The current 2019 Masters odds paint a very clear picture: Tiger Woods has reclaimed his place among the best golfers in the world.
As long as Woods is relevant (and don’t be fooled, he is), “Tiger mania” will skew the Vegas odds for any tournament he choose to compete in. That is clearly the case here.
Woods had impressive moments in 2018, none more so than his victory at the Tour Championship, but to consider him the odds-on favorite — over guys like Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Justin Rose — to take home the 2019 Green Jacket is, with all due respect, downright laughable.
On that note, nothing would make me happier than to see Woods win for the fifth time at Augusta National (and nothing would be better for the sport of golf) this April.
With that being said, here is a look at the current odds to win the 2019 Masters.
Odds courtesy of Bovada as of February 6, 2018.
Rory McIlroy (+1200)
Simply put: When McIlroy is playing his best golf, he rarely loses.
A win at the Masters will complete the 29-year-old’s career grand slam, but it will require a complete four-round performance. Is it doable? Absolutely.
Justin Rose (+1200)
Rose, the current No. 1 golfer in the world, is still in search of his first win at Augusta. He came dangerously close (and probably should have won) in 2017, but it simply wasn’t in the cards.
The 38-year-old Englishman has already won in 2019 (at the Farmers Insurance Open), and he has a lengthy history of success at the Masters (his last four finishes were T2, 10, 2, and T12).
All said, it’s hard not to view Rose as the man to beat at the 2019 Masters.
Jordan Spieth (+1200)
Spieth hasn’t been playing particularly well as of late, but his history at Augusta National speaks for itself. The 25-year-old has five career Masters appearances, and he his worst finish was a T11 in 2017.
One quick look at Spieth’s Masters resume will explain why the Vegas oddsmakers like his chances in 2019:
- 2014: T2
- 2015: Win
- 2016: T2
- 2017: T11
- 2018: 3
Despite his recent struggles, I would not be at all surprised to see Spieth’s name atop the leaderboard during the final round of play.
Dustin Johnson (+1200)
On paper, Johnson has the perfect skillset to win at Augusta. Yet, for one reason or another, the 2016 PGA Tour Player of the Year is still without a Green Jacket in his closet.
Johnson’s last three appearances (he missed the 2017 Masters after suffering a freak injury days before the tournament was set to open) have resulted in T6, T4, and T10.
If he puts together four solid rounds, Johnson will finish near the top of the leaderboard. And if he truly plays well (by his standards), this could be the year Johnson finally wins at Augusta.
Tiger Woods (+1100)
Woods went on a tear to close out the 2018 PGA Tour season after his disappointing missed cut at the 2018 U.S. Open. Over that stretch of time, the 14-time major winner notched five top-10 and three top-5 finishes; he was runner-up at the PGA Championship; and of course, he won the Tour Championship.
With four Green Jackets already in his closet, it’s clear that Woods’ skillset is a great match for Augusta. More importantly, though, his track record proves that he knows how to close out a win on one of the biggest stages in all of professional sports.
All things considered, I don’t love the risk/reward potential here. But if you’re a casual fan who wants to put your money behind Tiger, this may be the best odds you will get. With money expected to pour in on Tiger bets, sportsbooks around the world will respond in kind by moving the lines to protect their bottom line.
Other notable names to watch:
- Brooks Koepka (+1400)
- Justin Thomas (+1400)
- Bryson Dechambeau (+1600)
- Jon Rahm (+1600)
- Rickie Fowler (+1600)
- Bubba Watson (+2500)
- Jason Day (+2500)
- Tony Finau (+2800)
- Adam Scott (+3300)
- Hideki Matsuyama (+3300)
- Xander Schauffele (+3300)
- Tommy Fleetwood (+3300)
- Patrick Reed (+3300)