Masters odds 2014: The most interesting prop bets heading into Augusta

Scott Halleran

Rory McIlroy is currently the betting favorite to win the 2014 Masters, but you can bet on much more than who will win the green jacket. Here are a few interesting prop bets.

From the result of the next pitch to how long it takes to sing the national anthem, you can bet on essentially everything related to sports. That is also the case for the upcoming Masters Tournament where oddmakers have created odds for much more than who will win.

Online oddsmaker Bovada is one of the many entities offering Masters prop bets. Their list of props ranges from whether or not there will be a hole-in-one to how individual players will score on their opening hole. Here are some of the more interesting prop bets available.

First hole score

Have a good inclination of how Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott or Rory McIlroy will start the tournament? Well, you can bet on it with individual odds for each player. All three were given the same odds. An opening par is 4/9, a birdie or better 7/2 and a bogey or worse 4/1. The interesting thing here is you won't know whether the players will start on the front or back nine until tee times are released on Tuesday. Historically No. 10 is the hardest hole at Augusta while No. 1 is the sixth-hardest. The difficulty might make the bogey or worse an attractive gamble at 4/1. Last year, No. 1 played as the second-hardest hole while No. 10 was eighth. The two holes combined to yield 60 birdies out of 616 attempts. Based on the percentages, par is the most likely with  the 2013 field combining to par No. 1 and No. 10 60 percent of the time.

Hole-in-one

When it comes to holes-in-one props, you can bet on either individual players or take the field. McIlroy, Scott, Mickelson and Jason Day are among the players you can bet to make a hole-in-one. A yes bet on each player pays out 100/1 odds. You can also take the field, with yes having 10/13 odds and no sitting at 1/1. There have been 24 holes-in-one during Masters play, including three in the last two years. If you do bet this prop, keep a close eye on No. 16. Of the 24 holes-in-one at Augusta, 15 occurred at No. 16.

Course record

Nick Price set the current Masters scoring record in 1986 when he shot a 63. Greg Norman tied the record 10 years later and if you think someone will better it this year, you can get 8/1 odds. Considering how unlikely a 62 is, those odds don't seem nearly high enough. Few have even threatened the course record in recent years with Bo Van Pelt in 2012 and Jason Day in 2011 coming the closest. Both shot a 64.

Playoff?

In the 77-year history of the Masters, the tournament went to a playoff 16 times. A correct yes bet will pay off at 5/2 odds while no pays out 2/7 odds. Although playoffs are historically rare, they have been more frequent in recent years. Each of the last two Masters Tournaments were decided in extra holes. The tournament went to a playoff four times since 2005.

Lefty or Righty?

You can bet on individual players to win, or you can group a few players by handedness and increase your odds. A bet that a left-handed player will win pays out 10/1. The field will be predominantly right-handed and realistically, a bet on a left-handed player winning is lumping Mickelson and Bubba Watson together. Mike Weir is another notable left-hander in the field.

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