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Masters: Tiger Woods is huge favorite

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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Tiger Woods heads to Augusta as the betting favorite. (Getty Images)
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We've been tracking Tiger Woods' odds to win the Masters over the last few weeks and we've seen them steadily plummeting since he opened the year as a 5-1 favorite.

Last Monday he got down to as low as 5-2 and it's leveled off from there. But guess what, he's being chased already.

Yes, world No. 2 Rory McIlroy finished second in the Texas Open on Sunday which improved his odds from 9-1 last week to 8-1 this week.

Here's a look at the other favorites (and where they were to open the season):

Tiger Woods: 5-2 (opened at 5-1)
Rory McIlroy: 8-1 (opened at 11-2)
Phil Mickelson: 10-1 (opened at 14-1)
Justin Rose: 20-1 (opened at 20-1)
Charl Schwartzel: 22-1 (opened at 28-1)
Dustin Johnson (25-1) (opened at 22-1)
Lee Westwood (25-1) (opened at 20-1)
Louis Oosthuizen (25-1) (opened at 22-1)
Adam Scott (28-1) (opened at 28-1)
Brandt Snedeker (28-1) (opened at 33-1)
Keegan Bradley (28-1) (opened at 40-1)
Bubba Watson (33-1) (opened at 25-1)
Luke Donald (33-1) (opened at 20-1)
Matt Kuchar (33-1) (opened at 40-1)
Hunter Mahan (40-1) (opened at 40-1)
Ian Poulter (40-1) (opened at 40-1)
Sergio Garcia (40-1) (opened at 40-1)

So your big movers are Woods, Mickelson, Schwartzel, Snedeker, Johnson, and Bradley, all of whom have improved their odds and McIlroy, Watson, and Donald, all golfers whose odds have gotten worse.

I also find it interesting that Woods has widened the gap between him and McIlroy since January given that they both opened at basically the same number.

And a "bang for your buck" pick has to be Mahan at 40-1 (he has three top 12s in the last four years).

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