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Early US Masters Odds: Rain forecast which could suit McIlroy

Sun, Apr 2, 1:39pm by Head Editor

It’s Masters week, which means that the eyeballs of both the golfing world and a lot of the non-golfing world, will be fixed on the Augusta National Golf Club in southern American state of Georgia.

This tournament, unlike the other major championships, is held at the same course every year. A course that Tiger Woods has tasted success at four times, but he won’t be adding to that tally this year – withdrawing last week due to his troublesome back.

It will be only the third-time Woods has missed the year’s first major since he first competed at Augusta National in 1995, not teeing up last year or in 2014, he tied for 17th in 2015.

A man who will certainly be teeing up is his compatriot – Dustin Johnson – who this time last year was considered merely one of the best players on Tour without a major victory, entered the Masters with the odds of around $20.

He finished fourth last year and this time around he’s a $7 favourite for the green jacket. Since his fourth-place finish at this event last year, he’s been unstoppable, winning his first major – the US Open – and finishing in the top 12 in 15 different tournaments.

He’s up to No. 1 in the world, he’s the first player since 1976 to enter the Masters off three consecutive PGA Tour wins (two of which came at huge WGC events), and he’ll be hard to beat.

A man who would be very pleased with the forecast of rain for both the first two days of play, is Rory McIlroy. Of the four majors that the Northern Irishman he captured so far in his career, each has experienced a lot of rain and weather delays during the four days.

The $9 for him looks value given the amount of rain that has already drenched the course, and with plenty more forecast. His towering iron shots into soft greens will also offer an advantage in terms of control while – perhaps most importantly – wet greens break less.

Just ahead of McIlory in betting is 2015 Champion – Jordan Spieth – at $8. If he is to win though, he’ll have to banish the demons of last year, when he crumbled in the final round, after leading by five shots with only nine holes to play in the final round, handing the win to England’s Danny Willett.

It hasn’t been an easy 12 months for the 29-year-old since his win that day though, with the Yorkshireman’s best result in that period a second in September’s Italian Open. He’s a $101 chance to become the first back-to-back winner since Tiger Woods in 2002.

Onto the Aussie contingent, and with world No.3 Jason Day uncertain to play as his mother Dening recovers from breast cancer treatment, Adam Scott looms as the most likely man from down under to salute on Monday morning (AEDT).

Scott is a $26 chance to win his second green jacket, after ending Australian fans torture, when he holed the putt – in a playoff against Argentinian Angel Cabrera – to become the first man from this country to win this prestigious event – back in 2013.

World number four Hideki Matsuyama is a $19 chance and is coming in on the back of some good form, he’s won two PGA tour events – the Phoenix Open and the HSBC Champions while also saluting in the Hero World Challenge in December.

Stay tuned to as we count down towards the first major of 2017.

US Masters- Outright Betting odds (Sportsbet):

Johnson, Dustin $7

Spieth, Jordan $8

McIlroy, Rory $9

Matsuyama, Hideki $19

Day, Jason $21

Fowler, Rickie $23

Rose, Justin $26

Scott, Adam $26

Rahm, Jon $26

Mickelson, Phil $26

Stenson, Henrik $29

Watson, Bubba $31

Thomas, Justin $31

Casey, Paul $41

Garcia, Sergio $41

Leishman, Marc $46

Oosthuizen, Louis $51

Hatton, Tyrrell $51

Snedeker, Brandt $51

Koepka, Brooks $61

Pieters, Thomas $61

Reed, Patrick $61

Fitzpatrick, Matthew $61

Kuchar, Matt $67

Schwartzel, Charl $71

Walker, Jimmy $71

Fleetwood, Tommy $81

Westwood, Lee $81

Berger, Daniel $81

Hadwin, Adam $81

Woodland, Gary $91

Holmes, JB $91

Kisner, Kevin $91

Haas, Bill $91

Willett, Danny $101

Grillo, Emiliano $101

Kjeldsen, Soren $101

Grace, Branden $101

Fisher, Ross $101

Lowry, Shane $101

Noren, Alexander $101

Cabrera Bello, Rafael $101

Johnson, Zach $101

Hoffman, Charley $101

Wiesberger, Bernd $126

Furyk, Jim $151

Dufner, Jason $151

Kaymer, Martin $151

An, Byeong Hun $151

Moore, Ryan $151

Perez, Pat $151

Molinari, Francesco $151

Vegas, Jhonattan $176

Steele, Brendan $176

Knox, Russell $176

Na, Kevin $176

Chappell, Kevin $176

Wang, Jeung-Hun $176

Piercy, Scott $201

Simpson, Webb $201

Kang, Sung $201

Sullivan, Andy $201

Cabrera, Angel $201

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