It's highly unlikely much will change during the next two days in handicapping The Masters, as Tiger Woods will remain a heavy favorite until the first ball is struck on Thursday morning. Woods enters the week in his best form since he last won a major in 2008, ascending back to No. 1 in the world last month with a his sixth win in his past 20 events. Tiger is always the favorite to win any tournament he enters, but at Augusta, where he already has four victories, there's even greater distance between Woods and the other favorites. And given his recent stretch of play, he stands alone again this week with ridiculous 3/1 odds.
While nearly half the field is made up of American players, several international stars have some of the lowest odds early in the week. Rory McIlroy, despite his struggles this season, remains second to Woods at 8/1. Rory finished second at the Valero Texas Open last week, a late addition to his schedule as he worked to get more reps and back on track in advance of Augusta. But given his play since the start of the season, and his switch to Nike, Rory's not a great bet this year. Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen, and Adam Scott are three other internationals with lower odds who are more likely than Rory to win the green jacket on Sunday.
The story of the day on Monday was 14-year old Chinese amateur Tianlang Guan, who played two practice rounds -- a morning session with Ben Crenshaw, and an afternoon stroll with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson. Guan qualified for the event by winning the Asian-Pacific Amateur, becoming the youngest competitor to ever play in The Masters. But Guan, as you'd expect, is the longest of longshots this week, carrying 3000/1 odds. Only old-timers Crenshaw, Larry Mize, and Sandy Lyle have higher odds. Here are the odds for the field, courtesy of Bovada:
|Bo Van Pelt||100/1|
|Ted Potter Jr.||500/1|
|Jose Maria Olazabal||600/1|
|Alan Dunbar (a)||2000/1|