The end of Round 2 at the 2014 Masters meant a number of marquee golfers didn’t make the cut, including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia, but bettors are probably more interested in who will win the green jacket.
Covers.com listed the favorites to win the title after Day 2 of action according to LVH Superbooks, and it should come as no surprise that leader Bubba Watson finds himself atop of this group as well with 3-2 odds.
Watson shot a brilliant four-under 68 Friday to give himself a solid three-stroke lead over the rest of the field. He even registered five birdies in a row on the back nine, almost hit a hole-in-one on hole No. 16 and has hit 28-of-36 greens in regulation on the tournament. Throw in the fact that he is bombing drives off the tee in typical Watson fashion, and he will be difficult to beat.
Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel enjoyed the incredible stretch of golf from the 2012 Masters champion:
Bubba golf has taken over at Augusta National. 5 straight birdies for the 2012 champ and he leads by 4.— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) April 11, 2014
To Watson’s credit, he was very humble after his round, via Ron Sirak of Golf Digest:
You've got to think about where I've come from, my mom having two jobs to pay for my golf, my dad working in construction. So if you think about it, it's an accomplishment for a guy named Bubba.
While Watson has been great, the defending green jacket winner Adam Scott is close on his tail at three-under. Scott has the second-best odds to win the Masters now, per Covers.com, at 5-1 and will certainly draw some interest from bettors going forward.
Scott is an intriguing bet because he started off slow in Round 2 with three bogeys in the first five holes and came charging back with three birdies on the back nine. With that type of momentum, he will likely be in contention throughout the weekend and may even end up dueling for the green jacket with Watson, which would be a thrill for fans.
One player who had favorable odds before the Masters started alongside Scott was Rory McIlory, but he struggled Friday and is four-over on the tournament and 11 strokes off the lead. Las Vegas responded by bumping his odds to a sizable 80-1.
If you aren’t interested on betting on one of the two favorites or attempting a long-shot with McIlroy, it is worth looking for some potential value picks as we move ahead to the weekend.
Matt Kuchar is tied for 15th place on the tournament at even par and is one of the most consistent golfers on the entire PGA Tour. He checks in at 20-1 odds.
Lee Westwood is also even par, and he is listed at 25-1 odds. Both he and Kuchar typically find themselves near the top of the leaderboard on Sundays, so at least you would theoretically have a chance going into the final round if you backed one of these golfers.
Another potential value pick is Fred Couples. The 54-year-old has dazzled fans through two rounds at the Masters and is tied for seventh place at two under. His odds are listed at 40-1 heading into Saturday.
Whichever golfer you back in Vegas, make sure to tune into the final two rounds at Augusta. They should bring plenty of excitement.
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