WGC-Accenture Match Play odds: With no Tiger or Phil, Rory McIlroy the betting favorite

Stuart Franklin

Tiger Woods is not in Tucson this week so the oddsmakers tabbed his Nike partner, Rory McIlroy, as the most likely to weave his way through the 64-player bracket.

The WGC-Accenture Match Play lost a lot of steam when Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, and Phil Mickelson all announced they would pass on one of the season's most unique events. They also lost the three players who would have probably had the top odds to win the first WGC event of the year.

Tiger is always the favorite, no matter where he tees it up and regardless of his recent form. Woods is the early favorite for tournaments months away, and usually the overwhelming favorite the week of a major championship. But with no Tiger, Adam, and Phil -- three guys who all would have been No. 1 seeds this week -- who rises to the top as the oddsmakers favorite?

Well, it shouldn't be a surprise that Tiger's Nike stablemate, Rory McIroy, assumes the role as favorite with 12/1 odds to play and win six matches to come on on top of the bracket. Henrik Stenson is the overall No. 1 seed, the highest ranked player in the world, but Rory is the much more public player and his game has been much improved since the end of the 2013 season. A WGC title, particularly in the match play format where he's not been great recently, would be enormous for Rory as he tries to rebound from a disastrous past year.

Right behind Rory are a couple No. 2 seeds in Dustin Johnson and Jason Day, who are both 15/1. A No. 8 seed, Hunter Mahan, is also right at the top at 20/1. While he has a much lower seed than the others, Mahan's track record here -- winner two years ago, runner-up last year -- always makes him dangerous at this event.

We'll be rolling out predictions for each sub-bracket and picks for every match, but here are odds to win it all, via the indispensable @GolfOdds:

Player Odds
Rory McIlroy 12/1
Dustin Johnson 15/1
Jason Day 15/1
Henrik Stenson 20/1
Hunter Mahan 20/1
Jordan Spieth 20/1
Matt Kuchar 20/1
Sergio Garcia 25/1
Bubba Watson 25/1
Webb Simpson 25/1
Justin Rose 25/1
Ian Poulter 30/1
Zach Johnson 30/1
Charl Schwartzel 30/1
Graeme McDowell 30/1
Jimmy Walker 40/1
Graham DeLaet 40/1
Keegan Bradley 40/1
Ryan Moore 40/1
Brandt Snedeker 40/1
Steve Stricker 40/1
Luke Donald 40/1
Jason Dufner 50/1
Harris English 50/1
Hideki Matsuyama 50/1
Bill Haas 50/1
Jim Furyk 50/1
Martin Kaymer 50/1
Lee Westwood 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen 60/1
Nick Watney 60/1
Patrick Reed 60/1
Gary Woodland 60/1
Billy Horschel 80/1
Chris Kirk 80/1
Rickie Fowler 80/1
George Coetzee 80/1
Victor Dubuisson 80/1
Thomas Bjorn 80/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 80/1
Scott Piercy 100/1
Joost Luiten 100/1
Francesco Molinari 100/1
Jamie Donaldson 100/1
Peter Hanson 100/1
Marc Leishman 100/1
Kevin Stadler 100/1
Ernie Els 100/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 125/1

Sadly, 15 players did not get their odds to win it all and were cast into the ignominious "Field" category, which is 9/2.

Jeff Sherman also has the lines for all 32 first round matches at Dove Mountain, if you really want to take a March Madness-level deep dive on this thing.

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