Spieth installed as Masters favorite, Woods 100/1

By Will GrayAugust 14, 2017, 3:21 pm

The countdown to the 2018 Masters has officially begun, and according to Las Vegas, Jordan Spieth will once again be the man to beat next spring.

Hours after Justin Thomas lifted the Wanamaker Trophy at Quail Hollow Club, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook published betting odds for the Masters, which kicks off in a mere 234 days. While odds are sure to shift in the coming months, Spieth starts out as a 7/1 favorite, followed closely by Dustin Johnson (8/1) and Rory McIlroy (10/1).

Defending champ Sergio Garcia is among a quartet of players at 30/1, while four-time Masters champ Tiger Woods headlines the group listed at 100/1. Woods has not played competitively since withdrawing from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February, and he has played the Masters only once since 2013.

Here's a look at the betting odds for several of the contenders:

7/1: Jordan Spieth

8/1: Dustin Johnson

10/1: Rory McIlroy

15/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day

20/1: Jon Rahm, Justin Rose

25/1: Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Paul Casey

40/1: Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Thomas Pieters

50/1: Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen

60/1: Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Daniel Berger, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood

80/1: Kevin Kisner, Marc Leishman

100/1: Tiger Woods, Alex Noren, Branden Grace, J.B. Holmes, Russell Henley, Rafael Cabrera Bello, Martin Kaymer, Jimmy Walker, Ryan Moore, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Bill Haas, Kevin Chappell, Zach Johnson, Gary Woodland, Charley Hoffman, Tony Finau, Ian Poulter, Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele

125/1: Jason Dufner, Brian Harman

150/1: Danny Willett, Shane Lowry, Emiliano Grillo, Tyrrell Hatton, Adam Hadwin, Si Woo Kim, Patrick Cantlay, Bud Cauley, Billy Horschel, Bernd Wiesberger, Russell Knox, Brendan Steele, Kevin Na, Pat Perez

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.