Vegas installs Woods as 9-2 favorite at Masters

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The Masters is 2 1/2 months away, but Tiger Woods' four-shot victory last week in San Diego made the bookies in Las Vegas take notice. Woods has been installed as the favorite to win the PGA Tour's first major championship of the 2013 season.

Woods, who hasn’t won at Augusta National since 2005, is a 9-2 pick to win his fifth green jacket. After the '05 victory, Woods posted six consecutive top-10s at the Masters before slipping to a tie for 40th last year, when Bubba Watson defeated Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff.

At the end of last season, when Woods won three times and signaled that he was back on his game, he was a 6-1 co-favorite with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy to win at Augusta. Woods' victory last week at Torrey Pines, where he has won eight Tour events, including the 2008 U.S. Open, swung the oddsmakers toward Woods, a 9-2 pick. McIlroy, who is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, remains a 6-1 selection. Phil Mickelson, a three-time winner at Augusta, is the third choice, at 15-1.

Woods was the favorite going into last years Masters at 9-2, as well, but his 5-over 293 score left him 15 shots behind Watson and Oosthuizen.

It's unclear when Woods will return to the PGA Tour, though he likely will play two to four more events before the drive up Magnolia Lane in April.

Odds to win the 2013 Masters

  • TIGER WOODS 9-2
  • RORY McILROY 6-1
  • PHIL MICKELSON 15-1
  • LUKE DONALD 25-1
  • LEE WESTWOOD 25-1
  • ADAM SCOTT 25-1
  • JUSTIN ROSE 25-1
  • BUBBA WATSON 25-1
  • DUSTIN JOHNSON 25-1
  • JASON DUFNER 30-1
  • RICKIE FOWLER 30-1
  • HUNTER MAHAN 40-1
  • MATT KUCHAR 40-1
  • KEEGAN BRADLEY 40-1
  • LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN 25-1
  • CHARL SCHWARTZEL 30-1
  • JASON DAY 50-1
  • WEBB SIMPSON 50-1
  • NICK WATNEY 30-1
  • STEVE STRICKER 60-1
  • GRAEME McDOWELL 60-1
  • ERNIE ELS 80-1
  • PADRAIG HARRINGTON 80-1
  • SERGIO GARCIA 40-1
  • IAN POULTER 40-1
  • BO VAN PELT 50-1
  • PETER HANSON 80-1
  • ZACH JOHNSON 80-1
  • GEOFF OGILVY 100-1
  • JIM FURYK 80-1
  • MARTIN KAYMER 60-1
  • BRANDT SNEDEKER 30-1
  • BILL HAAS 80-1
  • FRANCESCO MOLINARI 100-1
  • NICOLAS COLSAERTS 60-1
  • K.J. CHOI 80-1
  • RETIEF GOOSEN 125-1
  • MARTIN LAIRD 125-1
  • CARL PETTERSSON 125-1
  • HENRIK STENSON 100-1
  • MATTEO MANASSERO 100-1
  • KYLE STANLEY 150-1
  • FRED COUPLES 100-1
  • JOHN SENDEN 150-1
  • FREDRIK JACOBSON 150-1
  • AARON BADDELEY 150-1
  • GARY WOODLAND 150-1
  • DAVID TOMS 150-1
  • BEN CURTIS 200-1
  • PAUL CASEY 100-1
  • SEUNG-YUL NOH 150-1
  • BEN CRANE 150-1
  • SEAN O'HAIR 200-1
  • PAUL LAWRIE 150-1
  • THOMAS BJORN 150-1
  • ROBERT GARRIGUS 100-1
  • SCOTT PIERCY 125-1
  • RYAN PALMER 200-1
  • VIJAY SINGH 150-1
  • ANGEL CABRERA 125-1
  • ANTHONY KIM 200-1
  • ROBERT KARLSSON 150-1
  • JONATHAN BYRD 200-1
  • TREVOR IMMELMAN 150-1
  • TIM CLARK 125-1
  • RYO ISHIKAWA 150-1
  • CHARLES HOWELL III 125-1
  • ALVARO QUIROS 150-1
  • ALEXANDER NOREN 200-1
  • THORBJORN OLESEN 125-1
  • BUD CAULEY 150-1
  • RYAN MOORE 100-1
  • Y.E. YANG 150-1
  • KEVIN NA 200-1
  • RORY SABBATINI 200-1
  • BRANDEN GRACE 125-1
  • ANDERS HANSEN 150-1
  • SIMON DYSON 250-1
  • STEWART CINK 200-1
  • KYUNG-TAE KIM 200-1
  • SANG-MOON BAE 200-1
  • ROBERT ROCK 300-1
  • MARK WILSON 300-1
  • MARC LEISHMAN 200-1
  • CAMILO VILLEGAS 250-1
  • PATRICK CANTLAY 300-1
  • LUKE GUTHRIE 250-1
  • LUCAS GLOVER 250-1
  • TED POTTER JR 300-1
  • DARREN CLARKE 300-1
  • MICHAEL THOMPSON 300-1
  • JOHN PETERSON 300-1
  • DAVID LYNN 300-1
  • JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL 300-1
  • BERNHARD LANGER 500-1
  • ALAN DUNBAR 1000-1
  • MIKE WEIR 300-1
  • TOM WATSON 1000-1
  • FIELD (all others) 15-1
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