The Masters Tournament is this week’s PGA Tour event. The Masters at Augusta is traditionally the first major of the year and 2011 is no different. Masters 2011 betting odds are out for the Masters and I’ve listed my Top 10 betting interests below. For the first time in years, Tiger Woods is a better than +350 “favorite” to win the Masters Tournament. Could Tiger pull it off as the tepid +850 second-choice? Maybe. El Tigre is in the Top 10 but he’s not #1 on my list.
Keep reading to take a look at my Top 10 to win this year’s Masters Tournament! Then, log onto the sportsbook and get your wagers down!
Masters Tournament: Top 10
When: April 7 – April 10, 2011
Where: Augusta National GC, Augusta, Georgia
Course: par 72, 7435 yards
TV: ESPN, CBS
Nick Watney +1500 - - Watney’s thirteenth place finish at the Transitions Championship should set him up well for the Masters run. Nick-dub has shot 5 out of his last 8 rounds at 68 or below and he finished in seventh place with an 8 under at the 2010 Masters. 5 Top 10 finishes out of 6 tournaments played this year makes him the top pick.
Martin Kaymer +1600 - - MK missed the cut at the 2010 Masters Tournament but he won the Abu Dhabi Championship earlier this year, finished second at the WGC-Accenture, and shot a 66 to start the WGC-Cadillac before failing to keep it going in rounds 2 through 4. At the Masters 2011 betting odds, it’s hard to dislike Kaymer in this spot even though he’s been sloppy at times so far in 2011.
Phil Mickelson +600 - - Wow. That was some tune-up for Augusta last week at the Shell Houston Open. Lefty dominated the third and fourth rounds scoring a 63 and then a 65. Mick is definitely in the running and has to be considered a solid play at 6 to 1 odds even though he’s the chalk going into Thursday and won the green jacket last year.
Lee Westwood +1200 - - Lee hasn’t been nearly as formidable so far in 2011 as he was in 2010. I like Westwood to improve big time at Augusta since he shot a 13-under and finished only 3 strokes off of Lefty in 2010. Westwood was, as I expected, practicing some shots at the Shell Houston Open last week. Hopefully, he’ll be on point with those shots this week.
Matt Kuchar +3000 - - Matty K. has scored with 6 Top 10 finishes out of 8 tournaments played this year. That includes a third place finish at the WGC-Accenture and an eighth place finish in his Masters’ tune-up in the Shell Houston Open last week. The Masters 2011 betting golf odds sure are sweet as well.
Rory McIlroy +2000 - - Rory Mac has finished in the Top 10 in 2 out of his last 3 tournaments played including a tenth place finish at the WGC-Cadillac in his last. He’s been on the shelf since then and the +7 he shot at the 2010 Masters doesn’t give me a whole lot of confidence, but I have to believe that his incredible talent could lead him into a Top 10 finish at Augusta, maybe even a victory, this week.
Hunter Mahan +2500 - - Hunter has finished in the Top 10 in his last 2 Masters’ starts including a 7-under, eighth place finish, at the 2010 green jacket tournament. Mahan’s ninth place finish at the WGC-Cadillac two tournaments ago and eighth place finish at the Shell Houston Open last week gives him a shot at nice odds this week.
Tiger Woods +850 - - So far, the swing just hasn’t come around. Mentally, I’m not sure Tiger is anywhere close to where he was in 2008 when he walked with a bum knee and shot his way to that incredible U.S. Open victory. A 44 place finish at the Farmer’s Insurance, a 33 at the WGC-Accenture match play tournament, a 10 place finish at the WGC-Cadillac and a 24 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational is what El Tigre has done so far on the PGA Tour this year. Hey, but he’s still Tiger, right? And, when was the last time you saw +850 Masters 2011 betting odds on Tiger?
Luke Donald +2500 - - The WGC-Accenture winner followed up the huge victory with a tenth place finish at the Honda Classic and a sixth place finish at the WGC-Cadillac. I can see how some golf handicappers might have him higher on their Top 10 lists.
KJ Choi +5500 - - Choi’s getting no respect from both the odds makers and golf handicappers. 55 to 1 are terrific odds on the 2010 fourth place Masters Tournament finisher. I also have to like how KJ scored a sixth place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in his last tournament started. Choi believes that he should have won the Masters in 2010. Because of his past history at Augusta and the odds, he’s the best Masters 2011 betting underdog pick to score a victory this week.