesn’t even crack the top 25. Spieth has turned in quality finishes in his last few events, but he’s still just 134th in average distance following approach shots of under 200 yards and has typically landed just under 56 feet away from the pin on those shots.

Additionally, he is 114th in strokes gained putting (-.065), which coincides with his pedestrian 40.87% one-putt percentage. Having to make multiple long putts is not a winning formula at the Masters, and Spieth looks like he may frequently find himself in that position at Augusta..

The model has also revealed where Tiger will finish at the 2023 Masters. With his surgically repaired neck, back and leg making it difficult to walk a golf course, we haven’t seen much of Woods competitively over the last year. But he returned to play The Match this year with Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth and looked like he had added clubhead speed in his time off.

Then he played at the PNC Championship with his son Charlie and made his PGA Tour return last month at the Genesis Invitational, which he hosts. He made the cut at Riviera and even regularly outdrove playing partners Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas the first two days of the tournament. With added distance off the tee and Tiger’s legendary ball-striking, he’ll feel like he has a fighting chance at a course he knows as well as anyone, but will his body hold up for four days while making one of the most difficult walks on the PGA Tour? The model just locked in its surprising Tiger Woods Masters picks here.

How to make 2023 Masters picks

The model is also targeting five golfers with odds of 20-1 or longer who will make surprising runs. Anyone who backs these longshots could hit it big. You can only see the model’s PGA picks here.

Who will win the 2023 Masters, which longshots will stun the golfing world, and where will Tiger Woods finish? Check out the 2023 Masters odds below and then visit SportsLine to see the projected 2023 Masters leaderboard, all from the model that’s nailed eight golf majors, including last year’s Masters.

2023 Masters odds, field

See full the Masters 2023 picks, best bets, and predictions here.

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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