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The weather held off and the conditions at Augusta National for the opening round of the 2013 Masters were about as good as the players could have hoped for. The fairways didn’t run out quite as much as they were earlier in the week, but the greens were certainly much more receptive. As a result, scores were low on Thursday.
Sergio Garcia has yet to win that elusive first Major Championship, but got off to a great 6-under par start. Shooting a 66 over the first 18 holes, Garcia is tied at the top of the leaderboard with relatively unknown Australian player Marc Leishman. The 29 year old Aussie got out early and set the benchmark for the rest of the field, for which Garcia was the only other player to reach.
Overall, the leaderboard is tight at the top though, which is to be expected after the first round. Eight of the top-10 players in the world are at even par or better. Of course, that starts with Tiger Woods, who fired a 2-under par round of 70 to open his 2013 Masters. Woods had it to 3-under at one point during the round, but suffered a late bogey to fall back to two strokes under par. Woods knows as well as anybody though, that you don’t win the Masters over the first 18 holes… it is a marathon, not a sprint.
Tiger Woods – 3/1 (+300)
Dustin Johnson – 7/1 (+700)
Sergio Garcia – 9/1 (+900)
Matt Kuchar – 12/1 (+1200)
Adam Scott – 14/1 (+1400)
Phil Mickelson – 14/1 (+1400)
Justin Rose – 16/1 (+1600)
Rickie Fowler – 20/1 (+2000)
Rory McIlroy – 20/1 (+2000)
Snedeker / Westwood – 25/1 (+2500)
But, those who bet on the first-round leader could have cashed in on the first 18 holes with a big win had they wagered on Garcia or Leishman who were set with 40 to 1 (+4000) and 200 to 1 (+20000) odds to be leading after 18 holes. With that said, because of the tie, ‘dead-heat’ rules applied which basically mean those who wagered on either golfer received half of the amount they were supposed to have won. Still, even with the two-way tie atop the leaderboard, anyone who bet on Sergio won $20 for every dollar wagered while those who bet on Leishman raked in $100 for every dollar they wagered.
While betting on the Aussie paid a staggering amount, it fails in comparison to what his odds to win were before the start of the tournament. If had you jumped in on the action for Marc Leishman at the start of the 2013 Masters (let’s be honest, you probably didn’t), you would be in-line for a whopping 300 to 1 (+30000) payout should he hold on over the course of the next 54-holes.
But, it’s not too late to get on the Leishman bandwagon thanks to the revised odds to win the tournament. Based upon his performance, sports betting sites like Bovada have created adjusted betting lines for the event. As it stands, the Australian made a considerable jump all the way down to a 40 to 1 (+4000) payout which is still very profitable.
Coincidentally, 40 to 1 (+4000) is where Garcia’s odds to win the 2013 Masters started prior to the opening round at Augusta. But like Leishman’s odds, you can’t get in on that betting line now. Moving all the way up to a 9 to 1 (+900) favorite in the latest version of the revised odds to win the tourney, Sergio is behind only Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson to take home a green jacket.
Johnson (started at 25 to 1, +2500), one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, shot his lowest-career round at the Masters on Thursday, with a 5-under 67 to put himself one shot behind the leaders. It was Johnson’s short game that kept him in play and the momentum of his round going. As a result, he is in great position to be a top contender on the weekend. At 7 to 1 (+700), there is still room for a nice payout with 54 holes left.
Even with all the low scores of the day, it’s still Tiger Woods that oddsmakers continue to favor though, despite being four shots out of the lead. He came into the week set at 3 to 1 (+300) and still right at that same number that pays $3 for every dollar risked. Here’s a little something to chew on: three of Woods’ four wins at Augusta came after a round of 70 in the opening round which certainly bodes well for potential bettors. Woods’ only winning year where he didn’t shoot 70 in the first round was in 2005, when he finished with a +2, 74.
Continuing down the list of favorites heading into Friday, we see players who recorded rounds of sub-70. This includes Matt Kuchar (68) and Adam Scott (69). Kuchar, who tied for 3rd place in 2012, is slated with slightly better odds, set at 12 to 1 (+1200). As for Scott, he has seemingly figured out how to play Augusta after finishing in the top-10 in 2011 and 2012. After coming out of the gate with a three-under round of 69 on Thursday, Scott has been reset at 14 to 1 (+1400) which is exactly half of what bettors would have been paid if they’d taken his 28/1 (+2800) pre-tournament odds.
Last but certainly not least, we come to two of the more popular players in the field (Woods excluded) with Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, two players who were certain favored to be in contention before this tournament started.
Phil Mickelson made four birdies in five holes during one stretch on the back-nine to overcome a poor start in his opening round. The result was a 1-under par round of 71, which Lefty knows he is decent shape. While starting the week at 10 to 1 (+1000) before moving back to 12 to 1 (+1200) at the start of the tourney, Phil now stands with 14 to 1 (+1400) odds to come out on top of the heap.
Rory McIlroy, the second-overall favorite coming into the week, started with an 8 to 1 (+800) payout, but is now all the way back at 20 to 1 (+2000) after an even par round of 72. If the former #1 player in the world can turn things around, those odds could end up hurting the bookmakers.
Bovada and other Masters betting sites will continue to re-formulate their 2013 Masters odds at the conclusion of Friday’s round, and then again after the conclusion of play on Saturday’s round as well which will keep the action going.
Also available for Friday’s round at the Masters will be 3-ball betting lines formed for the groupings. These odds match the players paired together with odds to be the low man in the group. These wagers will not all go off-the-board at the same time, so bettors will have the chance to get in on the action throughout the day leading up to the final tee time on the afternoon. We’re going to include a list of all the 3-ball lines for the day which will give an approximation of Friday’s tee times (below full list of revised odds).
Check back here at LatestBettingOdds.com following the conclusion of the second-round, either Friday night or Saturday morning, for revised 3rd round Masters betting odds.
Revised Wager Lines For 2013 Masters: 2nd Round – found at Bovada 4/12, 1:56am ET
Friday’s Tee Times / 3-Ball Betting Odds
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