Masters 2013: Betting Lines for Your Favorite Golfers

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Masters 2013: Betting Lines for Your Favorite Golfers
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The 2013 Masters is but a day away, with some of the game's most popular golfers ready to make history.

Will Tiger Woods capture his fifth career green jacket this year? Will Phil Mickelson capture his fourth?

What about Rory McIlroy? Will some of game's bright young stars shine at Augusta?

Here's a look at the odds for some of golf's most popular players, complete with analysis (odds via Bovada).

 

Tiger Woods (7/2)

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Tiger has come roaring out of the gate this year, with three victories in four stroke-play PGA Tour events. He's already matched his win total from all of last year and it's only early April.

The four-time Masters champion ranks first on tour in putting this season (strokes gained), per PGATour.com. Since his last win at Augusta in 2005, Tiger has posted six top-10 finishes at the tournament in the last seven years.

It's no wonder why Tiger is the favorite this year. 

One thing's for sure: If Tiger is leading down the stretch donning his red shirt, it's going to be hard for the competition to stay focused given his history at Augusta.

 

Phil Mickelson (12/1)

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The genial Phil Mickelson has been a tour favorite for decades.

The left-hander affectionately known as "Lefty" has posted 14 career top-10 finishes at the Masters, including three victories. He last won at Augusta in 2010 and he placed third last year.

Mickelson ranks in the top 50 in greens-in-regulation percentage and putting (strokes gained) this year, according to PGATour.com. Those are two critical areas at Augusta.

The 42-year-old also won the Phoenix Open this year and he's coming off a respectable 16th-place finish at the Houston Open.

 

Rory McIlroy (12/1)

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Rory McIroy, everybody's favorite young superstar, has never finished better than 15th at the Masters, but a recent surge at the Valero Texas Open, not to mention an eighth-place finish at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, has some thinking he could capture his first career green jacket.

McIlroy has certainly had his struggles this year (highlighted by him walking off the course at the Honda Classic), but he finished second at the Texas Open, posting a six-under-par 66 on the final day.

We all know the 23-year-old has the talent to win the Masters. It's just a matter of him putting it all together for four rounds.

 

Keegan Bradley (22/1)

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Keegan Bradley's fiery demeanor was on full display when he won the 2011 PGA Championship. We also saw it when he won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last year.

One of the most popular (and talented) golfers on the planet has the potential to win his first career green jacket this year. He finished 27th at Augusta last year, but that was his first career appearance in the tournament.

The 26-year-old hasn't won yet this year, but he's posted four top-10 finishes in his last four PGA Tour events. While he hasn't been particularly spectacular in any one area except for driving distance, he doesn't appear to have a great weakness, either.

That's the sign of a young player rounding into form.

 

Bubba Watson (33/1)

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How can you forget Bubba Watson's hooking shot from the trees in the playoff against Louis Oosthuizen last year at Augusta?

Everybody's favorite character has posted five top-20 finishes in six PGA Tour events this year, including two top-10 finishes.

He definitely has the driving power to do damage at Augusta and he's been a better putter statistically this year. Then again, he didn't putt very well at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, averaging 29.25 putts per round (tied for 34th in the field).

Watson has shown he can win under pressure. The question is, will his complete game be there at Augusta?

 

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