The golf season really gets going when the best players in the world travel to Augusta National for the 2018 Masters. The first major tournament of the season has had odds on the board since last summer, and they’ve been shaken up with the recent return to form of four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods.
Here are the oddsmakers’ front runners from the sportsbook news section for the Green Jacket when the tournament tees off on April 5.
Tiger Woods +900
Yep, Tiger is the favorite to win this year’s Masters. A combo of solid play and public money – more the latter – has moved Woods all the way from 100/1 to win his fifth tournament title at Augusta. Tiger has taken a very slow road back to form, and has looked great in his 2018 appearances.
He finished 12th at the Honda Classic, putting the golf world on notice, then followed that with a runner-up at the Valspar Championship and a fifth-place showing at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in mid-March.
For those of you buying into the second coming of Eldrick Tont Woods, you may want to scoop up this price now. For those of you not sold on Tiger’s comeback, you can thank him for skewing the price on some of the other top players in the field.
Dustin Johnson +1,000
Johnson has some added motivation heading into the 2018 Masters after missing last year’s event due to an accident just days before the tournament. He wasn’t quite the same after that and didn’t look great in the other three majors, save for a 13th-place finish in the PGA Championship.
D.J. is back on the horse in 2018, with a win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and a pair of second-place showings already. Recently, Johnson placed 16th at the Genesis Open and seventh at the WGC Mexico Championship. He’s crushing the ball and is already known as one of the best short-game players on tour, ranked tops in putting average at 1.655 this year.
His best showing in the Masters was a T4 finish in 2016, which came after a T6 in 2015. If he can keep that momentum going, and get over is missed chance at Augusta in 2017, this year could be Johnson’s to don the Green Jacket. He opened 8/1 but with Woods’ rise up the board, golf bettors are getting a solid 10/1 return on D.J. this April.
Rory McIlroy +1,000
The Irishman is missing just one major championship from his trophy case: a Masters win. McIlroy started the season slow, coming off a rib injury in 2017 and some health concerns with his heart. However, he woke up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a huge victory – including a final-round 64 which proves there’s nothing wrong with Rory’s nerves.
His best showing at Augusta was a fourth-place finish in 2015, and he’s placed inside the Top 10 in four straight starts at the Masters, including a T7 in 2017 and a T10 in 2016. McIlroy has struggled with the pressure of the Masters in the past, especially a slippery slope in the back nine. But he has the momentum after snapping an 18-month winless drought at the Arnold Palmer.
Justin Rose +1,200
Can Rose avoid the ghosts of Augusta past at the 2018 Masters? The Englishman fell to Sergio Garcia in a playoff last April, finishing second, and posted a T2 runner-up at the 2015 tournament. Rose has finished inside the Top 25 on the leaderboard in eight straight appearances at the Masters and rolls into 2018 with five Top-10 finishes so far this year. Rose opened 20/1 way back in August 2017 and is down to 12/1 thanks to that recent play and past success.