Free Picks: Updated Masters Odds & Betting Predictions

David Schwab

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 8:03 PM GMT

As we near this year's Masters Tournament, let's take a look at the updated betting odds. Who are the Sportsbooks favoring, and which golfers are worth backing with our sports picks?

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Masters Betting Odds Update- April 1

It is no surprise that Tiger Woods has been opened as a 5/2 favorite to win this year’s Masters Tournament on Bovada’s most recent listing of futures odds. He has already won three of the five tournaments he entered in this season and is once again ranked No.1 in the world.

The Betting Public’s Darlings

The first of four Majors this season is slated to get underway a week from this Thursday at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia. Along with Woods, it is no big stretch to see Rory McIlroy listed as a 9/1 second-favorite to win his first Green Jacket considering his status as the second-ranked player in the latest world rankings. Given the fact that Phil Mickelson has already claimed one of the most prestigious titles in professional golf three times, most recently in 2010, you can understand why the betting odds list him at 11/1 third-favorite to tie Woods with four career Masters championships.

The Leaders of the Pack

After these three, the tournament is a pretty wide-open affair with a ton of value spread among the most talented field of golfers in the world. Brandt Snedeker, Charl Schwatzel and Justin Rose are at the head of the pack at 18/1. Snedeker is ranked second on the 2013 PGA Tour money list and the winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in early February. His value to win the Masters has faded a bit after missing the cut in his last two tournaments. He finished 19th in last year’s event.

Schwatzel added a Green Jacket to his resume by winning the 2011 Masters, but stumbled to a 50th-place finish in last year’s tournament. So far this season, his best finish in a PGA Tour event was third in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in mid-February and he has finished no worse that fourth in three European Tour events.

Rose continues to be burdened down with the title of one of the best golfers in the world never to win a Major. This year’s Masters will be his 36th career start in a Major and he has come dangerously close to ending the drought a few times with four top five’s. He has ascended to No.3 in the world rankings this season behind three second-place finishes in seven PGA and European Tour events including second in Arnold Palmer Invitational just two weeks ago.

The Best of the Rest

The next group of contenders bordering on being mild longshots include Luke Donald at 25/1  and a foursome at 28/1 comprised of Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Lee Westwood and Matt Kuchar.

Donald and Westwood are the founding fathers and current poster children for the ‘best golfer never to win a Major’. They are also regulars near the top of any futures odds list when a Major rolls around. Scott is a true talent, but unfortunately he is now best known for his dramatic collapse in last year’s Open Championship at Royal Lytham St. Anne. Bradley is one of the PGA Tour’s young guns that made his debut as a regular back in 2011. He has posted five top-five finishes so far this year and coming off a 27th-place finish in the 2012 Masters. Kuchar turned pro 11 years earlier in 2000 and made an instant splash by winning the 2002 Honda Classic. After a couple of less than stellar seasons, he resurrected his career with a victory in the 2012 Players Championship, which is thought of by many as golf’s fifth Major. 

Other Players of Note

The odds for a couple of other players of note starts off with last year’s Masters Champion Bubba Watson at 33/1. Another up-and-coming stud on the PGA Tour is Rickie Fowler at 40/1. Ernie Els, who stunned everyone with his victory in last season’s Open Championship, has been opened at 80/1. Finally one of the Masters’ gallery favorites and senior member of the field at age 53 is Fred Couples at 150/1.

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