The scenery at Augusta National Golf Club will be on full display this week, as the 2013 Masters is set to get underway. The stage is set for Tiger Woods, who has been on first his year with three victories already in just five starts. But many are hesitant to declare Woods the player he used to be, at least until he get a Major championship win. He is favored to do so this week, but will have plenty of top competition from the best players in the world.
Bubba Watson dazzled patrons at Augusta National in 2012 with his performance, ultimately winning on the second hole in a playoff with Louis Oosthuizen. Watson orchestrated a magical shot from the right hand portion of the trees on No.10 at Augusta National for his approach shot, landing within 15 feet of the hole. Oosthuizen struggled on the 10th, leaving his second shot left, which is dead. He failed to get it on the green with his third, and made it rather easy on Watson to two-putt for his four, and the first Major championship victory of his career.
Watson is on the list of favorites to win the 2013 Masters, but he is further down that list than we might have originally thought. The left-hander comes in at 33 to 1 to repeat his title from last year.
It’s Woods who leads the way on Masters betting odds, going off at 3 to 1 to win his fifth-career green jacket. He was a bigger favorite before Rory McIlroy tabbed a runner-up finish in San Antonio this past weekend. That prompted oddsmakers to reevaluate their stand on the No.2 player in the world. They moved him from 12 to 1, up to 8 to 1. McIlroy was behind Phil Mickelson, but is now in front.
And speaking of Mickelson, the three-time Masters champion is going off at 10 to 1 to win the Masters. He won it last in 2010, which was also the last Major win he has had. Mickelson has shown signs of playing well this season, with a win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but of late he hasn’t been in contention on a Sunday. At Augusta though, that is probably going to be a different story, as he typically always finds his way into the conversation.
Who else should we pay attention to though according to oddsmakers?
Well, those at Bovada Sportsbook think we should keep a close eye out on Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel. These two players round out the top-five for the 2013 Masters. Rose is set at 20 to 1, while Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, is set at 22 to 1.
Augusta certainly favors experience, and you will find most of the players leading the odds have a history of success and top finishes.
Top-10 Masters Favorites – Found At Bovada 4/8/2013
- Tiger Woods 3/1
- Rory McIlroy 8/1
- Phil Mickelson 10/1
- Justin Rose 20/1
- Charl Schwartzel 22/1
- Dustin Johnson 25/1
- Lee Westwood 25/1
- Louis Oosthuizen 25/1
- Adam Scott 28/1
- Brandt Snedeker 28/1