The azaleas and dogwoods at Augusta National Golf Course are in full bloom so that can only mean one thing; the start of one of the most popular and prestigious tournaments in professional golf, the 2013 Masters in Augusta, Georgia.
Before placing your picks, let Sportsbook Review help you shop for the best betting odds for this year's Masters Tournament.
Starting this Thursday with the first of four consecutive rounds of stroke play, 94 of the world’s best golfers will tee it up for a shot at claiming a Green Jacket and one of the most sought after titles in all of sports. Tiger Woods comes in as the No.1 ranked player and the world and Bovada’s odds-on-favorite to win his fifth Masters title at 3/1. The second-ranked golfer in the world and 8/1 second-favorite to win his first Green Jacket is Rory McIlroy. Lurking at 10/1 is three-time Masters Champion Phil Mickelson, who appears to have regained the form to seriously compete for this year’s title.
Bovada sees this event as pretty much a three-way race with the odds for the rest of the field dropping off dramatically after this trio of superstars. Justin Rose has been opened as a 20/1 fourth-favorite with Charl Schwartzel rounding out the top five at 22/1. Last year’s champion Bubba Watson has been opened at 33/1 and Brandt Snedeker, who is second only to Woods on the current PGA Tour money list is listed at 28/1.
You have to take the straight-up betting odds to win the Masters with a grain of salt as while they are impacted by a player’s current form and past performance in this event, they are also heavily skewed by the betting public’s perception of who it wants to win this week. If you are looking for some true value when wagering on the Masters, then the following prop bets by Bovada could be of some interest.
Focusing on just the top three favorites you will have to risk 175 to win 100 to wager on Woods finishing in the top five. The money line for this bet on McIlroy is a favorable +162 and for Mickelson it is +225. Extending the finish out to the top 10 could cost you 400 for a 100 bet on Tiger. The line set at -150 for Rory and -125 for Phil.
If you have a feeling that the unthinkable happens and Woods fails to make the cut at Augusta you could stand to clear 1000 for a 100 wager on that prop. Tiger is listed at 7/4 odds to be the top American player in this week’s field, but if you take him out of the equation, you can get 4/1 odds on Mickelson to claim this honor.
There are handful of amateurs in this year’s field worth looking at when placing your sports picks, and at the top of the list to have the best finish is Steven Fox at 5/2. If you want to place a few bets on the top performance from a few foreign countries it will cost you -150 to wager on Adam Scott as the top Australian but you can make a 150 on Rose as the top player from England.
Fred Couples has been opened at 3/2 to be the highest finishing senior player and Woods is listed at 8/11 to be the highest finishing player among those who have already won a Masters title.
There are odds listed for actual margin of victory with a win in a playoff coming in at +240 followed by one stroke at +250, two strokes at +350, three strokes at +450 and four strokes or more at +333.
The odds that someone will card a hole-in-one during the course of play are -120 for both yes and no.
Take a look at our Early Picks & Predictions for the 2013 Masters.