The Masters Betting Preview
The PGA returns to Augusta National this week for the 83rd edition of The Masters.
The favorite at Bovada Sportsbook to put on the green jacket this year is Rory McIlroy at +700. The Masters remains the only major that McIlroy hasn’t won. He’s come close numerous times with five top-10 finishes, including last year when he tied for fifth. McIlroy has been one of the best on tour this season with top-five finishes in five of his last six tournaments, including a win in The Players Championship.
Following McIlroy on The Masters odds is Dustin Johnson at +1000, Justin Rose at +1200 and Tiger Woods at +1400.
Johnson and Rose are also both looking for their first Masters win. Johnson, still ranked No. 1 in the world, tied for 10th place at Augusta last year and his best career finish in The Masters was tying for fourth place in 2016.
Rose has come up just short at The Masters a few times with second-place finishes in 2017 and 2015. Last year he finished tied for 12th.
Tiger Woods fourth on oddsboard at +1400
Woods will go after his fifth green jacket this week as he attempts to win his first major since 2008. Woods last won at Augusta in 2005 and hasn’t really been in contention to win since he tied for fourth in 2013. Last year he tied for 32nd in his first shot at The Masters since 2015.
The defending champion this week at Augusta is Patrick Reed. He claimed his first major win after taking the green jacket a year ago. It’s been a mediocre season for Reed so far, as he’s failed to produce a single top-10 finish. The oddsmakers don’t expect him to add a second green jacket to his wardrobe after listing him as a +5000 underdog to repeat.
Other former Masters winners in this week’s field include Sergio Garcia at +5000, Danny Willett at +17500, Jordan Spieth at +2200, two-time winner Bubba Watson at +3300, Adam Scott at +4000, Charl Schwartzel at +15000 and three-time champ Phil Mickelson at +4000.
Fowler, Rahm offer value at +1800
If you’re looking for value bets this week, two players looking for their first major wins may be worth a look. You can probably guess they are Rickie Fowler (+1800) and Jon Rahm (+1800).
Fowler finished second behind Reed last year in another close call at a major. Still in search of that elusive major win, he has finished second in three of four of the majors and third in the PGA Championship.
Rahm, in only his second Masters tournament last year, finished in fourth place.