US Masters 2022 Each-Way Tips: Five outsiders for Green Jacket glory
View our each-way selections for the 2023 Masters here.
It’s Masters week! And you know what that means. We’re talking more tradition than you know what to do with, strict rules, pimento cheese sandwiches, white jumpsuits, patrons, The Green Jacket, Champions Dinner, Amen Corner, a trip down Magnolia lane, and maybe even a sneaky appearance from Tiger Woods.
He’s 50/1 for those wondering…
The 2022 edition is set to be a corker.
Away from the cluster of favourites in the betting for glory, we bring you five juicy each-way shouts to contemplate this week.
After all, this is a spectacle that’s been won by some big outsiders over the years, including 125/1 priced Angel Cabrera (2009), 100/1 long shot Charl Schwartzel (2011), and 50/1 Danny Willett in 2016. Meanwhile last year’s victor, Hideki Matsuyama, was available at 46/1 before a ball was struck.
While we were very tempted to include Lee Westwood in possibly his final Masters at a monstrous 150/1, we bottled it, but don't rule him out....
So, without further ado, here's a more detailed justification for our five each-way picks...
US Masters Each-Way Tips
Marc Leishman boasts an impressive record at the Masters. He’s twice finished in the top-5 - T4 (2013) and T5 (2021) - he came 9th in 2018, and has made the cut in each of his last five appearances.
Last year he really caught the eye, bursting into contention after a 67 in round two, while he was T2 heading into the final round. In the end he finished in the top-5, four shots off champ Hideki Matsuyama.
Meanwhile, in the rescheduled November 2020 tournament the Aussie tied a Masters record by playing the par-5 holes in 15 under.
Leishman, who also has three top-6 finishes at The Open, would be the first to admit he's not quite on tip-top form but does have two top-16 finishes in his last four tournaments and finished 10th earlier this year at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, during which he carded four straight rounds in the 60s.
The Masters is obviously a big step up in terms of pressure and expectation but Leishman has more than proven he has the game for Augusta. He has the experience of pressure moments too, having been involved in the final few day-four groups on multiple occasions.
He definitely catches the eye at a big price of 80/1.
Not the biggest price compared to others in this article, but 35/1 certainly represents an intriguing bet on Will Zalatoris who we can’t wait to see back at Augusta after his stunning debut showing last year.
Zalatoris was just one shot off the lead after two rounds, was in a four-way tie for 2nd after three rounds, then agonisingly finished one shot off winner Matsuyama. Nine under on your first trip round the Masters is an exceptional accomplishment and pocketed the young American a cool $1,242,000.
Named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year for the 2020/21 season, Zalatoris finished T8 at last year’s PGA Championship and back in 2020 came T6 at the US Open. At the start of 2022 he finished 6th at The American Express then came agonisingly close to winning the Farmers Insurance Open; he lost a sudden-death playoff.
The 25-year-old is now gunning for a second crack at the Masters. A certain Jordan Spieth also finished 2nd in his first Masters, then returned to win it the following year...fellow countryman Zalatoris is knocking on the door of his first win and what a place it would be to achieve that feat at Augusta National.
80/1 for a player who finished 7th at the Masters last year, was runner-up in 2015 and 2017, has three other top-10 finishes at Augusta, and is both a major-winner and Olympic gold medalist? Yes please.
Despite achieving so much in the game of golf, Justin Rose has yet to slide on the fabled Green Jacket. That's not through a lack of trying though, he's been oh so close. Most notably so in 2017 when he agonisingly lost a play-off duel against Sergio Garcia, in a tournament he led in the closing stages of the fourth round.
At a major where course-record can be so crucial, you simply can't rule Rose out of contention. He's not been at his best of late, but 80/1 is a huge price and one we can't miss out on.
Tony Finau has top-five finishes in every major, but has yet to get his mitts on one of golf’s top gongs.
We all remember Finau’s infamous celebratory ankle roll during the Par-3 pre-Masters tournament after he bagged a superb hole-in-one, however Augusta is in fact a venue he’s looked very sharp at.
He’s registered three top-10 finishes in just four appearances, including a T5 in 2019 and 10th in his first tournament in 2018 despite being hindered by the aforementioned dislocated ankle.
It’s worth noting that Finau’s form isn’t great right now, reflected in his rather large price of 66/1 to get his hands on that elusive first major this week.
But crucially his course record is absolutely excellent, he’s never missed a cut at the tournament, and it offers him the perfect opportunity to kick-start his year in sensational style.
Matthew Fitzpatrick has a solid record at the Masters. In his second appearance he finished right up in T7 (2016), he's since struggled to reach those heights but has been extremely consistent, making the following five cuts: carding 32, T38, T21, T46, and T34 finishes.
The Englishman definitely needs to make the step up if he’s to mount a charge for another top-10 standing, and on current form he could well be capable of challenging at the top of the pecking order this week.
Fitz arrives at Augusta having registered an extremely impressive - and PGA Tour tied-fifth - four top-10 finishes in 2022, each of which have come in his last six tournaments, including 5th at the Valspar Championship, 9th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and 6th at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Up to 24th in the rankings, Fitzpatrick leads the Tour in strokes-gained against the field this season, and should the 27-year-old carry the momentum to Georgia this week he could make a mockery of his 55/1 starting price.