Jordan Spieth overshadows Tiger Woods at Masters

Updated April 5, 2018 - 11:22 pm

Tiger Woods generated the most money and tickets at Las Vegas sports books in his much-anticipated return to the Masters, but Jordan Spieth stole the show at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday with a 6-under 66 in the first round.

Spieth, who closed as a 10-1 co-favorite with Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas at the Westgate sports book, reeled off five straight birdies on the back nine before closing with a bogey to force bettors who wagered that the lowest score by any golfer in the tournament would be under 65½ to wait another day.

“I would still expect there to be another run at it,” Westgate sports book manager Jeff Sherman said. “One thing I can say about Spieth is that he seemed to figure out his putting issues last week. That’s what he struggled with early in the season.”

Spieth, McIlroy adjusted favorites

Spieth is a 9-4 favorite at adjusted odds after opening at 2-1 at the Westgate to win his second green jacket, and Rory McIlroy is the 4-1 second choice after opening at 5-1. The rest of the field’s odds are in double digits.

McIlroy is in a group of seven golfers three shots back at 3-under 69. Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar are each two shots back at 4-under 68.

“I really think Spieth and McIlroy are going to set the pace (Friday). If they can go low in the morning, they could really put pressure on some of the guys in the afternoon to be aggressive and keep up with them,” Sherman said. “They could put a psychological dent on these guys.”

Kuchar, a perennial Masters contender, is at 14-1 with Phil Mickelson, who is four shots back. Henrik Stenson, three shots back, and Rickie Fowler, four shots back, are at 16-1. Woods and Dustin Johnson are at 30-1 after shooting 1-over 73.

“I think guys like Dustin Johnson could probably get back into it. Nobody’s running away with it right now,” Wynn Las Vegas sports book director Johnny Avello said. “Kuchar’s right there. Stenson. Rory. Phil. Rickie’s another guy who can string together a few birdies. Louis Oosthuizen. Justin Rose. All these guys can make moves.”

Big bets on Tiger

Woods hit his opening drive into the trees as bettors lost on the prop that his first-round tee shot would end up in the fairway (minus 140). He was 2 over and in danger of blowing up when his tee shot on No. 12 landed in Rae’s Creek. But he saved bogey and made two birdies the rest of the way to all but ensure he’ll make the cut.

A South Point bettor placed a $30,000 wager on Woods at 8-1 and a Wynn bettor made a $10,000 bet on Woods at 8-1 as part of an avalanche of futures wagers.

“I think a guy was trying to bet Tiger all over town,” Avello said. “I didn’t expect Tiger to go out there and birdie hole after hole like Spieth did. I don’t think he had it in him. His putting and short game are OK, but he doesn’t look as confident off the tee.”

Avello said he took separate $5,000 wagers to win $110,000 on Mickelson, $150,000 on Marc Leishman and $175,000 on Kuchar, and a $10,000 bet to win $160,000 on Justin Rose.

“This has been a Masters like no other as far as futures betting,” Avello said. “We had guys betting ($5,000) and ($10,000) a pop on golfers ranging from 10-1 to 40-1. Crazy bets.”

Finau finds footing

A CG Technology bettor placed $1,000 on Finau at 66-1 odds. The Salt Lake City native dislocated his ankle Wednesday while celebrating a hole-in-one in the Par-3 contest. He popped it back into place on the spot and wasn’t sure if he would play in his first Masters until he had an MRI on Thursday morning. Sherman moved his odds from 80-1 to 100-1 after the injury but has since adjusted them to 30-1.

“The biggest surprise was Tony Finau after what he did to his ankle,” Sherman said. “I didn’t even know if he was going to tee off.”

Major meltdown

Another surprise was Sergio Garcia’s spot-on impression of “Tin Cup.” The defending Masters champion put five balls into the water on No. 15 en route to an octuple-bogey 13 — the highest score on that hole in the event’s 82-year history.

“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Sherman said. “One hole and you take yourself right out of the tournament.”

Contact reporter Todd Dewey at tdewey@reviewjournal.com. Follow @tdewey33 on Twitter.

ad-high_impact_4
Sports Betting Spotlight Videos
Sports Betting Spotlight: College Football Week 8
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and John Lukasik pick their best bets for week 8 of the college football season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: NFL Week 7
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and John Lukasik pick their best bets for week 7 of the NFL football season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: College Football Week 7
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and John Lukasik pick their best bets for week 7 of the college football season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: College Week 6
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and John Lukasik pick their best bets for week 6 of the college football season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: NFL Week 5
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and John Lukasik pick their best bets for week 5 of the NFL football season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: College Week 5
Todd Dewey and John Lukasik go over their picks for week five of college football.
Sports Betting Spotlight: NFL Week 4
Todd Dewey and John Lukasik go over their picks for week four of the NFL.
Sports Betting Spotlight: College Football Week 4
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and The Cromwell sports book director, John Lukasik go over their picks for week four of college football.
Sports Betting Spotlight: NFL Week 3
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and The Cromwell sports book director, John Lukasik go over their picks for week three of the NFL.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Canelo vs. GGG
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and The Linq Hotel sports book director, John Lukasik go over the lines and their picks for Canelo vs. GGG 2.
Sports Betting Spotlight: College Football Week 3
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and The Linq Hotel sports book director, John Lukasik go over their picks for week three of college football.
Sports Betting Spotlight: NFL Week 2
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and The Linq Hotel sports book director, John Lukasik go over their picks for week two of the NFL.
Sports Betting Spotlight: NFL Week 1
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Matt Holt go over their picks for week one of the NFL.
Sports Betting Spotlight: College Week 2
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and USIntegrity president Matt Holt goes over their picks for week two of college football.
Sports Betting Spotlight: New York Giants
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito go over the lines for the 2018 New York Giants season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: New York Giants
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito go over the lines for the 2018 New York Giants season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Buffalo Bills
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito go over the lines for the 2018 Buffalo Bills season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: New York Jets
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito go over the lines for the 2018 New York Jets season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Miami Dolphins
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito go over the lines for the 2018 Miami Dolphins season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Atlanta Falcons
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the Atlanta Falcons will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Carolina Panthers
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the Carolina Panthers will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: New England Patriots
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito go over the lines for the 2018 New England Patriots season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Description: Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: New Orleans Saints
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the New Orleans Saints will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Houston Texans
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the Houston Texans will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Tennessee Titans
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the Titans will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Indianapolis Colts
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the Indianapolis Colts will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Jacksonville Jaguars
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the Jacksonville Jaguars will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Detroit Lions
Sports Betting Spotlight host Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and CG Analytics Oddsmaker Will Bernanke go over the odds for the Detroit Lions 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Chicago Bears
Sports Betting Spotlight host Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and CG Analytics Oddsmaker Will Bernanke go over the odds for the Chicago Bears 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Green Bay Packers
Sports Betting Spotlight host Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and CG Analytics Oddsmaker Will Bernanke go over the odds for the Green Bay Packers 2018 season.
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like