2018 Masters odds, top contenders
There could be a ton of fireworks on Sunday if we get the right final pairings and the right names on the leaderboard. No matter what, this is the cornerstone event for golf in the US, but this thing has potential that is off the charts. Augusta National is a fairly forgiving course off of the tee, but approach shots and putts win this tournament.
There are a lot of challenging lies on approach shots and pin placement will matter a lot for the players. Greenside hazards can make it very difficult to spin the ball to get the desired effect on the green. There are a lot of two and three-tiered greens at Augusta, so location means everything on the putting surface.
Odds for the Masters have been up for a very long time across the market. Spieth has been terrific at the Masters. He has a win and two runner-up finishes over the last four years at Augusta. As discussed on our special edition Masters Podcast on BangTheBook Radio, Brian Blessing pointed out how this is the only major played at the same course year in and year out and horse for course plays work well at this event.
Rory has never won the Masters, but he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and was second and third on the European Tour in two events before coming stateside full-time for this season. Rory needs this one for the career grand slam. Many are looking at Justin Rose in the same way. Rose does not have a win at the Masters, but he was the runner-up in both and He lost last year in a playoff to Sergio Garcia at the Masters.
Augusta National is tailored really well to left-handed players. Bubba Watson has two wins. Phil Mickelson has three wins. Mike Weir won in Playing familiar names is a good angle at the Masters. Go pick your Doc's-affiliated site and you will see almost a Super Bowl level of props this week. Golfers in cold-weather areas especially love the Masters because it means spring has arrived and they can go play soon.
I've always loved it because my first golf memory was Jack Nicklaus winning his record sixth and final green jacket in This year's Masters is the most anticipated in years simply because of Tiger Woods' return to health and contention. Tiger drives the needle in terms of TV viewers and betting action unlike any individual in any sport perhaps ever.
When he won a fourth green jacket in , I was like everyone else in thinking he was going to pass Nicklaus by the end of that decade. However, Woods hasn't taken the Masters since or won a major of any kind since the U. Open because of things that are his fault I think you know what I'm taking about and those that aren't back troubles.
It's not just Woods, though. There's Phil Mickelson looking for his fourth green jacket to join Jack, Tiger and Arnie as the only golfers with that many -- and off to a spectacular start this season with his first win since and a few other Top-6 finishes. The career of two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson's looked to be in the crapper about 12 months ago, but he has two victories this season.
How about world No. He entered Augusta last year on a three-event winning streak and heavily favored. Then he learned not to wear socks while climbing wooden stairs, forced to withdraw from the event after hurting himself in a fall the day before - an accident that probably doesn't happen if the Par 3 Contest isn't canceled due to weather.
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