One of professional golf’s favorite and most prestigious events gets underway in a couple of weeks at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia. The quest for the Green Jacket features all of the top golfers in the world, but according to most of the Top Online Sportsbook, the few listed below have the best inside track to actually win this year’s Masters.
Let's tak an early look at each of the odds favorites, as we decide if there is any early value on offer for our sports picks.
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Tiger Woods +300
The final round of last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational was delayed until this Monday, but there is a good chance that at the end of the day Tiger Woods will reclaim his spot as the top ranked golfer in the world; a position that he last held in the Fall of 2010. Even if he is not ranked first heading into this year’s Masters it is easy to see why he is such a prohibitive favorite to add a fifth Green Jacket to his collection. Woods is back at the top of his game with victories at both the Farmers Insurance Open in January and the Cadillac Championship at Doral Country Club earlier this month.
Current form with a proven track record at Augusta adds even more value to his current odds. He came painfully close to winning the Masters in 2011 with a fourth-place finish after finishing in the exact same position in 2010. Draining a bit of the value from his odds is the painful reminder of last year’s 40th-place finish along with the fact that the 37-year old has not won a Major since 2008.
Rory McIlroy +1000
Rory McIlroy had all but won the 2011 Masters with the lead in the clubhouse after three rounds but a complete meltdown on the back nine of the final round sent him spiraling downward to 15th. He quickly found redemption later that year by winning his first Major in the US Open at Congressional Country Club. The 2012 season started with an uninspired 40th-place finish at Augusta but he did add a second major title to his resume with a victory in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Resort.
There is no doubt that Rory McIlroy has the game to win this year’s Masters but it is hard to tell where his head will be at coming into this four-round grind. This season has basically been forgettable so far with an early exit from the Accenture Match Play Championship and an embarrassing withdrawal for no apparent reason from the Honda Classic. He did rebound with an eighth-place finish at Doral, but current form all but drains any value from his odds for the Masters at this point in time.
Phil Mickelson +1200
Phil is a crowd favorite and two-time Masters champion, but often times his odds for this event tend to get inflated somewhat by this popularity with the betting public and his past performances as opposed to being based a little more heavily on current form. Mickelson won his second Green Jacket in 2010 when he was still at the top of his game. In 2011 he faded over the weekend to finish 27th and in last year’s Masters he put himself in excellent position to win, only to fall to third with a final round 72.
So far this season, the 42-year old lefty has shown a bit of his old self with a victory at the TPC in Scottsdale in the Waste Management Phoenix Open and a third-place finish at Doral. He failed to make the cut in this past week’s event.After looking over the current betting odds, there a few other contenders to keep an eye on heading into the Masters opening round on Thursday, April 11 include Brandt Snedeker +1800, Charl Schwartzel at +2000, Justin Rose at +2000 and Adam Scott at +2500. Last year’s Masters Champion, Bubba Watson has been opened at +3000 to become the first person since Tiger Woods (2001-2002) to win back-to-back titles.