Woods a Longshot at 2017 Masters; McIlroy, Spieth Favored

The 2017 Masters kicks off on April 6 at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

It will be a fierce fight between the big four names dominating golf — Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson — but the name dominating the news is, once again, Tiger Woods. The four-time Masters champion is making his return this year and his fans would love to see him triumphant.

The bookmakers arenโ€™t so optimistic. The former world no. 1ย has not won a majorย in close to a decade and was especially disappointing in the last few years.

So where does Tiger stand relative to the favorites? Here are the odds!

Odds to Win the 2017 Masters

Rory McIlroy: 8/1

McIlroy has won the U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship. Now all thatโ€™s left is the Masters. He’s finished in theย top 10 in the last three editions at Augusta. He didn’t win a major in either of the last two seasons, but he finished 2016 in spectacular form, winning the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup.

Jordan Spieth: 8/1

At only 23 years old, Jordan Spieth has already reached some dizzying heights in golf. He won his first major at the 2015 Masters with a score that equalled the record set by Tiger Woods. The win made him the second youngest player to win the Masters, behind Woods.

It looked like he would continue his reign in 2016 after he led by five strokes in the final round heading into the back-nine, but the young Texan choked and suffered one of the biggest collapses in the event’s history.

Jason Day: 15/2

Before injuring his back, the current world no. 1ย had a 2016 season that rivalled Tiger Woods in his prime. He clinched three PGA tour wins, making it a career total of 10. But none were majors. His best performance at the Masters was back in 2011, when he finished tied for second with fellow Australian Adam Scott.

Dustin Johnson: 10/1

The heavy-hitting South Carolinian was the PGA Player of the Year in 2016. Last year, the current world no. 3ย won the U.S. Open and came in fourth at the Masters. Heโ€™s one of the longest drivers in golf, which is a huge advantage at Augusta.

Tiger Woods: 20/1

Despite missing two of the last three Masters, Tiger Woods has had more bets placed on him than any other golfer in 2017. Thatโ€™s a lot of confidence ย on a man who hasnโ€™t won a major since 2008. Still, his legacy endures and his fans are optimistic that he can reclaim his place on top, if only for one weekend. Woods knows this course like the back of his nine ironย and has had more success here than everyone not named Jack Nicklaus.

Photo credit: โ€œTiger Woodsโ€ by Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0 [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0], via Flickr.

Eaton Thatcher

Eaton used to write for MTS predominantly about boxing but also about soccer, football, tennis and basketball.

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