Masters Odds: Tiger Woods Favorite in Bunched Leaderboard Heading Into Weekend Play
Posted on: April 12, 2019, 05:22h.
Last updated on: April 12, 2019, 05:23h.
The Masters heads into the weekend with a jam-packed leaderboard, as five players are tied for the lead at -7 par.
Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, 2013 Masters champ Adam Scott, and Louis Oosthuizen sit atop the leaderboard.
But there are two familiar names one shot back: Dustin Johnson, and 14-time major winner Tiger Woods. The four-time green jacket winner is the favorite heading into Saturday at 6/1.
Joining DJ and Woods at -6 are Justin Harding and Xander Schauffele. Rory McIlroy – who entered as the Las Vegas favorite for golf’s first major of the year at 9/1 – struggled through the first two rounds to finish seven shots back at even par. He’s now at 40/1 to win his first green jacket and complete the career grand slam.
Rickie Fowler, who is at -3 and T16, was responsible for the majority of ticket slips printed at the Westgate SuperBook prior to the first round, and second most money wagered. Entering the Masters at 14/1, the 30-year-old who remains winless in the majors is a big liability for several sportsbooks.
SuperBook oddsmaker Jeff Sherman says Woods garnered the most money. It printed a $10,000 wager on Tiger in February at 12/1 odds that would net $120,000. That wager is looking mighty attractive now.
William Hill said it took an $85,000 bet on Woods that would net $1.19 million, the bookmaker’s largest single liability on one golfer in company history. After rounds of 70-68, oddsmakers and fans alike will be fixated on the game’s all-time great heading into the weekend rounds.
2015 Masters winner Jordan Spieth took in the third most money at the SuperBook. He soared 34 places Friday by recovering from a +3 round of 75 by shooting -4 in the second. Justin Rose, the game’s No. 1 player in the world and an odds-on favorite, missed the cut at +4.
One of the more surprising storylines through the first 36 holes is the play of Harding. He entered the week at 400/1 to win, meaning bettors who put just $10 on the South African would win $4,000 should he find a way to outscore golf’s best players.
Fan-favorite Phil Mickelson, who has three green jackets in his closet, stumbled Friday after a first-round 67. He’s at -4.
Thirty-six holes stand between a player and Butler Cabin. And the Las Vegas odds have been adjusted following the first two rounds of play.
Despite being a shot back, bettors are flocking to Woods, and who can really blame them? Sportsbooks have Tiger at 6/1, or implied odds of 14.29 percent. Koepka, the winner of two of the last three majors, is next at 7/1. DJ and Molinari share that line.
Day is at 10/1, as he remains fighting an ongoing back injury sustained earlier in the week. Scott is at 10/1, too. Oosthuizen is a tad longer at 12/1.
Schauffele stands at 14/1, while Jon Rahm (-5) is at 16/1. Ian Poulter (-5), Justin Thomas (-3), and Fowler are at 33/1.
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