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Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott top list of favorites heading into Masters

April 07, 2014|By David Wharton
  • Rory McIlroy is considered one of the favorites going into the Masters tournament this week.
Rory McIlroy is considered one of the favorites going into the Masters tournament… (Larry W. Smith / European…)

Masters week has finally arrived and the oddsmakers have identified their favorites to win at Augusta National.

VegasInsider.com has Rory McIlroy and defending champion Adam Scott as the front-runners at 10-1. GolfOdds.com also puts McIlroy and Scott atop its board, with Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Matt Kuchar just behind at 12-1.

McIlroy gives the oddsmakers credit, even if they didn't get it right with the NCAA basketball tournament over the last two weeks.

"They're usually not too far away," he said after shooting a fourth-round 65 to finish in the top 10 at the Shell Houston Open. "I feel like I'm one of a handful of guys that's going to be hopefully up there."

Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker are among the other favorites at 20-1 or better.

Mickelson, who finished tied for 12th in Texas, feels that he has some work to do before Thursday's opening round at the Masters.

"These next few days will be getting in touch and feel and all the little shots around the greens that are so intricate and necessary to pull off at Augusta," he said.

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