The 2018 Masters odds board is one of the most unbelievable stories we’ve ever seen in North American sports betting. Once ranked 668th in the Official World Golf Rankings and a 100-1 longshot to win at Augusta, Tiger Woods enters this year’s tournament as one of the favorites. At 12-1, books have had no choice but to move Tiger near the top of the odds board –with only Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas listed ahead of him at 10-1. Books have had no choice because the money hasn’t stopped flooding in on Woods.
Jeff Sherman from the Westgate’s Super Book in Las Vegas reports that bettors have lined up to place more wagers on Woods than any other player. Sherman also said this has been the most anticipated Masters he’s ever seen in his 25 years in the betting industry. Don’t be surprised if we see more money bet on this Masters than any tournament in golf history. In all, 10 players are listed at shorter than 20-1 to win the Masters.
But be careful. Of the 50-plus players facing those odds in the last ten years, only two went on to win the Masters: Jordan Spieth in 2015 and Phil Mickelson in 2010. So how about those longer shots?
Well, there’s Paul Casey at 20-1 – He finished in the top 6 here in each of the last four Masters. He also won at the Valspar a few weeks ago. Hideki Matsuyama could be a popular pick at 30-1. He has the third-most top 5 finishes in majors since 2015 with four. He also finished in the top 11 at baccarat game Australia in each of the last three years.
Former champs tend to get a look from bettors too and the payoff is big if one of them should win. Recent green jacket winners like Adam Scott 60-1, Danny Willet 500-1, Charl Schwartzel 100-1, Angel Cabrera 500-1 and Trevor Immelman 2000-1 all sit between 60-1 and 2000-1. And don’t forget about Sergio. Last year’s Masters champion sits at 30-1. Pretty tempting odds considering he quietly leads the Tour in stroke average this season.
No player has repeated here since Tiger did it in 2001 and 2002, which is largely why he’s not listed among the faves. So who’s going to win it this year? Well, I hate to be a chalkeater but I really think it’s gonna be one of the big boys. Gimme Rose at 12-1. He’s fourth in scoring average this season and fifth in strokes-gained putting.
I’ll also take Bubba at 16-1 and Casey at 20-1. Good luck with your picks this Masters. I’m Jonny OddsShark, helping you bet with bite.