2014 Masters Tournament

Masters Field 2014: Tee Times, Odds and Predictions for Favorites and Sleepers

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Adam Scott (L) and Steven Bowditch of Australia walk off a tee during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2014

More than ever, the Masters at Augusta are nearly impossible to predict thanks to no true star emerging as the favorite in the odds department.

Tiger Woods is out of the picture due to injury, so no name jumps off the page as someone who will run away with the top prize this year. One may want to point to recognizable faces like Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott but inconsistency has cast a shred of doubt on their chances, too.

Vegas reflects all of the above and makes the lives of bettors tough. Here's a look at notable tee times to keep an eye on, followed by odds and predictions for favorites and underdogs.

2014 Masters Notable Groups
Tee Time (ET) Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
8:07 a.m. Ben Crenshaw Y.E. Yang Jonas Blixt
8:18 a.m. Mark O'Meara Steven Bowditch Jordan Niebrugge
8:40 a.m. Craig Stadler Scott Stallings Martin Kaymer
8:51 a.m. Tom Watson Billy Horschel Brendon de Jonge
9:02 a.m. Mike Weir Matt Every Roberto Castro
9:13 a.m. Angel Cabrera Gary Woodland Ian Poulter
9:24 a.m. Fred Couples Webb Simpson Chang-woo Lee
9:57 a.m. Zach Johnson KJ Choi Steve Stricker
10:30 a.m. Charl Schwartzel Jim Furyk Thorbjorn Olesen
10:41 a.m. Adam Scott Jason Dufner Matthew Fitzpatrick
10:52 a.m. Jordan Spieth Patrick Reed Rory McIlroy
11:36 a.m. Jose Maria Olazabel Lucas Glover Garrick Porteous
12:09 p.m. Vijay Singh Thomas Bjorn Ryan Moore
1:15 p.m. Bubba Watson Luke Donald Sergio Garcia
1:48 p.m. Phil Mickelson Ernie Els Justin Rose
Masters.com

Full list of pairings available at Masters.com.

Notable Player Odds to Win 2014 Masters
PlayerOdds
Adam Scott9-1
Rory McIlroy9-1
Phil Mickelson12-1
Jason Day14-1
Matt Kuchar20-1
Dustin Johnson22-1
Sergio Garcia22-1
Bubba Watson25-1
Henrik Stenson25-1
Justin Rose28-1
Zach Johnson28-1
Brandt Snedeker33-1
Keegan Bradley33-1
Charl Schwartzel35-1
Hunter Mahan40-1
Jason Dufner40-1
Jordan Spieth40-1
Lee Westwood40-1
Angel Cabrera50-1
Jimmy Walker50-1
Ian Poulter55-1
Luke Donald55-1
Louis Oosthuizen60-1
Patrick Reed60-1
Graeme McDowell66-1
Graham Delaet66-1
Harris English66-1
Jim Furyk66-1
Rickie Fowler70-1
Oddsshark

Full list of odds can be found on Oddshark.

 

Favorites

Adam Scott 9-1

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Adam Scott of Australia looks over a green during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Harry How/Getty Images

Last year's winner of the green jacket has a chance to move up to No. 1 in the world rankings if he can grab another jacket this weekend.

Adam Scott has been on an absolute tear this season. He started hot with wins at the Australian PGA Championship and the Talisker Masters and hasn't slowed since.

It's a reassuring sign for bettors, as a golfer falling flat after winning at Augusta is not all that uncommon as of late. Scott's form is top notch and anything less than a first-place finish will be something of a disappointment.

All things considered, Scott will finish just behind the sport's next big thing.

Prediction: Scott finishes a close second

 

Rory McIlroy 9-1

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Harry How/Getty Images

Known for his up-and-down play, Rory McIlroy realizes his time is now.

With Woods sidelined and no player truly stepping up and seizing the moment, things appear to be coming together for McIlroy. As he said recently, the sport is just waiting for someone to win consistently, per the AP (via ESPN):

"It's almost like golf is waiting for someone to stamp their authority on the game and be that dominant player," McIlroy said.

Consistency has not been a major issue for McIlroy this year as he has finished in the top 25 in all of his events and a 65 in the final round of the Shell Houston Open suggests he is finally getting back to form.

At just 24 years old, things seem to be coming together. The course at Augusta is perfect for his skill set, so 2014 is the year McIlroy leaves his mark on the sport.

Prediction: McIlroy wins the 2014 Masters

 

Sleepers

Rickie Fowler 70-1

HUMBLE, TX - APRIL 06:  Rickie Fowler of the United States watches his shot on the eighteenth hole during the final round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on April 6, 2014 in Humble, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Don't fully discredit the power of recent momentum.

Just 25 years old, Rickie Fowler has missed the cut in 50 percent of the events this year, but he turned his game up a notch at the Shell Houston Open. Jason Sobel of GolfChannel.com concurs this is an important trend to notice:

Fowler followed that up with quite the performance on his practice round, per CBS Sports' Kyle Porter:

At these odds, bettors need to throw some cash down as soon as possible.

Prediction: Fowler lands in the top 10

 

Jim Furyk 66-1

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 30:  Jim Furyk prepares to putt on the 10th during the Final Round of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course on March 30, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)
Marianna Massey/Getty Images

While a bit of a long shot as well, Furyk has favorable odds for those in search of a bargain.

He has a strong history at the event with two finishes in fourth place. Momentum is a bit on his side as well, thanks to a top 10 finish at the Valero Texas Open.

Furyk says confidence should be the No. 1 thing people look at before the Masters, per Jim McCabe of Golfweek:

Statistics bother me, at times. If I’m standing at a tee box and I think I can put it in the fairway and I know I’m going to put it in the fairway, then I feel like I’m driving the ball well and I don’t care what the statistics say.

If I hit eight out of 10 fairways, but I’m standing on the tee nervous about getting the ball in the fairway, I don’t care what the stats say then I don’t think I’m prepared.

Fair point. For the record, Furyk sounds sure of himself heading into the big event. That should be worth a bet.

Prediction: Furyk lands in third place

 

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