Rose smells like favorite in Masters final round

Matt Youmans  
VSiN senior editor

April 8, 2017 09:05 PM
Justin Rose goes into the final round of the Masters as the 5-2 favorite on the Westgate’s adjusted odds board.
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A script could not be written much better. Eight golfers enter Sunday with a realistic shot to win the Masters, and the group includes Sergio Garcia, who never has won a major.

There are other big names — Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott — and all sorts of dramatic storylines with a green jacket on the line.

“There’s a bunch of quality guys up there. It’s not like any of those guys are chopped liver,” Westgate golf oddsmaker Jeff Sherman said.

Rose and Garcia are co-leaders at 6 under par, and Rose goes into the final round as the 5-2 favorite on the Westgate’s adjusted odds board. Garcia is the fourth choice at 9-2 odds. Rose and Garcia tee off in the final pairing at 11:45 a.m. PT.

“I sided with Rose pre-tournament,” Sherman said, “so I’m going to stick with him.”

Rose, the Masters runner-up to Spieth in 2015, teed off Thursday at 20-1 odds and was supported by several sharp bettors. He wiped out a five-stroke deficit on the back nine Saturday and finished with a 5-under 67.

The underachieving Garcia, 0-for-73 in majors, has a chance for a career-defining moment. He went into the tournament as a 30-1 shot.

Spieth, who went off as the pre-tournament favorite, is now the second choice at 3-1. The runner-up last year after squandering a five-shot lead on Sunday’s back nine, Spieth is in position to make an historic comeback. He was 10 strokes back after the first round, but his resiliency the past two days has been remarkable. After firing a 68, he’s two shots back.

“Spieth has got a command of that course like nobody else right now,” Sherman said.

Fowler, also seeking a major breakthrough, is one stroke behind the leaders and the third choice at 4-1 odds. He teed off Thursday at 20-1.

And for golf fans in Las Vegas, the UNLV storyline runs deep.

Three former Rebels — Scott, Charley Hoffman and Ryan Moore — remain in the hunt. Hoffman and Moore, who will play together Sunday, are tied with Spieth at 4 under. Hoffman and Moore each went off at 125-1. Now, Moore is 15-1 and Hoffman is 25-1.

Scott, the 2013 Masters winner, is three strokes behind and sitting at 15-1 odds.

Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 winner, is four strokes back and a long shot at 40-1. Schwartzel surged Saturday while Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson faded.

Sherman will be posting live wagering lines at the Westgate throughout Sunday’s round.

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