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Few things are as synonymous with spring as the Masters. With its towering tree-lined fairways, blooming azaleas and thundering roars that can be heard throughout the venue, Augusta National Golf Club is the mecca of sports.

However, the 2021 Masters will look differently than in years past, with only a limited number of patrons allowed on the grounds. Despite that, the 2021 Masters Tournament, which gets underway on Thursday, is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated events in recent memory.

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In three of the last four Masters, the tournament has come down to either a single stroke or went into a playoff. The outlier from that time frame was Dustin Johnson's historic victory in 2020, which saw him record the lowest score in tournament history at 20-under. Johnson is going off as the 9-1 favorite to repeat according to the latest 2021 Masters odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The defending champion is the only golfer drawing single-digit PGA odds, but Jordan Spieth (10-1), Justin Thomas (10-1) and Bryson DeChambeau (11-1) are also among the top 2021 Masters contenders. Before locking in any 2021 Masters picks, be sure to see the 2021 Masters predictions and projected leaderboard from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

SportsLine's prediction model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has been on fire since the return of the PGA Tour in June. In fact, it's up almost $10,000 on its best bets since the restart, nailing tournament after tournament.

Last month at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, McClure nailed Daniel Berger's win at +1400 in his best bets. McClure was also all over Viktor Hovland's (+2500) victory in the Mayakoba Golf Classic in December. That was one of many huge calls he's made in the past few months.

After nailing Sergio Garcia (+5500) finishing on top of the leaderboard at the Sanderson Farms Championship, McClure finished up over $6,200 yet again on his best bets in that tournament. The model had him in the top five from the start and McClure's best bets included Garcia winning outright. He also finished profitable at the U.S. Open, nailing two of his best bets, including a +1100 top-five bet on Matthew Wolff.

This same model has also nailed a whopping six majors entering the weekend, including Patrick Reed's win at Augusta in 2018. Anyone who has followed its golf picks has seen massive returns. 

Now that the 2021 Masters field is taking shape, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. Head to SportsLine now to see the projected leaderboard.

The model's top 2021 Masters predictions 

One huge shocker the model is calling for at the Masters 2021: Bryson DeChambeau, the defending U.S. Open champion and one of the top favorites, barely cracks the top 10. DeChambeau has been one of the hottest players on tour this season, finishing on top of the leaderboard at the U.S. Open and Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The eight-time PGA Tour champion continues to crush the ball off the tee, averaging over 320 yards per drive this season, which ranks first on tour. DeChambeau's length off the tee also has him ranked in the top 10 in birdie average, scoring average and strokes gained tee-to-green.

However, DeChambeau is hitting fewer than 60 percent of fairways off the tee, which can cause plenty of trouble at Augusta National. That was evident in DeChambeau's last start at the Masters, when he finished 34th. DeChambeau, who's never finished better than 29th at Augusta National, is not a strong pick to win it all and there are far better values in the Masters 2021 field.

Another surprise: Xander Schauffele, a 22-1 long shot, makes a strong run at the title. He has a much better chance to win it all than his odds imply, so he's a target for anyone looking for a huge payday.

Schauffele will hope to win his first major championship this week at Augusta. The No. 6 player in the world, Schauffele has shown steady form this season, earning runner-up finishes in three separate events. He also secured a top-five finish at the U.S. Open in September.

Schauffele was in contention at the Masters in 2019, finishing second, one stroke behind eventual winner Tiger Woods. He's had plenty of success at majors in recent years as well, finishing in the top 10 in four of his last seven starts. Those impressive results, coupled with his long odds, make Schauffele a strong value pick in 2021 Masters bets this week, according to the model.

How to make 2021 Masters picks

The model is targeting four other golfers with odds higher than 20-1 to make a strong run at the title. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big. You can only see them here.

So who will win the 2021 Masters Tournament? And which long shots stun the golfing world? Check out the odds below and then visit SportsLine to see the projected 2021 Masters leaderboard, all from the model that's nailed six golf majors and is up nearly $10,000 since the restart.

2021 Masters odds

Dustin Johnson 9-1

Jordan Spieth 10-1

Justin Thomas 10-1

Bryson DeChambeau 11-1

Jon Rahm 12-1

Rory McIlroy 14-1

Xander Schauffele 22-1

Patrick Cantlay 22-1

Brooks Koepka 25-1

Patrick Reed 28-1

Collin Morikawa 30-1

Lee Westwood 30-1

Tony Finau 33-1

Daniel Berger 33-1

Viktor Hovland 33-1

Webb Simpson 35-1

Hideki Matsuyama 35-1

Cameron Smith 35-1

Sung-Jae Im 35-1

Scottie Scheffler 35-1

Tyrrell Hatton 35-1

Paul Casey 40-1

Tommy Fleetwood 45-1

Matthew Fitzpatrick 45-1

Jason Day 45-1

Sergio Garcia 45-1

Joaquin Niemann 50-1

Bubba Watson 50-1

Adam Scott 66-1

Will Zalatoris 66-1

Louis Oosthuizen 66-1

Justin Rose 70-1

Abraham Ancer 70-1

Harris English 80-1

Corey Conners 80-1

Billy Horschel 80-1

Max Homa 80-1

Jason Kokrak 80-1

Matt Kuchar 80-1

Matt Wallace 80-1

Francesco Molinari 90-1

Matthew Wolff 90-1

Victor Perez 90-1

Shane Lowry 90-1

Brian Harman 90-1

Marc Leishman 100-1

Phil Mickelson 100-1

Christiaan Bezuidenhout 100-1

Si-Woo Kim 100-1

Ryan Palmer 100-1

Matt Jones 125-1

Cameron Champ 125-1

Dylan Frittelli 125-1

Ian Poulter 125-1

Kevin Kisner 125-1

Danny Willett 125-1

Carlos Ortiz 125-1

Robert Macintyre 125-1

Gary Woodland 125-1

Zach Johnson 150-1

Sebastian Munoz 150-1

Kevin Na 150-1

Bernd Wiesberger 200-1

Brendon Todd 200-1

Lanto Griffin 200-1

Mackenzie Hughes 200-1

Charl Schwartzel 250-1

C.T. Pan 250-1

Martin Laird 250-1

Michael Thompson 250-1

Henrik Stenson 250-1

Brian Gay 300-1

Hudson Swafford 400-1

Jimmy Walker 400-1

Stewart Cink 400-1

Bernhard Langer 500-1

Robert Streb 500-1

Jim Herman 500-1

Ty Strafaci 750-1

Fred Couples 750-1

Joe Long 1000-1

Charles Osborne 1000-1

Mike Weir 1000-1

Vijay Singh 1000-1

Jose Maria Olazabal 1500-1

Sandy Lyle 2500-1

Larry Mize 2500-1

Ian Woosnam 4000-1

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Aditi Rao Hydari is busy promoting her new release, Ajeeb Dastan on Netflix and the lady is picking some ravishing designs for the same. From monochrome separates to cutesy dresses, she had kept her style file extremely exuberant and even peppy at times. With the help of her ace stylist, Sanam Ratansi, she managed to strut in style while dropping some style bombs on us. And while the movie has already hit Netflix, Aditi’s still busy dishing out some major style lessons. Aditi Rao Hydari’s Chic Co-ord Set by Notebook Looks Effortlessly Stunning (View Pics).

For her recent #ootd, she picked a cute red and pink separates from the house of Apz and paired it with a matching red tube top. The sweetheart Mykonos co-ord set is a big hit with the brand and Aditi had smartly paired it with red heels. With her bob hair, red lips and extremely light makeup, she preferred to keep her look simple and breezy. An extremely charming outing, Aditi’s co-ord set was perfect to flaunt for the ongoing season. Aditi Rao Hydari: With Every Film, I Feel like a Newcomer .

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Aditi has always been a delightful dresser, picking some vibrant hues and nailing them to the hilt. She rarely disappoints in the fashion department and we often find ourselves marvelling at her choices. We hope the actress continues to display her wardrobe in future and that she continues slaying like always.

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