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Masters 2022 predictions, golf odds: Picks by same PGA insider who nailed Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson wins

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Masters 2022 predictions, golf odds: Picks by same PGA insider who nailed Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson wins

There are plenty of players to watch at the 2022 Masters, which tees off Thursday, April 7. Plenty of attention will be paid to former winners Dustin Johnson (2020) and Jordan Spieth (2015), as well as defending champion Hideki Matsuyama. There also will be eyes on Rory McIlroy, who needs the Masters to complete his career grand slam. Don’t forget Tiger Woods, who has won the Masters five times and is still listed in the Masters 2022 field despite injuries sustained in a major car crash.

Jon Rahm is the 9-1 favorite in the latest 2022 Masters odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Spieth is priced at 12-1 along with Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas, while McIlroy is right behind at 14-1. Woods is 60-1 to win his sixth green jacket at the Masters 2022. Before you make any 2022 Masters picks or PGA Tour predictions, you need to see what proven golf insider Sal Johnson has to say, considering his history at the Masters.

The esteemed golf insider has been around the game for many years and knows what it takes to win on the PGA Tour. He also knows the keys at Augusta National and when a player’s momentum can carry him to greatness.

Johnson has nailed two of the past three winners of the Masters, including Tiger Woods’ unlikely victory in 2019 for his most recent major title. He also called Johnson’s 2020 win when he shot a tournament-record 20-under 268 to win by five strokes.

“His tee-to-green game is almost as sharp as in his prime,” Johnson said of Woods before the 2019 event. “This will be the reason for him winning. It would be great for the game, him winning another Masters.” Woods wasn’t far removed from back surgery and hadn’t won a major in more than 10 years, but he rallied from a two-shot deficit in the final round to win by one. It was his fifth Masters title and his 15th major championship.

Now, Johnson, the first producer of “Inside the PGA Tour” and longtime ABC Sports golf producer who worked with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, has released his highly confident 2022 Masters picks. The picks from the founder of GOLFstats.com, the world’s top golf statistics database, will definitely surprise you. You can see them here.

Top 2022 Masters expert picks

One shocking choice from Johnson: The expert is fading Collin Morikawa, even though he’s in the mix of top favorites. The world’s No. 2 golfer doesn’t have a strong track record at Augusta, tying for 18th last year and finishing 44th in 2020. His tee-to-green game is almost unmatched, but his putting has been inconsistent. He gets off the green in one putt less than 41{cf07cd047201b183b19c0b335dbd7d35a498f84568531c8abe8643bd3ccfd494} of the time (78th on tour) and is 112th inside 10 feet (88{cf07cd047201b183b19c0b335dbd7d35a498f84568531c8abe8643bd3ccfd494}).

On the other hand, the expert expects Spieth to find some more magic at Augusta National, where he appears to play well no matter the situation. The three-time major champion isn’t having a strong season, but he was a runner-up at Pebble Beach in February on a course where he also has a strong track record. The 28-year-old has finished in the top three five times in eight starts at Augusta and tied for third last April.

McIlroy’s history at Augusta isn’t quite as strong, but he will be eager to join the exclusive career grand slam club. He missed the cut last year, a result that forced him to do some soul searching, and bagged his attempts to match Bryson DeChambeau’s power off the tee. As a result, he won the Wells Fargo a month later. He still struggles to put together four strong rounds, but has two top-10 finishes in four tour events this season, including a CJ Cup win in October, and has been in the top 12 three times overseas.

How to make 2022 Masters picks, bets

Johnson also is backing a massive long shot at Augusta who comes in at almost 100-1. “He seems like a strange choice, but he isn’t,” Johnson says of this golfer, who is one of the best short-range putters on tour. You can only see who it is at SportsLine.

Who wins the 2022 Masters at Augusta National? Where do Spieth and McIlroy finish? And which epic long shot is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Sal Johnson’s full leaderboard, picks and analysis for the 2022 Masters, all from the insider who has nailed the winner two of the last three years.

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