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Koepka Given 4-1 Odds to Win Masters After Round 1; Tiger Listed at 11-1, Phil Still Getting 14-1

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Tiger Woods is four strokes back after Round 1 of the 2019 Masters. Photo by Keith Allison (Flickr) [CC License]
  • Brooks Koepka & Bryson DeChambeau tied for lead after Day 1 of the Masters
  • Mickelson one shot back, Tiger lurking and McIlroy struggles
  • See the updated live odds entering Friday of the 2019 Masters Tournament

The first round of the 2019 Masters is in the books and it’s anybody’s ball game with a bunched up leaderboard headed by Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau.

One important historical stat to note – the last 13 eventual Masters champions have all been inside the top-10 after the first day of play – the last was Tiger Woods in 2005, his last green jacket.

Here’s a look at how the Masters odds have changed after one day.

2019 Masters Odds Entering 2nd Round

Golfer Position Score Odds at Bovada Odds at BetOnline
Brooks Koepka T-1st -6 (66) +400 +400
Bryson DeChambeau T-1st -6 (66) +650 +600
Phil Mickelson 3rd -5 (67) +1400 +1400
Dustin Johnson T-4th -4 (68) +600 +500
Ian Poulter T-4th -4 (68) +2500 +2500
Jon Rahm T-6th -3 (69) +1100 +1200
Adam Scott T-6th -3 (69) +2500 +2500
Kevin Kisner T-6th -3 (69) +4000 +4000
Kiradech Aphibarnrat T-6th -3 (69) +6600 +6600
Justin Harding T-6th -3 (69) +12500 +10000
Tiger Woods T-11th -2 (70) +1100 +1200
Rickie Fowler T-11th -2 (70) +1600 +1400

*Odds taken April 11th; follow the link in the table above to see all options

Brooks Koepka on Top of Another Major Leaderboard

Brooks Koepka has been a total machine in majors and we certainly hope you took our advice to bet on him to be the first round leader.

Should he emerge victorious, Koepka would remarkably rack up his fourth major title in his last seven contested.

He also quelled any concerns over the controversy Golf Channel personality Brandel Chamblee riled up about his recent weight loss.

The +400 odds are quite short, and for that I wouldn’t be inclined to bet on him given that he hasn’t posted a top-10 in any of his three Masters appearances, and has a missed cut and two 56th place duds in his last three tour events.

Can Phil Mickelson Become Oldest Major Champion Ever?

Never underestimate Phil Mickelson. He has a victory this year at the AT&T Pebble Beach and Lefty finds himself back in contention after a sizzling 5-under, 67.

Most importantly to Phil, should he earn his fourth career green jacket (and first since 2010), he would become the oldest major champion ever.

Oldest Major Champions in Golf History

Golfer Age
Phil Mickelson??? (2019 Masters) 48 years, 9 months
Julius Boros (1968 PGA Championship) 48 years, 4 months
Old Tom Morris (1867 Open Championship) 46 years, 3 months
Jack Nicklaus (1986 Masters) 46 years, 2 months

Is there one more run in the crafty veteran? With so many young guns hovering around the leaderboard, the +1400 odds just aren’t enticing enough.

Tiger Woods Lurking After First Round

Save for a few short putts missed, Tiger Woods put together a relatively tidy 2-under, 70 (T-11th), which has him right in the thick of things for his first major title since the 2008 US Open.

Interestingly, that round should evoke some very fine memories for Tiger.

The four-time Masters Champ tees off in the second to last group out Friday, so a wise move would be to hold off wagering to see how the early morning players fare.

There should be some good numbers posted, which will move his odds in bettors’ favor.

Best Live Value Picks at 2019 Masters Tournament

  1. Adam Scott (+2500): The 2013 Masters champ is just three back and was pure Thursday, hitting 14 of 18 greens. Has a second place finish this year and was third in the latest major, the 2018 PGA Championship.
  2. Kevin Kisner (+4000): The steady Kisner is also three back and he won his last event, the WGC-Dell Match Play, and was second in last year’s Open Championship to go along with the 54-hole leader at 2017 PGA. His game is translating better and better on the biggest stages.
  3. JB Holmes (+10000): Incredible odds for the long bomber just four back. Won the Genesis Open two months ago and finished in a tie for fourth at the 2016 Masters. Can be a volatile player results wise, but when he is on, he rarely backs down.
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Michael "Hound Dog" Harrison is well known in the sports industry as the resident statisitician for the Jay and Dan Show. He has worked at TSN for over 13 years, where he's been featured on Sportscentre, That's Hockey, That's Hockey 2Nite, The Masters preview shows, and several more.