We are just days away from the 2023 Masters Tournament, which will mark the 87th time players have made their way to Augusta National Golf Club, seeking a green jacket.
The vast field offers endless possibilities as to who could win this major. Below, we’ll list a few sleeper candidates that could emerge victorious that you may want to consider sprinkling a quarter or a half of a unit on.
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2023 Masters Sleepers
Jason Day (+2500)
Last week I wrote up a list of players that had a chance to win it all, and Day was on that list. However, what makes him a sleeper even more so now is that his odds have gone from +2200 to +2500. His odds were initially in the +3500 range, though.
As for Day’s chances, he’d be a fantastic comeback story. Recently dealing with health issues, Day has six top-10 finishes this season. While that isn’t much when you consider “what have you done for me lately,” it wasn’t too long ago that Day was the No. 1 player in the world with 12 wins between 2010-2018.
Patrick Reed (+7000)
Reed hasn’t played on the PGA Tour since he moved to LIV last summer, but he makes a comeback here in a tournament that, historically, he’s played well here.
Let’s look back at his finishes between 2018-2022.
2022: T-35; Shot +6.
2021: T-8; Shot -4.
2020: T-10; Shot -9.
2019: T-36; Shot -2.
2018: Won the Masters; Shot -15.
With odds way down at +7000, Reed is worth a shot, especially with two top-10 finishes in the past few years.
Sungjae Im (+4000)
With four top-10 finishes this year, Im, just 25 years old, will play in his fourth Masters Tournament. In those three appearances, he’s shot 36 or less in the front nine in six rounds. While his 2021 appearance was poor, shooting +13, he finishes tied for second in 2020 with -15. In 2022, he bounced back from a dreadful 2021 performance, finishing tied for eighth, shooting -1.
Patrick Cantlay (+1800)
Even at +1800, Cantlay is close to being out of that “sleeper” territory, but he’s a player we should discuss. He has the fifth-best odds, but at near +2000 value, it’s worth a look.
What’s so odd about Cantlay’s resume is that he can’t get it going with majors.
He has four top-10 finishes this year, and his most recent win came at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans during the 2021-22 season.
His 2023 Master appearance will mark his sixth appearance after initially appearing in 2012 and not returning until 2018. In the tournament, he has on top-10 finish in 2019 and has only finished better than 39th once, finishing tied for 17th in 2020, shooting a -7.
When looking at the official world golf rankings, Cantlay is fourth with 280.14 points, ahead of other contenders in the tournament like Max Homa, Cameron Smith, Justin Thomas, and Will Zalatoris. Even though he’s fourth, Cantlay is about 125 points behind Jon Rahm for third place.
There’s more value in the guys listed above. Still, eventually, Cantlay will get that prestigious win at a major.