Masters Odds 2014: Favorites to Win the Green Jacket

Lindsay Gibbs@linzsports Featured ColumnistApril 7, 2014

Masters Odds 2014: Favorites to Win the Green Jacket

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    Tiger Woods might be out, but there are still plenty of golf stars ready to do battle on the greens of Augusta this week for a chance to walk away with the most famous jacket in sports.

    The stakes for the first major of the year are always high, and this year is no exception. Past champions such as Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson and Adam Scott will be trying to add to their collection of green jackets, while Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson will be trying to win their first Masters title.

    Using the odds from Vegas Insider, here's a look at the top contenders for the 2014 Masters.

Bubba Watson

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    Odds to Win: 25-1

    Best Masters Finish: Winner (2012)

    Season Highlights

    Bubba Watson won his first tournament since the 2012 Masters earlier this year at the Northern Trust Open. He is currently ranked No. 12 in the world. 

    Why He'll Win

    Watson struggled after his big win two years ago, but he has bounced back in 2014 with three top-five finishes and the one victory.

    As usual, the 35-year-old leads the PGA Tour in driving distance, but he's also been surprisingly economical on the greens this season.

Zach Johnson

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    Marco Garcia

    Odds to Win: 20-1

    Best Masters Finish: Winner (2007)

    Season Highlights

    Zach Johnson started off 2014 by winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He has finished three other tournaments in the top 10.

    Why He'll Win

    Johnson has been one of the most accurate and consistent golfers this season and currently sits at No. 10 in the official world golf rankings.

    It's been a while, but the 38-year-old does know how to win the green jacket; he just has to figure out how to harness that Augusta magic again.

Jordan Spieth

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    Odds to Win: 20-1

    Best Masters Finish: n/a

    Season Highlights

    Twenty-year-old Jordan Spieth is one of the fastest-rising stars on the tour. The 2013 Rookie of the Year has four top-10 finishes this year and is currently ranked No. 13.

    Why He'll Win

    Spieth has both the confidence and the game to walk away with the green jacket in his Augusta debut.

    He says that he's treating the Masters like any other tournament and that he knows he belongs on the big stage, via ASAP Sports.

Dustin Johnson

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    Odds to Win: 15-1

    Best Masters Finish: Tied for 13th (2013)

    Season Highlights

    Dustin Johnson won the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in November and has four other top-10 finishes this season. 

    Why He'll Win

    Johnson has finished in the top 10 at a major six times in his career, but he is still looking for his big breakthrough.

    Right now, the 29-year-old, who is currently ranked No. 11, is playing some of the best golf of his career.

    He trails only Bubba Watson in driving distance, and his accuracy on the greens this season has launched him to No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings.

Jason Day

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    Odds to Win: 15-1

    Best Masters Finish: Tied for second (2011)

    Season Highlights

    Australian Jason Day has had a great season, winning both the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf and the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. 

    Why He'll Win

    Day is currently ranked No. 4 in the world and is considered to be one of the best players without a major.

    Last year, the 26-year-old finished third at the Masters, tied for second at the U.S. Open and tied for eighth at the PGA Championship. This might just finally be his time to shine.

Phil Mickelson

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    Odds to Win: 15-1

    Best Masters Finish: Winner (2004, 2006, 2010)

    Season Highlights

    Phil Mickelson finished tied for second at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship this season and is currently ranked No. 5.

    Why He'll Win

    This hasn't been the best season of Mickelson's career, but he can never be counted out at the Masters.

    With Tiger Woods out, Lefty is the most accomplished Masters player in the field, and the 43-year-old could walk away with his fourth career green jacket.

Adam Scott

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    Odds to Win: 10-1

    Best Masters Finish: Winner (2013)

    Season Highlights

    Adam Scott started off the season with back-to-back wins at the Australian PGA Championship and the Talisker Masters. Since then, he's added five more top-five finishes.

    Why He'll Win

    The Australian finally won his maiden major in Augusta last year, and he's currently ranked No. 2, meaning that with Woods out, he is the highest-ranked golfer in the field.

    The 33-year-old has had a great season so far, and if he plays his best, he could add another green jacket to his closet.

Rory McIlroy

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    Odds to Win: 10-1

    Best Masters Finish: Tied for 15th (2011)

    Season Highlights

    Rory McIlroy won the Emirates Australian Open in December and finished tied for second at the Honda Classic earlier this year. He shot a 65 in the last round of the Houston Open last weekend.

    Why He'll Win

    McIlroy had a much-publicized slump last year, but he has found his best game just in time to contend for his first Masters title.

    The 24-year-old, who won the U.S. Open in 2011 and the PGA Championship in 2012, has been one of the most consistent players this season and has been working on tailoring his game to the greens of Augusta since last year.

    As he's proven before, McIlroy certainly has the talent to topple the rest of the field.