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Paddy Power has installed Rory McIlroy a 9/1 favourite to capture first Masters green jacket.
McIlroy, with four top-5s in his four events this year, will be heading into his 11th straight Augusta National appearance in what will now be ‘Take 5’ in his quest to win the Masters and join golf’s ultra-exclusive ‘Grand Slam Club’.
Since capturing both the 2014 Open and 2014 PGA Championship McIlroy has teed-up at Augusta on four occasions having finished 4th (2015), T7th (2016), T7th (2017) and T5th a year ago and last year he had his best chance of winning the one Major having headed into the final round trailing just three shots behind American rival Patrick Reed only to shoot a closing 74 to finish a distant six shots adrift.
Second favourite with PaddyPower is the 10/1 Dustin Johnson while World No. 1 Justin Rose, Justin Thomas and four-time Masters winner, Tiger Woods are at 12/1.
And while speaking of Masters betting an American punter has wagered $10,000 on Woods to be fitted with a fifth Masters green jacket.
The Las Vegas-based Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook Casino has accepted the 12/1 bet on Woods and if successful, that’s a whopping $120,000 pay day for the unnamed ‘regular’ resort guest.
Woods captured a first Masters with a sensational 12-shot victory in 1997 and then won a second in 2001 and a third a year later. He won a fourth in 2005 and a year ago ended a two-year absence to finish T32nd and Superbook indicated more money has been bet on Woods than any other 2019 Augusta competitor since 2019 Masters betting opened last August.
What is surprising is that Woods is not the most popular in terms of the number of individual bets placed on the now 43-year old.
That honour belongs to England’s Tommy Fleetwood who is currently listed at odds of 30/1.
In fact, Fleetwood played the opening two rounds of the 2018 Masters alongside Woods to eventually finish T7th in just his second Masters for the then European No. 1.