UPDATE: Tiger Woods will miss his first Masters in twenty years. Tiger underwent back surgery earlier this week for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for several months, the world’s No. 1 player said Tuesday on his website.
See the updated Master’s betting odds here.
Though the PGA season is already in full swing somewhere across the globe, most gamblers don’t bother tuning in until people start chatting about the 2014 Masters Tournament free picks. So let’s get the conversation started early, shall we? The 2014 Masters is slated for April 10-14 at Augusta National Gold Club in Georgia as usual. And as expected, the regular big names are already piling up at the top of the golf sports betting board.
It should come as no surprise to anyone who scans these markets frequently that Tiger Woods is the current favorite at +570. No matter how he’s playing, Tiger is always a relatively heavy favorite as long as he’s in action. The reason we can’t ignore him in 2014 Masters Tournament free picks is simple: he’s consistently great at this tournament. Aside from a 40th place finish in 2012, Woods has finished no lower than 6th at Augusta since winning his last green jacket in 2005. It’s important to keep in mind that Tiger is still one of the best golfers in the sport. He’s consistently in the hunt, and was the highest earner in the 2013 PGA Tour. We have different expectations of Tiger compared to everyone else. He’s not a bad bet at all, especially compared to the next guy.
Just in case you were wondering what state Tiger’s game is in, check out the most memorable moment from Friday’s Cadillac Championship at Doral (Fla.), Tiger dropping a remarkable putt from nearly 92 feet out.
The second favorite to win the 2014 Masters Tournament is none other than Rory McIlroy. It’s almost astonishing that McIlroy would have +660 odds considering how his 2013 campaign went. At the Masters last year, McIlroy finished a dismal 25th. He won zero tournaments, finished second just once and was 41st on the money list. I know that he’s an exciting prodigy, but he’s also abysmal at the Masters, having never cracked the top-10. I wouldn’t bother here with Rory unless you know something the rest of us don’t. McIlroy, in my opinion, still has a long way to go.
As you can see, the top two bets on the 2014 Masters Tournament board aren’t the sturdiest plays in the world and after them it gets wild and crazy. Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott share +1650 odds and are perhaps the two best bets out there in terms of value. Henrick Stenson boasts +2200 odds, while Australian favorite Jason Day has +2500 odds. Dustin Johnson rounds out the top seven with +2700 odds.
The fun part about PGA betting is that anything can happen. Adam Scott won the 2013 Masters Tournament in a playoff against the chain smoking delight that is Angel Cabrera, a former winner in his own right. In 2012, Bubba Watson came out of nowhere to win the tournament as well. So which golfers are due for a breakout performance?
It’s too early to say right now but if you’re looking for a great value pick, I don’t see how you can turn a blind eye on Adam Scott. There hasn’t been a successful defense of the green jacket since Tiger accomplished that feat in 2001 and 2002. Scott is coming off an amazing 2013 season. At +1650, he is a very strong value play and this number won’t get any better which is why I’m making Adam Scott my early 2014 Master Tournament free pick special.