The final round of the 2013 Masters begins shortly, with a number of elite golfers within striking distance of earning a green jacket at the tournament’s conclusion.
With such a tight field at Augusta, there are plenty of interesting bets to make on which golfer will actually emerge victorious at the 77th Masters, the first major of the season.
Let’s take a look at some updated odds (courtesy of Bovada.lv) and give some advice on which bets to make and which to avoid.
Best Bet: Tiger Woods 11/2
Despite all the controversy surrounding Tiger’s illegal drop on the 15th hole on Friday, the world’s No. 1 golfer is right in the hunt on Sunday—just as he used to be in seemingly every major.
The superstar took the two-stroke penalty in stride and is “right there in the ballgame” (h/t ESPN) despite the overwhelming coverage and criticism about the drop.
At three-under par, Woods is just four strokes off the lead—certainly not an insurmountable difference for a player of his caliber at a course like Augusta National.
Considering the decent odds that are now above 5/1, there’s no better time to take a chance on Tiger.
Bad Bet: Brandt Snedeker 9/4
Snedeker is the favorite to win it all, but at just over 2/1, it’s hard to find a reason to back the major-less 32-year-old.
His best finish at this event came back in 2008, when he went into the final round in second place and completely botched his chances with a poor, shaky performance—winding up tying for third and giving the wide-open championship to Trevor Immelman.
This time, Snedeker is in the lead at seven-under par, but he has a number of elite golfers right on his tail. Angel Cabrera is tied at seven under, Adam Scott is sitting at six under, while Marc Leishman and Jason Day are just behind at five-under par.
We’re not so sure that Snedeker is going to be able to handle the pressure and think rather that he may crack, as he did in 2008. Until he proves otherwise, he’s certainly not worth making a wager on.
2013 Masters Odds
Brandt Snedeker 9/4
Adam Scott 7/2
Angel Cabrera 5/1
Tiger Woods 11/2
Jason Day 8/1
Matt Kuchar 10/1
Marc Leishman 20/1
Lee Westwood 40/1
Rickie Fowler 50/1
Tim Clark 55/1
Jim Furyk 66/1
Steve Stricker 66/1
Sergio Garcia 100/1
Jason Dufner 125/1
Bernhard Langer 150/1
Bo Van Pelt 150/1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 150/1
Justin Rose 150/1
Nick Watney 150/1
Fred Couples 3001
K.J. Choi 500/1
Bill Haas 750/1