Gambling
Sports Betting
Casino & Poker
Gambling Sites, Laws & FAQ

News

Gambling News
Gambling News
Jonathan ZaunApril 04, 2018
April 05, 2018

Betting Guide for the 82nd Annual Masters Tournament

When the 82nd annual edition of the Masters tees off April 5 at Augusta National, the scene will be straight out of 2015.

That year, Tiger Woods limped to a T-17th finish in what many golf fans feared might be his final shot at the green jacket. The four-time Masters champion hasn’t played Augusta since – until this year.

That tournament saw Woods play the Sunday session alongside Rory McIlroy, whose valiant 66 final round to finish 12-under wasn’t nearly enough to chase down champion Jordan Spieth (-18).

That trio will reunite at Augusta this Thursday, and according to the linemakers at online sportsbook Bovada, they’ll represent three of the tournament’s top-five favorites.

At (+900), Spieth offers the best odds of any golfer in the 87-man field – and for good reason. He’s played in four Masters thus far, and along with 2015’s wire-to-wire victory, Spieth has had a shot to win each and every one.

In 2014, the 20-year old phenom briefly held the final round lead before notching a T-2nd finish. After breaking through to claim the green jacket in 2015, Spieth returned to Augusta and came agonizingly close to defending the title. Despite holding a five-stroke lead heading to the back nine, Spieth collapsed and lodged his second runner-up run at the Masters.

Last year marked the first time Spieth didn’t hold a 54-hole lead, but he did enter the final round down just two strokes before finishing T-11th.

Sufficed to say, Spieth’s dominance at Augusta makes him the rightful favorite this time around – and his (-16) performance for a T-3rd finish in last week’s Houston Open tune-up certainly doesn’t hurt.

Trailing just behind Spieth on the betting board is McIlroy, a four-time Major champion who can complete the career Grand Slam with a win this week. The Northern Irishman is no stranger to Augusta, having secured his first Masters berth as a 19-year old back in 2009.

McIlroy wouldn’t make the top-10 until 2008, but he’s made that mark ever since, stringing together T-8th, 4th, T-10th, and T-7th finishes between 2014-2017.

It’s been a mixed bag of cuts and middling finishes of late for McIlroy, but he did top the field with a 1st-place run at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.

Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson are both listed at (+1100), but it’s Thomas who will be riding a wave of momentum heading to Augusta.

Thomas, who won the PGA Championship for his first Major last year, has reached a playoff in his last two tournaments. He was runner-up to Phil Mickelson at WGC-Mexico to begin March, after winning the Honda Classic to end April. Overall, Thomas has placed in the top-20 in his last five tournaments, leading to a 2nd-place spot in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Johnson leads that list, having put up a win and a T-2nd finish, along with three other top-20 runs to begin 2018.

As for golf’s supreme superstar, Woods returns to Augusta for the first time since 2015. He hasn’t won a Major in 10 years, and he’s winless outright since 2013.

Even so, the oddsmakers have Woods at (+1400) thanks to a torrid mid-March streak. After briefly leading the Valspar Championship en route to a T-2nd finish, Woods found himself one stroke back on the back nine at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He wound up with a T-5th run at Bay Hill, but that made it three straight top-15 finishes – signaling the start of a comeback for the 79-time PGA Tour winner.

Check out the table below to see Bovada’s odds on the top-25 contenders to win the 82nd annual Masters:

Odds to Win the 2018 Masters

Golfer Odds to Win Masters on 4/3
Jordan Spieth +900
Rory McIlroy +1000
Justin Thomas +1100
Dustin Johnson +1100
Tiger Woods +1400
Justin Rose +1400
Bubba Watson +1600
Jason Day +1800
Phil Mickelson +1800
Rickie Fowler +2200
Jon Rahm +2200
Paul Casey +2200
Sergio Garcia +2800
Hideki Matsuyama +3300
Henrik Stenson +3300
Alex Noren +4500
Tommy Fleetwood +4500
Matt Kuchar +5000
Patrick Reed +5000
Adam Scott +6000
Ian Poulter +6600
Louis Oosthuizen +6600
Marc Leishman +6600
Thomas Pieters +6600
Bryson DeChambeau +8000

 

 

© 2019 GambleOnline.co
18+ | Please Gamble Responsibly