The 2014 Masters is shaping up to be very interesting, despite Tiger Woods ailing with a back injury with about a month to go. Woods’ Masters odds have taken a hit, as he has fallen back into a tie with Rory McIlroy as the tournament favorite. Woods is scheduled to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational before the Masters, and then take a few weeks off to prepare.
As for the back injury, it seems to be spasms versus a chronic issue, which is good. The problem is keeping is under control. It looks like the only thing that will heal the issue is time, which Woods doesn’t have much of before the season’s first Major Championship.
The betting odds to win the 2014 Masters have been out for many months, where Woods has been on top. Expectations for 2014 were high, but the back injury has caused oddsmakers to push him down.
Defending Masters winner Adam Scott is right behind Woods and McIlroy. After winning his first Major last season, Scott has maintained that high level of play and is expected to play a big factor come April.
Down the list of top-10 Masters favorites, there are many familiar names. But there are two outside of the top-10 that people should take a look at. They happen to be the future of golf as it stands right now. But one isn’t even on the list of betting odds.
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed have been getting plenty of attention of late. Reed won the Cadillac Championship last week to become the youngest golfer to win a World Golf Championships at the age of 23.
Reed has not even played in a Major Championship. The Cadillac Championship win was his third on the PGA Tour in the last seven months. Reed is guaranteed a spot in the Masters following his WGC victory.
Spieth is a player that splashed onto the scene last season at the age of 20. He continues to contend on the PGA Tour and looks to be a player to watch at the Masters.
At 28/1 Spieth has the attention of oddsmakers. But the thing about Augusta is that experience plays an important role, and this will be just the second Masters appearance for him.
One of the hottest names to watch has been Jason Day. The Australian captured the match play championship earlier this season and was close to several Major wins last season, including the Masters. Day is the fourth overall favorite behind fellow Aussie in Scott.
Between now and the Masters, you can expect plenty of coverage and for the betting odds to fluctuate more and more based on upcoming results.