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Expert Picks: The Masters


Each week during the official PGA Tour season, CBSSports.com's Steve Elling and Shane Bacon give their best shot at pegging the winner and seeing what other golfers will have a good week. The picks are based on a combination of homework, guesswork and just plain instinct.

Note: Odds courtesy of Bovada.lv

Pick to win it
Elling's Pick Bacon's Pick

Luke Donald
Eight different players held at least a share of the lead at some point during last year's final-round circus, and while Donald didn't quite get to the top, he did get within a stroke of the lead. The putter is perhaps the most crucial weapon in the bag, and nobody rolls it better than does the current world No. 1, who won three weeks ago in Tampa. Of all the majors, this one seems like the best fit for his game.
Odds to win tournament: (16 to 1)

Rory McIlroy
It probably says a lot about a guy when both me and Steve initially wanted to take him. I think these days, it's almost impossible to "guess" who is going to win, so my idea is to simply go with who I think the best golfer in the world is. It has been a long time since Augusta, 2011, and McIlroy has obviously grown. I think he has the type of game to run away with another major, and as long as he can replicate his first three rounds from a year ago, and keep the trains on the track Sunday, I see him walking away with a green jacket.
Odds to win tournament: (5 to 1)
Lock for Top 10 finish
Elling's Pick Bacon's Pick

Tiger Woods
Tiger hasn't won at Augusta since 2005, but he hasn't finished worse than sixth in that span, either. In that stretch he has battled leg issues, a bad putter, and dealt with the scrutiniy of his sex scandal. Pretty obviously, the guy's a threat to win even under the worst of circumstances. And right now, his personal and professional particulars are better than they have been in nearly three years.
Odds to win tournament: (4 to 1)

Phil Mickelson
There isn't any reason to think Phil is ready to take home his fourth green jacket, but isn't that how it always is with Phil before he hits Augusta? Since 1999, Phil has finished out of the top-10 just twice, so why not go with a guy that always seems to play fine when he rolls through Magnolia Lane? I like Phil to get another top-10, but I don't think he's putting well enough to win.
Odds to win tournament: (11 to 1)
Elling's Pick Bacon's Pick

Louis Oosthuizen
His buddy, Charl Schwartzel, won the green jacket last year, and Oosty has a major to his credit already. After a fairly lengthy time away from the spotlight, Oosthuizen played great last week for 54 in Houston before falling flat on Sunday. Still, for an under-the-radar guy not ranked among the top favorites, you could do a lot worse.
Odds to win tournament: (80 to 1)

K.J. Choi
It's been an interesting season for Choi, who has yet to miss the cut in a stroke play event but has only one top-20, meaning he's making it to the weekend but not making much of a move after that. Still, I love the way Choi plays at Augusta National, where he's finishing in the top-10 the last two seasons and has a solo third place finish back in '04. Augusta brings positive memories to those that like the course, and I see that with K.J. this week.
Odds to win tournament: (66 to 1)
Notable golfer odds
Padraig Harrington80-1Charl Schwartzel33-1Tom Watson400-1Johnson Wagner125-1
Nick Watney40-1Graeme McDowell66-1Paul Lawrie200-1Gary Woodland100-1
Bubba Watson40-1Bill Haas80-1Bo Van Pelt80-1Ben Crane150-1
Dustin Johnson40-1Kyle Stanley80-1Aaron Baddeley125-1Miguel Angel Jimenez200-1
Hunter Mahan28-1Y-E Yang125-1David Toms150-1Peter Hanson150-1
Paul Casey100-1Scott Verplank400-1Darren Clarke300-1Ryan Palmer150-1
Fred Couples125-1Sean O'Hair125-1Ben Crenshaw5000-1Justin Rose33-1
Adam Scott33-1Stewart Cink300-1Henrik Stenson125-1Ian Poulter80-1
Webb Simpson50-1Mike Weir500-1Vijay Singh150-1Jim Furyk80-1

2012 MASTERS SPECIALS - How many letters will the winner of the masters first name have?

2 - 25/1

3 - 10/1

4 - 7/5

5 - 19/10

6 - 3/1

7 - 20/1

8 or more - 75/1

* First names will coincide with our posted odds to win. K.J and Y.E. count as 2. If double name first listed names counts only.

2012 MASTERS SPECIALS - Which will be higher?

Number of Birdies on Sunday by eventual winner -115

Kobe Bryant assists on Saturday night vs. Phoenix. -115

2012 MASTERS SPECIALS - Tournament head to head matchup

Jason Day & Jason Dufner -115

Martin Laird & Martin Kaymer -115

2012 MASTERS SPECIALS - Will the Masters winner be a first-time major champion?

Yes 3/2

2012 MASTERS SPECIALS - Which will be higher?

Tiger Woods' final score for Sunday's Round EVEN

Bosh/Wade/LeBron total points on Sunday vs. Detroit -130

Will Charl Schwartzel Finish In The Top Ten At The 2012 US Masters?

Yes +250

No -350

Will Tiger Woods Get A Hole-In-One At The 2012 US Masters?

Yes 100/1

PGA Tour - US Master 2012 Tournament Head to Head

Phil Mickelson -120

Luke Donald -110

Will Rory McIlroy Finish In The Top Twenty At The 2012 US Masters?

Yes -600

No +375


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