Morning Read staff report
Las Vegas oddsmakers like what they see in Rory McIlroy this spring and have improved his odds of winning an elusive Masters green jacket.
McIlroy shot the lowest rounds on the weekend, 65-69, to climb into a tie for fourth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla. With the Masters only two weeks away, McIlroy improved Sunday to an 8-1 choice to win the green jacket and complete the career Grand Slam. McIlroy had been listed at 10-1.
Jordan Spieth, the 2015 Masters champion who blew a five-stroke lead on the back nine of last year’s event, continues to top the Vegas odds at 6-1. Dustin Johnson, the reigning U.S. Open champion, is second at 7-1, followed by McIlroy.
Jason Day is a 12-1 choice, followed by Hideki Matsuyama (15-1), Justin Rose (20-1) and three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson (20-1). Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Henrik Stenson and Justin Thomas are 25-1 choices. Past Masters champions Adam Scott and Bubba Watson are listed as 30-1 picks with Sergio Garcia.
Tiger Woods, a four-time Masters champion who has been recuperating from back surgery and whose status for the April 6-9 Masters is uncertain, is listed at 100-1.