All that remains between the top golfers in the world and the coveted green jacket is one round at Augusta.
It sounds so simple, doesn't it?
Except very few players near the top of the leaderboard have put together three consistent days. Look at Bubba Watson, who entered Saturday as the leader. He shot a 68 to get there, and he then imploded with a 74.
This is a precarious situation for bettors. Here's a nifty tool to track the leaderboard, the latest odds and some predictions to make betting decisions easier.
Masters Day 4 Odds
|Miguel Angel Jimenez||16-1|
Full list of odds can be found at Vegas Insider.
Miguel Jimenez Tumbles Back to Earth
Don't get cute with the Masters.
The 2014 iteration has simply been too volatile thus far, and Miguel Jimenez's performance on Saturday personifies this notion.
After a 71 and 76 the first two rounds, Jimenez went out on Saturday and shot a jaw-dropping 66 to jump way up the board and into contention. As expected, this was a record, per ESPN's Justin Ray:
Miguel Angel Jimenez fires 66, tying the Masters record for any player 50 or older - '67 Ben Hogan (3rd Rd), '10 Fred Couples (1st Rd).— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) April 12, 2014
The problem is there's literally nothing to suggest this good form will somehow carry over to Sunday's proceedings. While the odds are nice, nothing about Jimenez from a betting standpoint is reassuring and the best bet of all is one that says his play dramatically dips.
Bubba Watson Continues His Descent
The aforementioned Watson's struggles are far from over.
This has been a thing with Watson for quite some time. Collapses are all but expected at this point and even when he took the lead Friday, there was a flirtation with a collapse via a bogey on the 18th hole.
Watson kept this trend alive on Saturday with five bogeys. Of course, he's is not deterred about the round:
“If this is my worst day and I’m still tied for the lead I have a great chance tomorrow,” Watson, the 2012 Masters champion, told CBS in a televised interview. “It’ll be interesting and fun.”
The odds are in no way horrible but a return on investment would be ideal in this scenario. Watson has burned bettors one too many times to feel comfortable with what has been a downward trend over the course of the last 19 holes.
Matt Kuchar Dons the Green Jacket
Matt Kuchar is just two shots back as the final day at Augusta begins.
His 68 was much better than his 73 and 71 in the first and second round, respectively. His continued improvement meshes well with his third and eighth-place finishes the past two years.
Natural progression is the name of the game for Kuchar, and it's about time he won a major title.
A career-best 68 score at the Masters is a heck of a way to start. Kuchar's odds are favorable, so roll with him to steal the green jacket. It's about time he allowed bettors to cash in as he finally ascends to the top of the sport.