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Masters Betting Preview: McIlroy Favored, Woods Trailing on Tournament Odds

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2015

The sun rises over the Augusta National Golf Club house  before practice rounds for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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The top two favorites to win the Masters this year have never won the tournament, while four-time winner Tiger Woods will enter the first major of the PGA Tour season with his lowest odds ever after being questionable to even play at Augusta National this week.

Coming off a career-best finish last year at the Masters—tying for eighth place—Rory McIlroy is the 6-1 favorite to win his first green jacket at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. He's followed by Jordan Spieth—who tied for second in 2014 at the age of 20—at 8-1.

Meanwhile, Woods is a career-worst 28-1 on the odds to win the Masters for a fifth time and has not won a tournament since 2013.

McIlroy has ascended to the top of the world rankings following a brilliant 2014 season that saw him win the last two majors on the PGA Tour, the British Open and the PGA Championship, finishing in the top 10 of 12 tournaments overall.

The 25-year-old previously won the PGA Championship in 2012 and took home the top prize in the U.S. Open a year earlier for his first career major victory at the age of 22. McIlroy’s remarkable run has made it easy for oddsmakers to replace Woods with him as the perennial favorite for any tournament he enters.

However, Spieth’s rapid rise has been impressive, making him one of the top golfers to watch this year on the PGA Tour. He turned pro just three years ago out of the University of Texas and has made the cut in nine of 10 events so far this season, winning the Hero World Challenge back in December and the Valspar Championship last month.

Spieth has placed second in each of his past two events heading into the Masters: the Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open last weekend.

Reigning Masters winner Bubba Watson will be going for his third green jacket in four years, and at 11-1, he is the third choice to win the Masters. Should he pull it off, he would be the first repeat champion since Woods in 2002.

Watson beat Spieth and Jonas Blixt (150-1) by three strokes a year ago, and he is followed on the Masters odds board by Dustin Johnson and Jason Day. Neither has ever won the Masters, and both are listed at 14-1.

Johnson’s top performance at Augusta came in 2013, when he tied for 13th place. Last year, he missed the cut. Day tied for second in 2011 with 2013 winner Adam Scott (22-1), finishing two strokes behind champ Charl Schwartzel (80-1).

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