2014 Masters odds: Adam Scott new solo favorite, edging Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy

David Cannon

The last two Masters champions are now the 1-2 favorites at Augusta.

After 18 holes, Adam Scott is still the favorite at the 2014 Masters. Scott started the week as a co-favorite with Rory McIlroy, both listed at 10/1. But the defending champ's perch one shot off the lead at 3-under has pushed him into a position as sole favorite. Scott is now 11/2, and the way his game looked on Thursday, it's likely he stays in that spot on top when we hit the 36 hole mark. Scott had just one hiccup in his round, a double bogey off a water ball at Rae's Creek on No. 12. Other than that, he poured in five birdies on the way to an impressive round of 69.

Following the Aussie is McIlroy and Bubba Watson, who are both now 8/1. Rory played well enough on Thursday and is in fine position, finishing at 1-under. McIlroy's game is in a totally different spot from last year, when he was struggling to make cuts and even finish tournaments while a spate of off-the-course disruptions and adapting to new equipment bogged him down. Now he's back to contending in most of the events he enters, and his game is suited for Augusta with his high ball and ability to easily work it right to left.

Bubba is another player back to world-class form, adding a win and two second-place finishes in the first quarter of this year. Riviera was his first win since that 2012 Masters victory, ending a fairly long and frustrating stretch for Watson. After getting that first major, he seemed to cruise (understandably) a bit, cuddling up with his green jacket and not worrying about winning again right away. Now he's clearly trending in the right direction, playing at a place where's comfortable, and on a course that seems to favor lefties. Bubba was flawless on Thursday, rolling in three birdies, two on the easy par-5s, and not carding a single bogey. For my money, he's the best choice out of these top three guys.

The current leader, Bill Haas, has the 5th-lowest odds at 16/1. Haas has long been one of the steadier players in the world, and it's a bit of a surprise he hasn't popped up more at the top of leaderboards at the majors in the last four or five years. He's got the family history and familiarity with Augusta, but it's hard for me to see him holding off some of the guys around him. On a less distinguished leaderboard with no Adam, Rory, or Bubba, I'd take him in a second but there's 54 holes to play and it will be tough for him to keep shooting in the 60s.

Here are your updated odds with three more rounds to go: (via Bovada)

Player Odds
Adam Scott 11/2
Bubba Watson 8/1
Rory McIlroy 8/1
Louis Oosthuizen 14/1
Bill Haas 16/1
Brandt Snedeker 18/1
Matt Kuchar 22/1
Jimmy Walker 25/1
Gary Woodland 28/1
Henrik Stenson 33/1
Jordan Spieth 33/1
Lee Westwood 33/1
Marc Leishman 33/1
Rickie Fowler 33/1
K.J. Choi 40/1
Phil Mickelson 40/1
Sergio Garcia 40/1
Charl Schwartzel 50/1
Graeme McDowell 50/1
Jason Day 50/1
Francesco Molinari 66/1
Fred Couples 66/1
Kevin Stadler 66/1
Patrick Reed 66/1
Steve Stricker 66/1
Harris English 80/1
Hunter Mahan 80/1
Jonas Blixt 80/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 80/1
Stephen Gallacher 80/1
Matteo Manassero 100/1
Nick Watney 100/1
Jamie Donaldson 125/1
Keegan Bradley 125/1
Victor Dubuisson 125/1
Dustin Johnson 150/1
Jim Furyk 150/1
Justin Rose 150/1
Russell Henley 150/1
Webb Simpson 150/1
John Senden 175/1
Ernie Els 200/1
Kevin Streelman 200/1
Sang-Moon Bae 200/1
Thomas Bjorn 200/1
Bernhard Langer 250/1
Ian Poulter 250/1
Matt Jones 250/1
Stewart Cink 250/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 250/1
Ryan Moore 300/1
Thongchai Jaidee 300/1
Boo Weekley 400/1
Billy Horschel 500/1
Brendon De Jonge 500/1
Chris Kirk 500/1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 500/1
Joost Luiten 500/1
Martin Kaymer 500/1
Roberto Castro 500/1
Steven Bowditch 500/1
Darren Clarke 750/1
John Huh 750/1
Scott Stallings 750/1
Vijay Singh 750/1
Jose Maria Olazabal 1000/1
Larry Mize 1000/1
Mike Weir 1000/1

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