Scott trails favorites Day, McIlroy, Spieth on odds to win Masters

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Adam Scott has jumped out to a lead in the FedExCup standings, claiming two first-place and two second-place finishes in his first eight outings, while jumping from No. 12 to No. 7 in the World Golf Rankings.

Despite the fast start, however, the 35-year-old Australian continues to trail the favorites on the odds to win the Masters this week at 12/1 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Scott claimed his sole career major tournament victory at the Masters in 2013, but he has struggled the past two years, finishing a career-worst 38th a year ago.

Conversely, compatriot Jason Day leads the way at the sportsbooks, entering this weekend’s Masters at Augusta National as a strong 7/1 favorite on the golf betting lines.

Perched at No. 1 on the World Golf Rankings, Day sits second on the FedExCup standings, 483 points back of Scott, but has posted impressive victories in his past two outings, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC Match Play Championship.

After finishing 28th at  Augusta, Day broke out in the second half of last season, following up a fourth-place finish at The Open Championship with his first major victory at the PGA Championship, one of six titles in his last 13 tournaments.

Former No. 1’s Rory McIlroy and Jason Spieth are Day’s closest competition on the Masters betting odds, sitting at 19/2 and 10/1, respectively.

McIlroy, the current world No. 3, has never won at Augusta National, posting a career-best fourth-place finish in 2015, while defending champion Spieth looks to become the first golfer to tally back-to-back Masters victories since Tiger Woods’ triumphs in 2001 and 2002.

While two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson joins Scott at 12/1, a number of golfers in search of their first major tournament win are getting consideration at the sportsbooks.

Rickie Fowler finished in the top five at all four majors in 2014, but endured a disappointing 2015, following up a 12th-place finish at Augusta by missing the cut at the US Open, and finishing a distant 30th at both The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.

However, Fowler has played with consistency this season, posting six Top-10 finishes, and he sits at 16/1 in Masters betting and is a 7/2 bet on the odds to win a major tournament in 2016.

Dustin Johnson claimed three Top-10 finishes at majors in 2015, but trails at 20/1 on this year’s Masters odds, while Sweden’s Henrik Stenson has finished in the top three in his past two tournaments but is a long 25/1 bet to claim his first major tournament crown this week.

Tiger Woods behind favorites for 2018 U.S. Open

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Tiger Woods is a step back of the betting favorites for the 2018 U.S. Open at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. as the world’s top golfers get set to compete in the second major of the season this week at Shinnecock Hills.

Woods sits at +1600 on the odds to win the US Open this week, tied with Jason Day, Justin Rose, and Rickie Fowler on the board and behind the top four betting favorites on the list. The 42-year-old, however, only has two Top-10 results in his nine PGA Tour events so far on the season.

And those two finishes came back in March, at the Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Since then Woods has finished 32nd at the Masters, 55th at the Wells Fargo Championship, 11th at THE PLAYERS Championship, and 23rd at the Memorial Tournament.

Woods is a three-time US Open winner, taking the tournament in each of 2000, 2002, and 2008. Since 2008 he’s only played in the event five times, finishing sixth in 2009 and fourth in 2010, but 21st in 2012 and 32nd in 2013, and missing the cut in 2015. And since the end of the 2015 season Woods has only played in one major tournament, this year’s Masters.

Still, Woods only trails those four favorites on the golf betting lines at the sportsbooks, with Dustin Johnson the tournament chalk at +900, Rory McIlroy second on the board at +1100, and Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth rounding out the quartet at odds of +1400.

Johnson, Spieth, and McIlroy are all former US Open champions, with McIlroy winning in 2011 at Congressional, Spieth winning in 2015 at Chambers Bay, and Johnson winning in 2016 at Oakmont. For betting favorite Johnson that was his first and so far only major tournament win on the PGA Tour, but he’s coming off a victory in the FedEx St. Jude Classic over the weekend.

And Johnson is also atop the updated World Golf Ranking, having jumped over Thomas for the lead on that list with his win over the weekend. Rose sits third in the current rankings, with Spieth fourth, Jon Rahm fifth, and McIlroy sixth.

Rahm is set at +2000 on the odds to win the 2018 US Open for this week, behind defending tournament champion Brooks Koepka (+1800) and ahead of Phil Mickelson and Hideki Matsuyama – who are both pegged at +2800 odds. Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, and Sergio Garcia hold down betting lines of +3300 for this week.

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Four golfers headline 2018 THE PLAYERS odds

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THE PLAYERS Championship features one of the top fields of the year on the PGA Tour, and sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com have a logjam at the top of the board for the event which gets underway on Thursday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Spieth are pegged as +1400 co-favorites on the odds to win THE PLAYERS Championship at the sportsbooks, with Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler just a step back of that quartet at +1800 odds.

Of those golfers, both Day and Fowler are past champions at the event, with Day taking the tournament by four strokes in 2016 and Fowler picking up a victory in a playoff against Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner at the event in 2015.

Last year’s winner at THE PLAYERS, meanwhile, is pegged as a longshot to claim the tournament title once again this weekend. South Korea’s Si Woo Kim topped Louis Oosthuizen and Ian Poulter by three strokes at the event last year, becoming the youngest ever winner of the tournament. The 22-year-old is back with the longer shots at +7500 odds for this week.

Oosthuizen is also down the golf odds list at +7500 for this year’s edition of THE PLAYERS, with Poulter set at +6600. Rafa Cabrera Bello and Kyle Stanley tied for fourth place the tournament last year, finishing four strokes back of the leader; they’re both longshots at +10000 odds this week.

Martin Kaymer, the 2014 champion, is at +20000 odds this week, with Tiger Woods, who won this tournament for the second time in 2013, sitting in the second tier of contenders on the odds at +3300. Woods also won this event back in 2001, and hasn’t played in this tournament the past two years.

Joining Woods at +3300 on THE PLAYERS Championship odds is Phil Mickelson, who won this event in 2007. Mickelson finished well back in the pack in a tie for 41st place at this tournament last year, 13 strokes behind the leader, but is a strong third in the FedExCup standings so far on the season.

Matt Kuchar, the 2012 champion, sits at +6600 odds for this week, while 2009 winner Henrik Stenson, riding a strong three-tournament run, is listed at +2800. Jon Rahm (+2200), Justin Rose (+3000), and Paul Casey (+3300) round out the top of THE PLAYERS betting lines.

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