McIlroy Remains 2019 Masters Favorite; Woods’ Odds Falter

McIlroy Remains 2019 Masters Favorite; Woods’ Odds Falter

The 2019 Masters is upon as the golfers will visit the hallowed Augusta National Golf Course this week. Although Tiger Woods was posted as the co-favorite to win this event when the odds were opened at the end of the 2018 PGA Tour season, a lot has changed since then.

It’s Rory McIlroy who opens up as the favorite to win the Green Jacket – a spot he has held for since winning the TPC.

Right behind McIlroy – who is +700 (7/1) at most sportsbooks, is Dustin Johnson, who has seen his Masters betting odds surge since they originally opened. When the prospective futures were posted in October, Johnson was in the +1200 (12/1) neighborhood, behind Woods and Jordan Spieth.

However, Johnson has been on fire to start the season and is only +750 (15/2) with 888Sport, though fans of golf betting can find him at +1000 (10/1) at some sportsbooks, including PointsBet.

Tiger’s Struggles Knocking His Odds

As for Woods, optimism surrounding Tiger winning his 15th major has faded. Remember, he finished the 2018 season with flurry, placing sixth at The Open, second at the PGA Championship, sixth at the BMW Championship and a win at the Tour Championship.

That magic simply hasn’t carried over as he’s placed 15th or worse in four of his five events with his best result being a 10th at the WGC-Mexico Championship. His putting has been an issue, and his odds have dropped from about +900 (9/1) to as high as +1600 (16/1), though some sportsbooks still have him around +1200 (12/1).

Lastly, Spieth has also taken a tumble as he was virtually a co-favorite with Woods at open. Spieth is now down +1600 (16/1) at FanDuel and PointsBet as his game has been in disarray in 2019. His best finish in 10 starts is 30th as he’s shockingly missed the cut three times. Spieth had missed the cut just five times in 23 events last year.

Why Dustin Johnson’s Odds Are Tightening

Johnson is coming off a disappointing 30th at the WGC-HSBC Champions but other than that, he has placed in the Top 9 in six of his seven other starts. That includes a win at the WGC-Mexico Championship. He’s the No. 2 golfer in the world behind Justin Rose, so it’s not a surprise to see the oddsmakers bump him up to the No. 2 spot in the odds right behind McIlroy.

As for the McIlroy, he also had a disappointing result at the WGC-HSBC Champions, placing 54th, but that was his only finish outside of the Top 6. He won THE PLAYERS Championship, placed sixth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and has placed in the Top 5 in four other events.

McIlroy has never won at The Masters but he’s been very close in five straight seasons. He has placed in the Top 10 in each of those years, tying for eighth in 2014, placing fourth in 2015, and tying for 10th, seventh and fifth in the three most recent years. He was the favorite last year, too.

Right behind the top two is Justin Rose, who has also seen a surge in his odds since the original opening line last fall. Rose, who was in the +1600 (16/1) neighborhood at that point, is now at +1200 (12/1) at 888Sport. He has also had an incredible start to the season with four Top 10s and a win in six events.

The 38-year-old had just eight Top 10s in his entire 2017 campaign but now has posted 11 in his last 15 starts dating back to last season.

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