The 80th Masters tournament gets underway on Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club, and going in on a group of the favorites to win it might be an appealing prop wager for bettors having trouble deciding on a single golfer to back.
You can get +135 odds (bet $100 to win $135) on any of defending champion Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson or Jason Day winning the Masters, or lay a price of -175 (bet $175 to win $100) on the field at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Spieth won his first major championship at Augusta last year after equaling the tournament scoring record set by Tiger Woods in 1997 with an 18-under par 270. The 22-year-old Dallas native finished four shots ahead of three-time champ Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose, who turned in the best performance of his career by tying for second.
The 26-year-old McIlroy placed fourth with a 12-under 276, his highest finish as well, and the Masters remains the lone major he has not won during his young career.
Spieth, McIlroy and Day are all 7/1 co-favorites to win the Masters while Watson and Adam Scott are right behind them at 10/1. So betting that group prop would give you four of the top five golfers according to oddsmakers. Watson is a two-time winner, earning the green jacket in 2012 and 2014, and he finished in a tie for 38th last year.
Day ended up tying for 28th in 2015 after shooting a 5-under par 67 in the first round, which had tied him for second. He later won the PGA Championship for his first major victory. Scott tied for 38th with Watson and six others, and he won the Masters in 2013.
Other top contenders to win the Masters in 2016 include Rickie Fowler (12/1), Mickelson (14/1), Dustin Johnson (18/1) and Rose (22/1). Fowler tied for 12th last year with a 6-under par 282 while Johnson ended up tied for sixth with a 9-under 279 result.
In fact, you can bet another group prop including any of Scott, Fowler, Day or Mickelson winning it all at +210 against the field at -285. Day is also a small -120 favorite to beat McIlroy (-110) in one of many matchup props available at the sportsbooks, and is -125 chalk versus Spieth (-105).