Masters Betting Guide: Spieth the Favorite, Ahead of McIlroy, Johnson, Thomas

Sergio Garcia enters this Masters as the defending champion

Sergio Garcia enters this Masters as the defending champion

If only everyone would quit reminding him.

In an admission of mortality that seems more frequent these days, Woods said, "We're at the tail end of our careers". "So I'm reminded all the time".

It's always a championship around which there is great anticipation because the club's marketing of its own event is genius and it's a chance for players to make history and define careers, just as Sergio Garcia did past year.

Johnson's injury was a freak accident at the worst time. Despite the hype surrounding Woods's quest for a fifth green jacket, he isn't among the favorites to win this time around.

Then 24 hours before he was to tee off, calamity struck. The contest began in 1960, and nobody has ever won it and won the Masters in the same year. It was raining. His son was headed back from day care, so he ran downstairs in his rental home to move the vehicle. He went to the putting green.

"It was just a freak thing, and it happened".

Woods: I always give him a little bit of grief about that. "But still clearly, whenever you lose a playoff in a major, it's one of those moments you look back on and think what might have been". The golfing world found it hard to believe the men, who seemingly couldn't stand each other at the height of their powers, were suddenly best buddies, a relationship repaired over recent Ryder Cup campaigns.

Woods hasn't won anything since his return, but he has looked like winning something in the past couple of months. He came close at Pebble Beach until Ted Potter Jr. beat him in the final round. At the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month though, he produced an absolutely scintillating display on the back nine on Sunday to come from behind and win.

He's not anxious about that, either, because Johnson doesn't worry about much. "I thought we did a good job partnering up", Mickelson said. Starting to swing it a lot better. The golf course, the patrons, the entire atmosphere.

Just don't get the idea there is any additional motivation.

"Why?" he asked. "There's nothing you can do about it".

"I should a have chance to win this week but if I don't it's coming soon", Spieth said Tuesday. "Past year has nothing to do with anything happening right now". He also makes his pick for the green jacket - and it's not one of the top five in the betting.

The first major of the season will be decided when the top PGA Tour players head to Augusta, Georgia, for the 2018 Masters.

Not to be overlooked is Woods, who hasn't won this year but has shown he is plenty capable.

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The Masters Tournament has often been called the Super Bowl of golf as it's the most prestigious of the sport's four major championships.

"Among the players who have a chance to win here this week, Tiger and Phil have so much experience in every set of conditions around this golf course".

Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson, both of whom have been playing well, are at 15-1, followed by Justin Rose, another former major victor who has been playing well, at 16-1. However, he had too much discomfort and made a decision to withdraw from the event. There was nothing he could do about it. He was ranked outside the world's top 400 as recently as December before capturing the Joburg Open.

"So I just wanted to have that walk before tournament week".

"It's you kind of want to figure out the angles, you want to figure out where the misses are, because you can obviously get into some big trouble around the greens if you're in the wrong location". Johnson was on the range Tuesday afternoon trying to sharpen his wedges. Johnson already had plans for Wednesday.

"He's at least double our second-largest liability", Sherman said, citing a potential six-figure loss and also reporting more tickets placed on Woods than any other golfer.

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