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Garcia Wins the Masters in Dramatic Fashion

At long last, Sergio Garcia has finally won his first major. What a time to be alive.

Garcia has been one of golf's best players since he came onto the scene in 1999, but he was never able to win the big one. That changed on Sunday. Garcia bested Justin Rose in a playoff to win the Masters by finishing 9 under on the week.

The Spaniard was a relative long shot, closing at +4000 at Bovada. Garcia had a three-shot lead on the front nine before seeing it evaporate to a one-shot deficit after the 10th hole. At that point it seemed like Garcia was going to come up short again since it had happened too many times before, but he changed the course of history by finishing strong with a birdie on the playoff 18th hole.

One of the best players on the Tour without a major to his name, Garcia has been perennially overlooked in golf's biggest events. It makes sense considering the heartbreak he's endured in the past, but you can expect that to change going forward. For proof, just look at how winning a major has changed the course of Dustin Johnson's career after DJ won the 2016 U.S. Open.

Charl Schwartzel (-6), Matt Kuchar (-5) and Thomas Pieters (-5) rounded out the top five. The next major of the year, the U.S. Open, gets underway at Erin Hills golf course on June 15.

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With the opening day of the 2017 Masters Tournament in the books, an unfamiliar face has risen to the top of odds lists.

Charley Hoffman is now the +500 favorite at Bovada, slightly ahead of Rory McIlroy, who sits at +550. Justin Rose (+1000), Phil Mickelson (+1200), Sergio Garcia (+1600), Jordan Spieth (+1600), Rickie Fowler (+1800), Lee Westwood (+1800), Jon Rahm (+2200) and William McGirt (+2200) round out the top 10 golfers with the likeliest chances to slip on the green jacket on Sunday.

The first round belonged to Hoffman, however. The 40-year-old came out of nowhere to tear up Augusta National under wet and blustery conditions, finishing with a 7-under-par 65. It was one of the greatest opening rounds in Masters history, as the American collected nine birdies with six of them coming in his last eight holes. Hoffman was an astronomical +12500 long shot before the tournament began.

William McGirt (-3), Westwood (-2), Kevin Chappell (-1), Jason Dufner (-1), Matthew Fitzpatrick (-1), Garcia (-1), Russell Henley (-1), Mickelson (-1), Rose (-1) and Andy Sullivan (-1) were the only other men to shoot under par. McIlroy ended the day at even.

The biggest story of Thursday was the withdrawal of Dustin Johnson. The world No. 1, who suffered a back injury when he fell down a staircase at his rented Augusta home on Wednesday, warmed up prior to his tee time but decided he wasn’t fit to participate and walked off the course. That’s bad news for golf fans but great news for the competition, as DJ has been on an absolute tear of late thanks to three straight tournament wins.

The first pairing of Friday, McGirt and Rod Pampling, will get things started at 8 a.m. ET. For all of your Masters-related betting needs, visit our golf page.

2017 Masters Odds

Odds as of April 7 at Bovada

  • Charley Hoffman +500
  • Rory McIlroy +550
  • Justin Rose +1000
  • Phil Mickelson +1200
  • Sergio Garcia +1600
  • Jordan Spieth +1600
  • Rickie Fowler +1800
  • Lee Westwood +1800
  • Jon Rahm +2200
  • William McGirt +2200
  • Jason Day +2500
  • Paul Casey +2800
  • Russell Henley +3300
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick +3300
  • Justin Thomas +3300
  • Jason Dufner +3300
  • Marc Leishman +4000
  • Matt Kuchar +4500
  • Shane Lowry +4500
  • Thomas Pieters +5000
  • Bubba Watson +5500
  • Kevin Chappell +7500
  • Adam Scott +7500
  • Andy Sullivan +8000
  • Soren Kjeldsen +8000
  • Hideki Matsuyama +8000
  • Danny Willett +9000
  • Brooks Koepka +10000
  • Charl Schwartzel +12500
  • Brandt Snedeker +12500
  • Henrik Stenson +15000
  • Alexander Noren +15000
  • Bill Haas +15000
  • Kevin Kisner +15000
  • Ryan Moore +15000
  • Scott Piercy +15000
  • Adam Hadwin +15000
  • Pat Perez +15000
  • Ernie Els +20000
  • Fred Couples +20000
  • Brendan Steele +20000
  • Gary Woodland +20000
  • Chris Wood +25000
  • Louis Oosthuizen +25000
  • Rafael Cabrera Bello +25000
  • Jimmy Walker +30000
  • Webb Simpson +30000
  • Patrick Reed +30000
  • Daniel Berger +30000
  • Ross Fisher +30000
  • Branden Grace +30000
  • Yuta Ikeda +35000
  • James Hahn +40000
  • Bernhard Langer +40000
  • Daniel Summerhays +40000
  • Steve Stricker +40000
  • Rod Pampling +50000
  • Russell Knox +50000
  • Sean O'Hair +50000
  • Byeong-Hun An +50000
  • Hideto Tanihara +50000
  • Bernd Wiesberger +50000
  • Hudson Swafford +50000
  • Tommy Fleetwood +50000
  • Zach Johnson +50000
  • Kevin Na +50000
  • Si-Woo Kim +75000
  • J.B. Holmes +75000
  • Billy Hurley III +75000
  • Tyrrell Hatton +100000
  • Martin Kaymer +100000
  • Jim Furyk +100000
  • Jhonattan Vegas +100000
  • Larry Mize +100000
  • Stewart Hagestad +100000

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On the opening day of the 2017 Masters Tournament, a new favorite has emerged at sportsbooks.

Jordan Spieth is now the +650 fave at Bovada, with Rory McIlroy (+700), Dustin Johnson (+900), Jason Day (+1600), Rickie Fowler (+1600), Hideki Matsuyama (+1800), Jon Rahm (+2000), Justin Rose (+2200), Phil Mickelson (+2500) and Adam Scott (+2800) rounding out the top 10.

Johnson, who's been the front-runner for the better part of two months, has seen his odds shift due to an accident he suffered at his Augusta rental home on Wednesday. DJ's agent, David Winkle, told reporters the golfer fell down the stairs and awkwardly landed on his lower back. Johnson remains hopeful of playing in the renowned event, but his status is up in the air at this point, with an update expected later in the day.

Spieth's odds have lowered from +800 to the new +650 price as a result. The 23-year-old has three top-two finishes at the Masters in the last three years with a win in 2015. To see why I'm picking Spieth to win it all, check out our expert betting picks piece.

Daniel Summerhays and Russell Henley, the first pairing of the day, get things started at 8 a.m. ET. Enjoy the Masters, everyone.

2017 Masters Odds

Odds as of April 6 at Bovada

  • Jordan Spieth +650
  • Rory McIlroy +700
  • Dustin Johnson +900
  • Jason Day +1600
  • Rickie Fowler +1600
  • Hideki Matsuyama +1800
  • Jon Rahm +2000
  • Justin Rose +2200
  • Phil Mickelson +2500
  • Adam Scott +2800
  • Henrik Stenson +2800
  • Justin Thomas +3300
  • Paul Casey +4000
  • Sergio Garcia +4000
  • Bubba Watson +4500
  • Brandt Snedeker +5000
  • Louis Oosthuizen +5000
  • Marc Leishman +5000
  • Tyrrell Hatton +5000
  • Adam Hadwin +6600
  • Brooks Koepka +6600
  • Russell Henley +6600
  • Daniel Berger +7500
  • Lee Westwood +7500
  • Alexander Noren +8000
  • Bill Haas +8000
  • Charl Schwartzel +8000
  • Matt Kuchar +8000
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick +8000
  • Patrick Reed +8000
  • Thomas Pieters +8000
  • Tommy Fleetwood +8000
  • Branden Grace +10000
  • Gary Woodland +10000
  • J.B. Holmes +10000
  • Jimmy Walker +10000
  • Ross Fisher +10000
  • Zach Johnson +10000
  • Charley Hoffman +12500
  • Danny Willett +12500
  • Emiliano Grillo +12500
  • Kevin Kisner +12500
  • Bernd Wiesberger +15000
  • Francesco Molinari +15000
  • Jason Dufner +15000
  • Jhonattan Vegas +15000
  • Martin Kaymer +15000
  • Rafael Cabrera Bello +15000
  • Ryan Moore +15000
  • Shane Lowry +15000
  • Soren Kjeldsen +15000

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UPDATE: Dustin Johnson suffered a back injury on Wednesday and is questionable to compete in the Masters as a result.

The Masters Tournament, golf’s most prestigious event, is almost here. With sports bettors bracing for another epic weekend at Augusta, oddsmakers have come to a consensus on who the favorite is.

Dustin Johnson is the +550 front-runner at Bovada, with Rory McIlroy (+700), Jordan Spieth (+800), Hideki Matsuyama (+1800), Rickie Fowler (+1800), Jason Day (+1800), Jon Rahm (+2500), Justin Rose (+2500), Phil Mickelson (+2500) and Henrik Stenson (+3000) rounding out the top 10.

To say Johnson is on fire right now would be a massive understatement. Last Sunday, DJ beat Jon Rahm in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play final to become the first player to win all four World Golf Championships. It was the American’s third successive tournament win after triumphing at the WGC-Mexico and Genesis Open. Needless to say, the world No. 1 deserves to have the favorite label.

The Masters is no walk in the park, though. Just ask Spieth, who seemingly had the tournament in the bag before melting down on the back nine a year ago to literally hand the renowned green jacket to Englishman Danny Willett. Spieth has exorcised those demons and will have a massive chip on his shoulder this time around, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him make another run at the title.

Here’s a look at the book’s full list of odds:

2017 Masters Odds

Odds as of April 5 at Bovada

  • Dustin Johnson +550
  • Rory McIlroy +700
  • Jordan Spieth +800
  • Hideki Matsuyama +1800
  • Rickie Fowler +1800
  • Jason Day +1800
  • Jon Rahm +2500
  • Justin Rose +2500
  • Phil Mickelson +2500
  • Henrik Stenson +3000
  • Justin Thomas +3500
  • Adam Scott +3500
  • Paul Casey +4000
  • Sergio Garcia +4000
  • Bubba Watson +4500
  • Brandt Snedeker +5000
  • Louis Oosthuizen +5000
  • Marc Leishman +5000
  • Tyrrell Hatton +6000
  • Brooks Koepka +6600
  • Russell Henley +6600
  • Daniel Berger +7500
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick +8000
  • Thomas Pieters +8000
  • Charl Schwartzel +8000
  • Patrick Reed +8000
  • Adam Hadwin +8000
  • Lee Westwood +8000
  • Matt Kuchar +8000
  • Tommy Fleetwood +8000
  • Alexander Noren +8000
  • Branden Grace +10000
  • J.B. Holmes +10000
  • Bill Haas +8000
  • Jimmy Walker +10000
  • Danny Willett +12500
  • Gary Woodland +12500
  • Kevin Kisner +12500
  • Zach Johnson +12500
  • Charley Hoffman +12500
  • Emiliano Grillo +12500
  • Martin Kaymer +15000
  • Rafa Cabrera-Bello +15000
  • Ross Fisher +15000
  • Shane Lowry +15000
  • Bernd Wiesberger +15000
  • Jason Dufner +15000
  • Ryan Moore +15000
  • Soren Kjeldsen +15000
  • Francesco Molinari +15000

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