Masters odds 2014: Rory McIlroy edges Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson as Augusta favorite

Andrew Redington

Tiger is absent for the first time in 20 years, opening up a new spot for a betting favorite at the Masters.

After months of waiting and counting down, now that the drama of the Houston Open is finished, it's officially Masters week. Let's pause a moment to celebrate this fact and enjoy a little dance, courtesy of Zach Johnson's caddie at last year's Masters:

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Yes, it has arrived. Play that treacly theme music, prepare for azalea envy, and settle in for the week at Augusta National.

It will be hard to top last year's Masters, the combination of 14-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan making the cut after a dramatic slow-play penalty, the "Tiger droppings" mess, and the Sunday playoff between Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera. The entire four-days were manic last year, and we've already  lost world No. 1 Tiger Woods this year, the first time since 1994 that we'll have a Masters without him.

So with no Tiger, who's the favorite at the top of Masters week? It's his Nike stablemate, Rory McIlroy. Oddsmakers set the favorites based on who will draw the most betting, and Woods, no matter the tournament or his form at the time, is always the favorite in any event he enters. He draws the most action.

McIlroy has assumed the "next Tiger" mantle over the past few years, and has emerged as the game's likely next great champion. He already has two majors at the age of 24, and he comes to Augusta with his game in much better shape than it was a year ago. McIlroy has contended in almost every event he's played in the first quarter of this year, and should probably have two wins (Abu Dhabi & Honda Classic). His putter looked solid on Sunday too, as he fired a final round 65 at the Shell Houston Open to match the best round of the week there.

It all easily adds up to Rory being the favorite, with defending champ Adam Scott and three-time winner Phil Mickelson right behind him. At the start of the week, here are the odds for the 2014 Masters, via Bovada:

Player Odds
Rory McIlroy 7/1
Adam Scott 9/1
Phil Mickelson 12/1
Jason Day 14/1
Dustin Johnson 16/1
Matt Kuchar 16/1
Henrik Stenson 18/1
Bubba Watson 20/1
Justin Rose 25/1
Sergio Garcia 25/1
Zach Johnson 25/1
Brandt Snedeker 28/1
Jordan Spieth 28/1
Keegan Bradley 28/1
Charl Schwartzel 40/1
Hunter Mahan 40/1
Jason Dufner 40/1
Lee Westwood 40/1
Angel Cabrera 50/1
Graeme McDowell 50/1
Harris English 50/1
Ian Poulter 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen 50/1
Luke Donald 50/1
Patrick Reed 50/1
Jimmy Walker 55/1
Graham DeLaet 66/1
Hideki Matsuyama 66/1
Jim Furyk 66/1
Rickie Fowler 66/1
Webb Simpson 66/1
Bill Haas 80/1
Gary Woodland 80/1
Nick Watney 80/1
Ryan Moore 80/1
Steve Stricker 80/1
Victor Dubuisson 80/1
Jamie Donaldson 100/1
K.J. Choi 100/1
Marc Leishman 100/1
Thorbjørn Olesen 100/1
Billy Horschel 125/1
Ernie Els 125/1
Francesco Molinari 125/1
Martin Kaymer 125/1
Matt Every 125/1
Matteo Manassero 125/1
Peter Hanson 125/1
Branden Grace 150/1
Chris Kirk 150/1
Fred Couples 150/1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 150/1
John Senden 150/1
Martin Laird 150/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 150/1
Padraig Harrington 150/1
Russell Henley 150/1
Scott Stallings 150/1
Thomas Bjorn 150/1
Trevor Immelman 150/1
Brendon de Jonge 200/1
Jonas Blixt 200/1
Joost Luiten 200/1
Kevin Stadler 200/1
Kevin Streelman 200/1
Roberto Castro 200/1
Sang-Moon Bae 200/1
Tim Clark 200/1
David Lynn 250/1
John Huh 250/1
Marcel Siem 250/1
Stewart Cink 250/1
Thongchai Jaidee 250/1
Vijay Singh 250/1
Y.E. Yang 250/1
Boo Weekley 300/1
D.A. Points 300/1
Lucas Glover 300/1
Steven Bowditch 300/1
Darren Clarke 400/1
Ken Duke 400/1
Bernhard Langer 500/1
Mike Weir 500/1
Chang Woo Lee 750/1
Derek Ernst 750/1
Garrick Porteous 750/1
Jordan Niebrugge 750/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 750/1
Michael McCoy 750/1
Oliver Goss 750/1
Ben Crenshaw 1000/1
Craig Stadler 1000/1
Ian Woosnam 1000/1
Jose Maria Olazabal 1000/1
Mark O'Meara 1000/1
Tom Watson 1000/1
Larry Mize 2000/1
Sandy Lyle 2000/1

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