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Vegas oddsmakers go with hot hand and install Jason Day as 7-1 pick to win Masters

2016 - Jason Day during the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.
Jason Day (Golfweek/Tracy Wilcox)

AUGUSTA, Ga. – In their final line entering the Masters, Las Vegas oddsmakers picked World No. 1 Jason Day as the 7-1 favorite after the Australian won his two most recent starts on the PGA Tour.

According to the LV Westgate Superbook, Day, who regained the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning the WGC-Dell Match Play on March 27, never has been the favorite going into the men’s first major championship of the year.

Previously, Day’s odds entering Augusta were 12-1 in 2015 and ’14, 40-1 in 2013, 30-1 in 2012 and 100-1 in 2011. During those five years, Day finished T-28 in ’15, T-20 in ’14, third in ’13, withdrew in ’12 and T-2 in ’11.

This is the first time that Day, 28, whose nine Tour victories include the 2015 PGA Championship, has been a favorite by the Las Vegas bookies since the Farmers Insurance Open in late January. That week, Day was a 6-1 favorite at Torrey Pines but missed the cut, his first MC since the Memorial Tournament in May 2015. He enters the Masters on a two-tournament winning streak, having won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in the week before his victory in the Match Play.

Jordan Spieth, the Masters’ defending champion and World No. 2, was elevated by the LV book from 8-1 last week to 15-2 after his T-13 finish at the Shell Houston Open. Last year, Spieth was a 10-1 pick to win his first major title. In 2014, he entered his first Masters as a 30-1 choice and tied for second.

Spieth, who also won last year’s U.S. Open, had been the favorite for the final two majors of 2015: a 5-1 choice at the British Open at St. Andrews’ Old Course, where he tied for fourth, and 6-1 at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, where he placed second.

Rory McIlroy, the last of golf’s emerging “Big Three,” is close behind Day and Spieth, according to the LV book, at 8-1. McIlroy is seeking his fifth major championship and the missing prize to the career Grand Slam. The Northern Irishman was a 13-2 favorite last year when he finished fourth, his best result in seven starts at the Masters.

McIlroy was 10-1 in 2014, finishing T-8; 10-1 in 2013, finishing T-25; 11-2 in 2012, finishing T-40; and 20-1 in 2011, finishing T15.

Other notable odds among past champions to win another green jacket: Bubba Watson 12-1, Adam Scott 12-1, Phil Mickelson 15-1, Charl Schwartzel 40-1, Zach Johnson 50-1 and Angel Cabrera 150-1.

Other notable contenders’ odds: Dustin Johnson 15-1, Rickie Fowler 15-1, Henrik Stenson 20-1, Justin Rose 25-1, Louis Oosthuizen 30-1, Hideki Matsuyama 40-1, Patrick Reed 40-1.

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