David BurdumESPN staff writer2 minute reading
The sportsbooks are split on their favorite to win the Masters, but the betting public is gravitating toward the defending champion.
Scotty Scheffler, who won the green jacket at Augusta National last year, is a 5-1 favorite at Caesars Sportsbook, followed by Rory McIlroy at 13-2 and Jon Rahm at 17-2. The only golfers with single-digit odds at Caesars. McIlroy is a favorite at other sportsbooks, including SuperBook and Circa Sports, and is a co-favorite with Scheffler at FanDuel and BetMGM.
Anthony Sallaroli, who oversees golf odds for Caesars Sportsbook, said public support for Scheffler and recent strong showings by the defending champion improved his odds to 5-1 earlier this week. Most sports books have more odds placed on Scheffler to win the tournament than any other golfer, and as of Tuesday he has pulled in twice as much money as any other golfer at Caesars.
Rahm was the consensus Masters favorite in late February, but his odds have grown over the past month after he pulled out of The Players Championship with illness and lost in the first round of the WGC-Dell Match Play event.
Caesars Sportsbook has Patrick Cantlay 16-1, Jordan Spieth 18-1 and Tony Finau 20-1.
Tiger Woods is 80-1 to win the tournament, but finds favor. Only six players drew more bets to win than Woods on DraftKings.