The 2017 Masters unfolds this week at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. It promises to be one of golf’s greatest weeks, just like it is every year.
The betting favorite at 5/1 is world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who won his first career major at last summer’s U.S. Open at Oakmont. Jordan Spieth follows him at 7/1, a year after he collapsed on Sunday at Augusta and two years after he didn’t. Rory McIlroy is next at 8/1, as he tries to win the only major tournament he’s never won. McIlroy’s best finish at Augusta so far is a fourth-place nod in 2015. He has his own demons at this course, having had a late failure in 2011 that was similar to Spieth’s last year.
After Johnson, Spieth, and McIlroy, there’s a sizable gap before the rest of the field. World No. 3 Jason Day is at 15/1, seeking to add a second major to go with his PGA Championship title from 2015. Day performed well in last year’s majors, finishing in the top 10 in three of four and second in the PGA. But he has not been excellent so far in 2017, without a top-10 finish in any of his six starts. That’s why Day’s a cut below Johnson, Spieth, and McIlroy, though he’s still up on everyone else.
There’s a cluster of players facing 20/1 odds: Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson, and Jon Rahm.
Fowler had four major top-fives in 2014 but has struggled badly in them for the last two years. A tie for 12th at Augusta in 2015 is the best he’s done since then, and he missed the cut there last year. It’d be exciting to see Fowler get over the hump.
Rahm, a 22-year-old Spaniard who played at Arizona State, has a Farmers Insurance Open win and five top-10 finishes in 10 events this year. He’s an exciting name to keep an eye on. This is Rahm’s first time in the Masters, but it’s not hard to imagine him making a charge. It’s fun when a young player gets on a great run at Augusta, and Rahm probably has a better chance to be that guy than anyone except Spieth.
The world’s No. 775 player, Tiger Woods, will not participate. A back injury will keep Woods out of the tournament on the 20th anniversary of his legendary 1997 win at Augusta. He was unlikely to be a factor, but it’s nonetheless a shame he’s not there.
Here are your updated odds for The Masters at the top of the week, via GolfOdds.com andc of the Las Vegas SuperBook:
2017 Early Masters Odds
|Player||Odds to Win The Masters|
|Rafael Cabrera Bello||100/1|
|Byeong Hun An||150/1|
|Billy Hurley III||500/1|
|Si Woo Kim||500/1|
|Jose Maria Olazabal||1000/1|