Hideki Matsuyama

Monday Hangover: Augusta Cuts Deep, April 14

Is it dusty in here or have I just been watching too many Master’s highlights? Hideki Matsuyama pulled off history in becoming the first male golfer from Japan to win a Majors Championship on the PGA Tour and in doing so cashed a +5500 odds for him to win the Master’s. I pray for anyone that had him winning and had to endure a panic attack between holes 16 and 18, but this man had nerves of steel yesterday and pulled off the victory. 

The biggest betting storyline from the golf weekend was all the players who missed the cut that were favorites to win the whole damn thing. Dustin Johnson, the 2020 Master’s champion, was the betting favorite to win it all. He was cut after day two at +530 odds. Patrick Cantlay was the seventh favorite to win it all and a +480 to make the cut which he did. Other notable guys who missed out were Brooks Koepka (+245) and Rory McIlroy (+400). 

I guess it shouldn’t have been that big of a surprise that Hideki was a dark-horse candidate to win the whole thing. In 10 years of playing at Augusta, he has missed the cut just once and posted two top-10 finishes. In his very first Master’s at age 19 in 2011, exactly 10-years to the date, Matsuyama was awarded as the lowest-amatueur score and given the silver trophy. 

While it doesn’t relate to betting, maybe the worst bad beat of the day in one case came from Xander Schauffele. He was neck-and-neck with Matsuyama approaching the final three holes but had a massive breakdown on number 16 which resulted in him triple-bogeying the hole. Instead of competing for the lead or just finishing in second, he finished tied for third. That hole cost him $575,000 in the total payouts at the end of the tournament. 

Major League Baseball 

We often talk about the bad beats in this series but with one bad beat always comes one very good beat. For Philadelphia Phillies bettors last night, that is exactly what happened when Jeff Brohm tagged up on a short fly-ball to left field in the ninth inning of the Sunday Night Baseball game. Brohm slid into home, and looked like he avoided the tag, was called safe, and the Phillies won the game 7-6. 

The play itself went through the Major League Baseball replay system and the fine folks in New York who were probably beating off mid-play and were just eager to get back to it relayed back to Atlanta that the runner was safe. The issue is that this dude was out clear as day with just about no argument that could be made from the other side of it. The Phillies won the game and cashed as +150 moneyline heroes in this one. It’s easy to feel bad for Atlanta bettors but we gotta celebrate the good beats too. 

Lebrons Special Stuff? 

The Lakers were taking on the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night in a game that had Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant on one side and Dennis Schroeder on the other with no Lebron or AD. We wrote and told you to absolutely hammer the Nets in this one because why wouldn’t you. Well…imagine our surprise when the Lakers absolutely smacked the Nets around like the small kid on the playground taking on a grown-ass teacher who wants to show the kids he still has it. It was a blood-bath and a beating and not only did the Lakers cover the 10.5 point spread but they went on to win by 25. 

How’d he hit this? 

Parlays are meant to be weird and I assume that some dudes just make up 100 different parlays every weekend and pray to god that they hit. Welp, that’s absolutely what this guy did when he parlayed Hideki Matsuyama winning the Master’s with Eric Bledsoe to score 25+ points in the Pelicans/Nets game back on April 7. He threw down $50 on this parlay at +89200 odds and ended up walking away with $44,650. 

Free Play 

Tampa Bay Rays -1.5 run line

The Rays have not gotten off to a great start but the Texas Rangers might truly be the worst offensive team in baseball right now. Their best hitter is batting just over .235 and they are 1-2 on the road. The key to this game is trusting that Tyler Glasnow will dominate which I am confident in.

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