Vegas installs Watson as 3-2 pick to win Masters
Saturday, April 12, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. – After shooting 4-under 68 at Augusta National and taking a three-stroke lead into Saturday’s third round of the Masters, Bubba Watson has been installed as a 3-2 favorite in Las Vegas to win his second green jacket.
Watson, the 2012 Masters champion, started the week at a promising 20-1 pick, but far behind co-favorites Rory McIlroy and defending champion Adam Scott, who were 10-1 choices.
Scott, now four shots back of Watson, is a 5-1 pick by oddsmakers, and McIlroy has fallen to 80-1 after shooting 77 on Friday to make the cut on the number, at 4-over 148.
Watson will have some work to do to capture his second green jacket, and history is not on his side. Only 28 of 77 second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to with the Masters. Since 2000, only Mike Weir (2003) and Trevor Immelman (2008) have done it.
Weir held a four-shot lead over Darren Clarke and eventually won in a one-hole playoff over Len Mattiace, who was nine shots back at the time of Saturday’s third round.
Immelman nursed a one-shot lead over Brandt Snedeker after Friday’s second round, but would go on to win by three over Tiger Woods.
When Watson won in 2012, he was one shot off the 36-hole pace set by Fred Couples and Jason Dufner.
Watson also was tied with Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen, the latter of whom he would beat in a one-hole playoff.
That Saturday in 2012, Watson was a 12-1 choice to win, with McIlroy a 3-1 favorite. Westwood (6-1) and Mickelson (8-1) were the favorites ahead of Watson.
Last year after two rounds, Tiger Woods was the favorite at 9-4, followed by Jason Day at 6-1. Scott, the eventual winner, was a 15-1 pick, and Angel Cabrera, who lost in a playoff, was 25-1.