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2018 Masters odds: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy among favorites at Augusta

Too many of the top ranked players are playing their best and the Masters has a traffic jam at the top.

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Tiger Woods is back to being a favorite at Augusta National.
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Masters week begins with a rare foursome of favorites to win the green jacket. That group may break up by the time the first tee shots are in the air on Thursday morning, but we’re at least starting the week with some traffic at the very top. We’ve seen co-favorites, and even sometimes three players with the same odds at the top, but four indicates just how deep the game is right now and how so many of the top ranked players are playing their best coming into the men’s first major of 2018.

If you’ve watched any golf in recent years, three of the four favorites should come as no surprise. Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, and Rory McIlroy have all won majors or been near the very top of the world rankings or both. They all also have wins already on the PGA Tour this year. It’s the fourth name added to this group that has taken the anticipation of this 2018 Masters to a different stratosphere.

Tiger Woods is a co-favorite to win the green jacket at 10/1. It’s a statement that would seem incomprehensible just two months ago. It’s still surreal to type, but Tiger is back to competitiveness and has a real shot to win at Augusta National for a fifth time. We’ll explore the why and how he’s back to having a chance throughout the week, but it’s a legitimate one given when we’ve seen this year in his five starts on the PGA Tour.

Now, should Tiger have a 10/1 shot to win? The answer is probably not but the amount of money that’s come rushing in on Woods this year forces the oddsmakers hands. He is, far and away, the most popular player so there’s a lot of liability for the books when all that money from so many people comes rushing through. It’s not necessarily a reflection of how good a chance they think Tiger has to win, but just an adequate number that reflects the public money and a protection of themselves.

Jim Nantz has said it’s the most anticipated Masters of his lifetime. Nantz can be prone to hyping or waxing poetic but he’s not out of bounds here. Everyone is playing well, save for Jordan Spieth, and now even he’s turned it on at the Houston Open, his usual pre-Masters warm-up immediately preceding Augusta.

Rory could become the 6th player to win a career slam. Phil Mickelson, who has also won this year and snapped a five-year drought, could join that ultra-exclusive four-jacket club with Tiger, Jack, and Arnie. There’s so much to look forward to, with Tiger there as the anchor of it all.

Via Jeff Sherman of golfodds and the Las Vegas SuperBook, here are your odds to win the Masters at the top of the week:

  • Dustin Johnson 10/1
  • Rory McIlroy 10/1
  • Justin Thomas 10/1
  • Tiger Woods 10/1
  • Jordan Spieth 12/1
  • Justin Rose 12/1
  • Bubba Watson 14/1
  • Jason Day 16/1
  • Phil Mickelson 16/1
  • Rickie Fowler 18/1
  • Jon Rahm 18/1
  • Sergio Garcia 25/1
  • Paul Casey 25/1
  • Hideki Matsuyama 30/1
  • Patrick Reed 30/1
  • Tommy Fleetwood 30/1
  • Henrik Stenson 40/1
  • Marc Leishman 40/1
  • Alex Noren 40/1
  • Matt Kuchar 50/1
  • Louis Oosthuizen 50/1
  • Adam Scott 60/1
  • Thomas Pieters 60/1
  • Kevin Kisner 80/1
  • Charley Hoffman 80/1
  • Bryson DeChambeau 80/1
  • Xander Schauffele 80/1
  • Tony Finau 80/1
  • Brian Harman 80/1
  • Tyrrell Hatton 80/1
  • Charl Schwartzel 100/1
  • Branden Grace 100/1
  • Ryan Moore 100/1
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick 100/1
  • Zach Johnson 100/1
  • Patrick Cantlay 100/1
  • Webb Simpson 100/1
  • Daniel Berger 125/1
  • Russell Henley 125/1
  • Rafael Cabrera Bello 125/1
  • Kevin Chappell 125/1
  • Gary Woodland 125/1
  • Jason Dufner 125/1
  • Pat Perez 125/1
  • Kiradech Aphibarnrat 125/1
  • Jimmy Walker 150/1
  • Adam Hadwin 150/1
  • Brendan Steele 150/1
  • Haotong Li 150/1
  • Cameron Smith 150/1
  • Shubhankar Sharma 150/1
  • Francesco Molinari 200/1
  • Chez Reavie 200/1
  • Martin Kaymer 250/1
  • Si Woo Kim 250/1
  • Billy Horschel 250/1
  • Kyle Stanley 250/1
  • Patton Kizzire 250/1
  • Dylan Frittelli 250/1
  • Bernd Wiesberger 300/1
  • Ross Fisher 300/1
  • Fred Couples 300/1
  • Jhonattan Vegas 300/1
  • Austin Cook 300/1
  • Danny Willett 500/1
  • Wesley Bryan 500/1
  • Angel Cabrera 500/1
  • Bernhard Langer 500/1
  • Ted Potter, Jr. 500/1
  • Vijay Singh 1000/1
  • Yusaku Miyazato 1000/1
  • Yuta Ikeda 1000/1
  • Joaquin Niemann 1000/1
  • Satoshi Kodaira 1000/1
  • Harry Ellis 2000/1
  • Trevor Immelman 2000/1
  • Mike Weir 2000/1
  • Doug Ghim 2000/1
  • Doc Redman 2000/1
  • Matt Parziale 2000/1
  • Yuxin Lin 2000/1
  • Mark O’Meara 3000/1
  • Jose Maria Olazabal 5000/1
  • Ian Woosnam 5000/1
  • Larry Mize 5000/1
  • Sandy Lyle 5000/1