2023 Golf Masters – Day 2 Betting Tips and Predictions

2023 Golf Masters – Day 2 Betting Tips and Predictions

After an eventful day one at the Masters, Augusta National will surely bring more drama for the second round. Friday afternoon’s forecast includes rain which can stir up the course and cause weather delays.

All tee times are being moved up 30 minutes in case the thunderstorms disrupt play. The first tee time is set for 7:30 a.m. ET. The tournament is expected to last until about 7 p.m. ET.

In this article, we’ll provide three Masters day 2 betting tips.

Masters Day 2 predictions

The following Masters betting tips include a prop, 3-ball prediction and top-20 pick.

Prop: Scottie Scheffler to shoot 70 or lower (10/11)

The reigning champion opened his account at Augusta National Thursday with a four-under round of 68. Scheffler was visibly frustrated many times, and if you didn’t know his score, you might have assumed he was over par for his round. Competitiveness and stellar expectations are needed to be the world’s No. 1 player.

Scheffler struggled with his putter and kept missing centimeters to the left on birdie attempts. Had he been just average, he could’ve easily been atop the leaderboard. The Dallas native lost 3.5 strokes due to his putting (second-worst in the field), which likely won’t happen again.

The University of Texas product ranked second in the field from tee to green (7.88 strokes gained). He also accumulated 4.85 strokes gained: approach and hit 89% of greens in regulation (field average: 66%).

Scheffler was also better than most of the field in fairways hit (76%) and average driving distance (308).

In 2022-2023, Scheffler ranks first in SG: off the tee, SG tee-to-green, GIR% and is second in SG: total along with sixth in birdie average.

There is expected to be rain and more wind starting around 3:00 p.m., but Scheffler tees off at 10:18 a.m. and should have low wind and clear skies for most of his round.

In his last five rounds at Augusta, the 26-year-old owns a scoring average of 69.2 and has broken 70 in three of them. His scoring average on tour this season is 68.14.

Depending on the weather this weekend, it might be the best time to take this 70 or better prop.

Jason Day to win his group Friday (4/6)

Our Masters three-ball pick is for Jason Day to defeat amateur Gordon Sargent (11/5) and Zach Johnson (9/2).

On Thursday, Day shot a 5-under 67 to put himself in a tie for fourth, two strokes off the lead. Sargent, in his first-ever start at Augusta, carded a 5-over 77, while Johnson finished with a 75.

There’s a huge difference in caliber between these three players at the current stages of their careers. Sargent is an amateur making his first appearance at the event and plays college golf at Vanderbilt. 

Johnson, 47, is in the twilight of his career and rarely plays tour events. He’s participated in just four this season with a T12, T32, T68 and a missed cut.

Day, on the other hand, is in the midst of a career resurgence and has been one of the most in-form players since the start of 2023.

The former world No. 1 hasn’t finished worse than T19 in the calendar year and has earned four top 10s.

Jason Day Results (ESPN)

1/19 – 1/22The American Express

Pete Dye Stadium Course

T1867-64-70-67268 (-20)$110,000
1/25 – 1/28Farmers Insurance Open

Torrey Pines (North Course)

T768-71-73-68280 (-8)$282,750
2/9 – 2/12WM Phoenix Open

TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course)

565-71-68-68272 (-12)$820,000
2/16 – 2/19The Genesis Invitational

Riviera Country Club

T972-67-71-65275 (-9)$545,000
3/2 – 3/5Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge

T1071-73-69-70283 (-5)$485,000
3/9 – 3/12THE PLAYERS Championship

TPC Sawgrass (The Players Stadium Course)

T1970-70-70-72282 (-6)$275,000

The 35-year-old ranks second on tour in scrambling (important at Augusta) and first in scrambling from 10-20 yards second.

He also is fifth in SG: total, 15th in SG: putting and 22nd in SG: approach to the green. If he is near the top of the leaderboard come Sunday, he’ll definitely have a chance with his round-four scoring average (second).

Each player in this group opened with massively different outright odds. Day opened at 25/1, putting him as a top-10 favorite player to win, while Sargent and Johnson opened at 400/1 and 500/1.

Looking at the three-ball bets available for Friday, “Day to win his group” has one of the highest probabilities.

Rain and wind could’ve made the round more interesting, but the group will tee off at 9:06 a.m. before it’s due to arrive.

Rory McIlroy to make the Top 20 (8/15)

Our Masters day 2 top-20 prediction is to put our chips on McIlroy to do what he does best: finish high at Augusta.

Since the Northern Irishman’s debut in 2009, he’s ended inside the top 20 on nine occasions. As of 2014, he’s done so 7-of-9 times which all were top-10 finishes.

McIlroy is known for his bad starts at the majors. The following list shows his last four rounds at the tournament.

2022 Masters 73-73-71-64

2021 Masters: Cut

2020 Masters 75-66-67-69

2019 Masters 73-71-71-68

As seen in the results above, The 23-time winner on the PGA Tour has started slowly in his last few Masters but has bounced back.

McIlroy has made the cut in 12-of-14 editions, owns a scoring average of 71.38 and has played 32-of-52 rounds under par at Augusta.

The 4-time major champion is the second-best ranked player in the world for a reason, and his group will tee off on Friday at 10:42 a.m. while the weather is clear. He can make up ground on many players. 

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