Masters Odds 2013: Betting Line Reflects Tiger Woods' Ascension Back to the Top

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 26, 2013

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 25:  Tiger Woods plays a shot on the 3rd hole during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 25, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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It's no wonder why Tiger Woods is the favorite to win the 2013 Masters.

After winning the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational on Monday, Woods now has three victories in four PGA Tour stroke-play events this year. He also won the WGC-Cadillac Championship and the Farmers Insurance Open.

According to Bovada, Woods has 11/4 odds to win the Masters this year.

Perhaps what has been most impressive about Woods' performance this season is his putting. His putting has gradually come back to life since 2009. He ranked 109th in putting (strokes gained) in 2010, 45th in 2011 and 36th in 2012, via PGATour.com. He now ranks first on tour.

That included recording just 100 putts at Doral, the lowest 72-hole mark of his career. He also racked up 27 birdies, one short of his career high.

Tiger's sand-save percentage has also gotten back to the level it was in 2009. He ranks 51st in that category, after ranking 123d, 175th and 80th in 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively.

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The 14-time major champion's driving accuracy has dropped from last year's mark (ranked 142nd on tour), but then again, that has rarely been Woods' game. He's largely won throughout his career with his putting and ability to get out of tough spots.

Woods last won the Masters in 2005, but it's not out of the question that he wins it again. Even in the dreadful 2010 and 2011 seasons, Woods still placed fourth at Augusta.

In 2005, Woods ranked 192nd in driving accuracy, but also ranked ninth in putting and 46th in sand-save percentage. Tiger's numbers are similar this year.

Woods has already matched his win total from 2012 (his bounce-back campaign), and it's not even April yet. Whatever he did in the offseason paid off.

Anything can happen at Augusta, but one thing's for sure: It's hard not to call Tiger the favorite this year.

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