As they always do during the course of the tournament, the 2013 Masters odds have changed quite a bit after the opening round at Augusta.
Marc Leishman and Sergio Garcia have grabbed early headlines, as both sit atop the leaderboard at six under, followed closely by Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Freddie Couples, Rickie Fowler and a slew of other golfers less than five strokes off the pace.
Tiger Woods is the lone golfer who managed to avoid a change in the current odds (courtesy of Bovada). After opening up the tournament as a 7/2 favorite, Woods did enough to keep that posting for those who plan on betting his name before Friday's second round. Woods finished with a two-under 70, good for a tied-for-13th mark.
Defending champion Bubba Watson had himself a rough day at three over, but how far will the oddsmakers push his chances down after a disappointing opening round?
Before Friday's tournament action begins at Augusta, take a look at which golfers have the best odds to bring home the green jacket as of Friday morning. Don't be fooled—these odds will change yet again as soon as Friday's round is complete.
Updated Odds to Win Masters (courtesy of Bovada)
Notable Golfer Odds for Round 2
Woods wasn't at his best on Thursday, but that's why the Masters is a four-day event.
After coming out strong and playing three-under, bogey-free golf through the first 13 holes, Woods had his first setback of the tournament, posting a bogey on No. 14 that moved his score to two-under.
It's where he will open up play on Friday.
Still, Woods put himself in good positions on Thursday afternoon. Despite hitting only nine of 14 fairways, Woods was on the green in regulation in 13 of 18 chances. But he also missed some putts he usually makes and could have very easily ended up at four- or five-under with a better short game.
It's clear, though, that Woods is still the man to beat at Augusta. Oddsmakers agree, as does Jason Sobel of Golf Channel, who notes that 70 has been Woods' magic number in his four previous Masters wins:
Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN
Tiger Woods opens with 70. That's been the magic number in the first round during three of his previous four Masters titles.4/11/2013, 8:00:02 PM
Woods will tee off in the next-to-last group on Friday, and he'll be the favorite until another golfer proves otherwise.
It's funny how one bad round can really cripple your odds in Vegas.
The reigning champ had a rough day at Augusta on Thursday, and he'll continue the tournament both on the cusp of being one of the cut casualties at the end of Friday's round and in danger of dropping into the quadruple digits in the odd pool on Saturday.
It's no coincidence that the last back-to-back winner of the Masters was over a decade ago (Woods). It's extremely hard to compete at Augusta every year, and winning the green jacket is even harder.
Watson is the kind of golfer who can catch fire quickly off the tee and carry it over to some quick birdies, but it'll take a huge effort to push him back into contention at the end of Friday's round.
The 14-year-old Chinese prodigy isn't in his home country anymore, but you couldn't tell that by his performance in the first round at Augusta on Thursday.
Instead of P.E. class, girl chasing and math homework, the eighth-grader was busy cupping four birdies, finishing strong with a long birdie on the 18th hole and finishing higher (+1) than most golfers ever dream of in his first appearance in a golf major.
The oddsmakers aren't too keen on him being a Cinderella story on Sunday.
Still, that's the idea of a Cinderella story. Despite the huge round on Thursday, no one gives this young man a chance to be in contention on Sunday, even though he's only seven shots off the pace.
In reality, it probably won't happen, but what Guan has done so far is enough to etch his name in Masters history. Seeing 1000/1 odds isn't exactly a confidence booster for a tournament win, but Guan has defied the odds already and has shown poise many can only dream of at age 14.
He won't get any help from Vegas, but he should be fun to watch on Friday.
Take a quick look at the odds after Woods.
You'll see Johnson—not Leishman or Garcia—as the golfer with the best odds to win the tournament after a promising first round.
Johnson, who did not participate in the Masters in 2012 due to an injury, has been a hot name to win a major for the past couple of seasons. He's clearly getting closer, and Jonathan Wall of PGATour.com thinks Augusta is an ideal course for it to happen:
Jonathan Wall @jonathanrwall
Call me crazy, but I see Dustin Johnson winning @ Augusta before his career is over. Game suits course; just needs to find putter for 4 days4/11/2013, 10:24:11 PM
He's participated in 17 majors during his professional career but never taken home the elusive major win. Vegas is clearly on board with his effort, and why not after a performance that included an eagle, four birdies and one bogey in Round 1?
Woods may be the headliner heading into Round 2, but Johnson is nipping at his heels and has the upper hand on the leaderboard by three strokes when Friday's action begins.
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