Masters odds: Tiger Woods still favored, Tianlang Guan the longest shot

Mike Ehrmann

Tiger remains the favorite, while Dustin Johnson moves up to No. 2.

There are 18 holes in the books, but Tiger Woods is still the overwhelming favorite to win the 2013 Masters, despite a four-shot deficit after the first round. According to Bovada, Tiger is still a 3/1 favorite, the same odds he carried on Monday morning at the start of Masters week. It's not surprising, given that Woods did have a solid round and is still in fine position to win a fifth green jacket, and maybe even have the lead by the start of the weekend.

The player with the second-lowest odds is also not the current leader, as Dustin Johnson now comes in at 7/1 with 54 holes left to play. Johnson is the most talented young American player on Tour, but he's made several mental errors that have cost him at the majors in his young career. Augusta has never been kind to DJ, but he carded his personal best round of 67 on Thursday and was bombing it off the tee -- the biggest asset of his game. In particular, his drive up and over the trees at No. 13 left him with a 9-iron into the par-5, which he finished with an eagle. If Dustin keeps making his way around the course like that, then these low odds will be justified.

Sergio Garcia, your 18-hole leader at 6-under, is listed behind Johnson at 9/1. It was one year ago that Garcia walked off Augusta on Sunday muttering to the press that he didn't think he was capable of winning a major. After his impressive round on Thursday, Sergio reiterated his discomfort with the course but started talking about the "mental strength" to get through it. That's not exactly a good sign for player who always seems to have a tenuous grip on the lead at the majors.

Rory McIlroy, who started the week with the second-lowest odds behind Tiger, is now listed with a large group at 20/1. Rory did not look good on the second nine on Thursday, stumbling into the clubhouse at even-par. Phil Mickelson, who started the week behind only Tiger and Rory, is now at 14/1, the fifth-lowest odds. Phil struggled early on Thursday, but did find his game on the second nine, picking up four birdies in a five-hole stretch. On a damp and soft course tomorrow, he'll go pin-seeking and attempt to make a big charge up the board.

But the story of the opening round was 14-year old Tianlang Guan. The Chinese amateur phenom finished with an impressive 1-over round of 73, drawing the praise of his fellow competitors, including 61-year old playing partner Ben Crenshaw. Guan finished the round in style, sinking a putt from off the green with the flagstick in on No. 18, making birdie to stay inside the cut line. Making the cut seems like a distinct possibility at this point, but what about winning the whole thing at 14 years old? Not likely, Bovada lists him in a group at 1000/1. Here are the complete Bovada odds to win with 54 holes to play:

Player Odds to Win
Tiger Woods 3/1
Dustin Johnson 7/1
Sergio Garcia 9/1
Matt Kuchar 10/1
Adam Scott 14/1
Phil Mickelson 14/1
Justin Rose 16/1
Rickie Fowler 20/1
Rory McIlroy 20/1
Brandt Snedeker 25/1
Lee Westwood 25/1
Charl Schwartzel 33/1
Jim Furyk 33/1
Jason Day 40/1
Luke Donald 40/1
Marc Leishman 40/1
Fred Couples 50/1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 50/1
David Lynn 66/1
K.J. Choi 66/1
Keegan Bradley 66/1
Trevor Immelman 66/1
Zach Johnson 66/1
Bill Haas 80/1
Jason Dufner 80/1
Bo Van Pelt 100/1
Peter Hanson 100/1
Angel Cabrera 125/1
Ernie Els 125/1
Martin Kaymer 125/1
Ryan Moore 125/1
Steve Stricker 125/1
Tim Clark 125/1
Fredrik Jacobson 150/1
Graeme McDowell 150/1
John Huh 150/1
Kevin Na 150/1
Louis Oosthuizen 150/1
Webb Simpson 150/1
Bubba Watson 200/1
David Toms 200/1
Vijay Singh 200/1
Bernhard Langer 250/1
Ian Poulter 250/1
D-A Points 300/1
Russell Henley 300/1
Ryo Ishikawa 300/1
Yong-Eun Yang 300/1
Brian Gay 400/1
Francesco Molinari 500/1
Henrik Stenson 500/1
Hunter Mahan 500/1
Jamie Donaldson 500/1
John Merrick 500/1
John Peterson 500/1
John Senden 500/1
Matteo Manassero 500/1
Michael Thompson 500/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 500/1
Padraig Harrington 500/1
Richard Sterne 500/1
Thomas Bjorn 500/1
Jose Maria Olazabal 1000/1
Lucas Glover 1000/1
Mark O'Meara 1000/1
Mike Weir 1000/1
Nick Watney 1000/1
Paul Lawrie 1000/1
Scott Piercy 1000/1
Stewart Cink 1000/1
Tianlang Guan 1000/1
Larry Mize 2000/1

More Masters from SB Nation:

Remixing the Masters

14-year old Tianlang Guan’s incredible day

Jim Nantz, our nation’s highest-paid tree

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