The Masters: Rejuvenated Tiger tops the betting board
They've been playing tournaments for three months now but the 2013 professional golf season really gets started this weekend, with the playing of the 77th edition of the Masters, at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
Before the field of 93 tees it up on Thursday golf bettors might want to check out the myriad ways they can bet on the Masters, outside of just getting in the pool down at the local watering hole.
As one might expect several of the usual suspects lead the betting on most Masters boards. But there is plenty to choose from, at tempting prices.
Some guy named "Tiger" Woods is the favorite at most golf betting shops to win the Masters this weekend, at odds of right around 7/2. Woods has won the Masters four times previously and has three victories in just five starts so far this year. But he also hasn't added to his collection of Major titles since he won the US Open back in 2008.
Rory McIlroy, the kid from Northern Ireland who won the PGA Championship last year and the US Open the year before, is the second choice on most Masters boards at right around 10/1. McIlroy is also remembered for shooting 80 on Sunday at the Masters two years ago to blow a four-shot lead.
Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters champion already, is the next choice on most Masters betting lists at 12/1.
Englishman Justin Rose, questing for his first Major championship, is getting upwards of 20/1 to claim the green jacket Sunday, as is Keegan Bradley, the PGA champion of two years ago.
Dustin Johnson, also looking for his first Major, is available at upwards of 25/1 to win this weekend. South African Charl Schwartzel, who birdied the last four holes on Sunday to win the Masters two years ago, can also be found at 25/1.
Aussie Adam Scott, who finished tied for second at the Masters a couple years ago but blew the British Open last year, is also priced at 25/1, along with Englishman Lee Westwood, who finished second at Augusta three years ago and tied for third last year.
Elsewhere on Masters betting boards South African Louis Oosthuizen, who lost the Masters in a playoff last year, is getting 30/1; Bubba Watson, who won that playoff, is getting 40/1 to successfully defend, as is former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Matt Kuchar; Luke Donald is listed at upwards of 45/1; and Steve Stricker (from Wisconsin) is getting 50/1.
Finally, 14-year-old Tianlang Guan from China can be found at upwards of 5000/1 to win the Masters his weekend.
Lefties have won five of the last 10 Masters. Along with Phil and Bubba, 2003 Masters champ Mike Weir is getting 1000/1 to win this weekend.
Live television coverage of the first and second rounds of the Masters will be handled by ESPN beginning at 3 pm ET Thursday and Friday. CBS then takes over on the weekend, beginning at 3 pm ET Saturday and 2 pm ET Sunday.