On a normal Masters week, two or three names will stick out at the top of the betting odds. This year is an exception, but books have struggled to find a consensus. With so many elite golfers in good form and sporting victories leading up to the year’s first major, we’re seeing some of the most balanced odds in recent memory at the Masters.
As of Monday, Sportsbook doesn’t have a single player lower than 10-1, while Bovada has made Rory McIlroy a slight favorite over the pack at +900. Looking back at the odds over the past decade, the largest price I found for a favorite at the Masters was +800 for McIlroy in 2014. Basically, books and bettors all seem to have a lot of differing opinions on who should be the favorite this weekend.
Sportsbook lists Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods as co-favorites at 10-1, while McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas all check in at 12-1. The next tier includes Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose at 15-1. In comparison, you could only find three players listed at 15-1 or less last year in Johnson, Spieth and McIlroy. All three were listed at less than 10-1 before Johnson withdrew due to a back injury.
Let’s first take a look at the one future I will bet from the group of eight favorites mentioned above. I’ll also touch on two other value plays in the next tier and close with two popular futures picks I will avoid.