Mon, Mar 12, 11:01am by Head Editor
Three months ago Tiger Woods was $100 to win next month’s US Masters for the fifth time, but after his improved showing at Monday’s (AEDT) Valspar Championship, when he came second by one shot to Englishman Paul Casey, the 14-time major championship winner is into $11 with Sportsbet.
Despite having not won on the USPGA tour since 2013, and not having won at Augusta National since 2005, the 42-year-old is the fourth favourite to claim the green jacket when play gets underway on April 5.
Las Vegas’ Westgate SuperBook have taken more bets on Woods than any other golfer to win the 84th edition of one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments, announcing that 6% of all bets placed on the book’s Masters odds are on Woods to take out the tournament he first won as a 21-year-old, way back in 1997.
In Australia, Sportsbet have World No.1 Dustin Johnson as the favourite at $8.50, while World No.2 Justin Thomas is the equal second pick at $11 alongside another American, World No.4 Jordan Spieth.
The best Aussie hope according to the bookmakers is Jason Day, who’s on the fifth line of betting, at $15, while World No.3, Spain’s Jon Rahm is at $17.
Huge crowds followed Tiger around during his final round at Florida’s Copperhead course on Monday (AEDT), as the veteran aimed to break his 1,680 day drought on the PGA tour. The man who has spent the most consecutive and cumulative weeks atop the world rankings, gave himself a chance to force a playoff with Paul Casey, but couldn’t hole an 11-metre putt on the last hole, which handed Casey his second win on the tour, and the first since the 2009 Houston Open.
Casey has won 13 times on the European Tour and the World No.17 is considered a $26 chance to win his first major at Augusta. The 40-year-old is on the 12th line of betting after Rory Mcilroy ($17), compatriot Justin Rose ($17), Phil Mickelson ($21), Rickie Fowler ($21) and Bubba Watson ($23).
Last year’s winner Sergio Garcia, is at $29 to become the first back-to-back winner since Tiger Woods achieved that feat in 2002.
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