McIlroy Masters Favorite; Tempting Odds on Other Contenders

By Jake Perper

April 10th, 2019 - 7:30am

The Masters Tournament starts on Thursday at the Augusta National Golf Club.

The biggest PGA Tour golf event will be streamed on both CBS and ESPN and wraps up Sunday.

As of Wednesday, Rory McIlroy is the favorite at +750, according to some top U.S. bookmakers. Dustin Johnson (+1000), Justin Rose (+1200), Tiger Woods (+1400) and Jon Rahm (+1400) are right in the mix.

Here is a look at what lies ahead for the Masters competition.

Is Betting on Rory McIlroy Worth It?

McIlroy’s stock is as high as ever, as his hot start to 2019 includes a TPC victory last month. The golf betting odds are still good enough to take a chance on McIlroy, who at 29 is a household name and one that fans certainly love to watch. He is third in this week’s World Golf Rankings.

There should be a time when he gets over the hump at Augusta National Golf Club. Could this be that year?

Is Tiger Woods the Biggest Threat?

It has been quite a while since Woods has taken home a Masters title. He owns four (1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005). The 43-year-old Woods is 14 years removed from his last green jacket, but despite his age he’s still a threat with 13 top-10 finishes in 21 appearances in the Masters.

Woods can turn up the heat on his competition at any moment. Perhaps this is where we will see Woods step up like he once did regularly.

Dustin Johnson Second in Odds, Rankings

Dustin Johnson is no longer the world’s No. 1 golfer per the Official World Golf Ranking (he fell to second behind Justin Rose this week) but he is still a strong contender.

Johnson has been close as of late in the Masters, finishing 10th a year ago, fourth in 2016 and sixth in 2015. The 34-year-old has two wins this season.

Justin Rose Looking for Big Victory

Rose, 38, has placed in the Top 25 for the past eight years at Augusta National including second-place finishes in 2017 and 2015.

Rose seems poised for a big win in Augusta if he can get over the hump.

Players to Watch in Rest of Masters Field

This year marks Jordan Spieth’s sixth Masters appearance. The 25-year-old has been superb in Augusta: He won in 2015, tied for second in 2014 and 2016 and came in third last year. At +2500, the value is there despite Spieth’s current No. 33 ranking. His history at the Masters makes him worth watching.

Justin Thomas, 25, at +1600, is appearing in just his fourth Masters. His finishes are not that strong (17th in 2018, 22nd in 2017, and 39th in 2016). He might seem like a longshot with his history at Augusta National but he’s ranked fifth and has led the money list the past two years.

Always in the mix, Rickie Fowler comes in at +1600 for the Masters. The 30-year-old was very strong at Augusta last year, finishing a career-best second. He also had a fifth-place finish in 2014. Fowler is ranked ninth in the world.

Other names to keep a close eye on are defending British Open champion Francesco Molinari (+2500) and Paul Casey (+2500).
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Jake Perper

Jake Perper covers gambling news for He has been a sports writer for a decade, covering every level of sports.

He’s currently the lead scout for Prep Hoops Florida based out of Tampa, Florida and has covered the Chicago Bears for the... Read More

Jake Perper covers gambling news for He has been a sports writer for a decade, covering every level of sports.

He’s currently the lead scout for Prep Hoops Florida...

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