The 2019 Masters tournament tees off Thursday, with 87 of the world’s greatest golfers assembling at Augusta National Golf Club for their annual pursuit of the most prestigious Major title. Here’s a rundown of the 2019 Masters odds.
Last year saw Patrick Reed claim the coveted Green Jacket for his first Major win, but the controversial champion golf fans love to hate is a longshot to become the first player to defend the Masters title since Tiger Woods in 2002.
2019 Masters Odds: McIlroy’s Momentum Makes Him Favorite
Per the latest odds posted by online sportsbook Bovada, Reed is listed at (+5000) to topple Augusta and the field in consecutive years. That low standing likely results from Reed’s poor performances of late, which have produced +10 (Cut), +6 (T-47th), and +1 (T-50th) scores in his last three outings.
But as bettors who backed him in the Masters last year surely remember well, Reed was listed at (+5000) before holding off Rickie Fowler for the one-stroke victory.
On the other end of the spectrum is Rory McIlroy, who has positioned himself in the top-10 of every tournament he’s played this year – including a win at the Players Championship three weeks ago.
McIlroy is a four-time Major champion, and a win at Augusta this week would make him just the sixth golfer to ever secure the career Grand Slam. He’s had his fair share of chances too, holding a four-stroke lead entering Sunday back in 2011, only to shoot an 80 for the worst score from a final round leader in Masters history.
That historic collapse might have ruined lesser golfers mentally, but McIlroy has shown no ill effects as he’s finished in the top-10 (T-8th, 4th, T-10th, T-7th, and T-5th) every time out over the last five years.
With the recent Players win showing McIlroy might be peaking, the oddsmakers have him listed as the clear favorite at (+750).
Next up on the betting board is Dustin Johnson (+1000), a Major winner who finished T-4th at Augusta in 2016. More recently, Johnson posted a T-6th run in last year’s Masters, and he won the WGC-Mexico Championship in February.
Other golfers to look for include last year’s opening odds favorite Jordan Spieth (+2200), last year’s runner-up Fowler (+1600), and 2017 Masters champ Sergio Garcia (+5000).
All told, 25 golfers are priced at 50 to 1 or better on donning the Green Jacket this year, so check the table below to see how The Masters’ betting leaderboard stacks up.
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2019 Masters Odds: Kicking the Tires on Tiger Woods Props
As always, all eyes will be on Woods when the 14-time Major champion and four-time Masters winner starts stalking Augusta’s pristine fairways.
Tiger-mania swept through the golf world last year, when Woods returned from debilitating back injuries to nearly win The Open and the PGA Championship. His performances this year haven’t been has consistent, but Woods has posted respectable finishes of T-20th, T-15th, T-10th to begin the 2019 Tour season.
Woods’ status as the darling of the betting public inflated his odds to (+1400), making him the fourth favorite among the field, but Bovada has other ways to wager on the legend.
If you think Woods can weave his way into the top-5, the 2019 Masters odds drop to (+260), while a top-10 finish is priced at (+120). Woods winding up atop the first round leaderboard is a (+2000) flier, and if he’s the top-scoring American in the field, he’ll cash tickets at (+700).
Fittingly enough for the man who won the Masters in 1997, 2001, 2002, and 2005, Woods is the (+225) favorite to finish as the top-scoring former winner.
And for folks who think Woods is washed up, betting on him to miss the cut costs (+500).