The 78th edition of the Master Tournament will take place April 10th thru 13th at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. The 7,435 yard course will once again be ready to chew up and spit out the world’s best. The current leaders on the board are defending champion Adam Scott and the surging Rory McIlroy who both share +1000 updated 2014 Masters betting odds without Tiger Woods clogging up the market.
If you’re going to back one of the two, Adam Scott simply makes much more sense. However, both golfers should come with a “buyer beware” label. Scott had a near-historic performance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational before imploding on the final day and McIlroy has done nothing to shed the smelly reputation of doing the same after strong opening rounds. To be fair, this is the sport of golf. Anything can happen at any given moment. Scott is the more trustworthy of the two but that’s only if you’re deciding between the top odds holders on the board.
Coming in as a second favorite is none other than Phil Mickelson who owns a +1500 number in the updated 2014 Masters betting odds. Mickelson is a three time champion at this even, and has a chance to move in to illustrious territory if he’s able to win his fourth since only two other players have won it four times. He won the event for the first time a decade ago in 2004, then again in 2006. His most recent victory was in 2010. Since then he’s placed 27th, 3rd and 54th. This is usually a course that favors Lefty to a great degree and his familiarity with Augusta will be worth gambling on.
Jason Day and Dustin Johnson also carry relatively low +1500 odds as co-second favorites as well. Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson carry +2000 odds. If you love attacking golf betting then you’re familiar with three of those names.
The one that might be new to you is Jordan Spieth, a 20-year old rookie of the year (yup they have one in golf too) that is literally the one to watch now that the updated 2014 Masters betting odds are without Tiger Woods. Spieth is a member of the 2013 President’s Cup team, won both the John Deere and Wyndham Championships that year and is ranked 22nd in the world. That last part is important since the rankings are based on the past two years. Spieth began the 2013 campaign ranked 810th. A jump that significant can only be for one reason – he’s really freaking good at golf.
Whether Spieth has the composure and maturity to win out at one of the toughest courses on the planet remains to be seen, but if you’re going to take a shot at anyone with relatively tight odds to win, it might as well be the kid. Who better to take the spotlight away from Tiger than another phenom in the making? Spieth is my favorite bet at the top of the board, but you’re also free to wager on a slew of longshots in the updated 2014 Masters betting odds minus Tiger Woods.