Masters Betting: Woods, McIlroy Lead The Field Into Augusta National

When it comes to the golf major championships, The Masters is probably the most prestigious of all. Any golfer that picks up a club dreams of making it to Augusta National at some point in their career. Expect another fireworks-filled weekend in Georgia. Here’s a look at the golf odds for the first major golf tournament of the year:

The Course

The Masters is the only tournament that is always held at the same place, and Augusta National can be difficult, yet yield low scores. The par-5s are where you have to attack this course and the back nine will make or break you. Par-4s on this course are extremely difficult and many players will be looking to break even here.

The Favorites

Tiger Woods (+300) is going for win No. 5 at Augusta National, even though he hasn’t won a tournament here since 2005. Woods is back to No. 1 in the world and he comes into The Masters with three wins in 2013, and he knows this golf course as well as anyone on the planet; even when he was struggling, Woods did well at Augusta. Everything is poised for Woods to win his 15th major and first since the 2008 U.S. Open.

Rory McIlroy (+850) finished second at the Valero Texas Open last weekend as he is trying to get his game back in shape, and you could argue that Augusta owes him one after his meltdown in the final round in 2011, when he shot an 80 to give the title to Charl Schwartzel (+1600). Iron play is crucial at Augusta and McIlroy was hitting excellent approach shots in Texas, but that is obviously a different ball game than Augusta. McIlroy has won two majors since then, but outside of his wins, he doesn’t have a finish higher than T25 in the majors since the 2011 Masters.

Phil Mickelson (+1000) is always a threat at Augusta, where he has three wins, and he loves this tournament as much as anyone in the world. Mickelson has a victory this season, but he has also struggled at times; it’s simply a matter of which Mickelson will show up, but as was mentioned, he puts his all into this tournament and it shouldn’t be a surprise to see him near the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.

The Sleepers

Justin Rose (+2000) is one of the most solid players in the world, and a T8 in last year’s Masters was his third finish of T-11 or better in the last five years. Rose won’t shy away from pressure and if his putter is going, he’ll be a problem this weekend.

The list of sleepers is quite long, and a wager on any of these players wouldn’t be a poor choice: Schwartzel, Dustin Johnson (+2800), Adam Scott (+2200), Keegan Bradley (+2200), Matt Kuchar (+3000), the defending champion, Watson (+3000), Ian Poulter (+4000) and Webb Simpson (+4000). It is all about catching lightning in a bottle for four days at Augusta, which always makes the final round at The Masters a must-watch event.

Here’s a fun Masters betting prop to wager on as well:

Who will win the 2013 U.S. MASTERS (Woods/McIlroy/Mickelson vs The Field)?

T WOODS-R MCILROY-P MICKELSON WINS  +160

FIELD- ALL OTHER PLAYERS -200

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