Jordan Spieth came up short at the PGA Championship, but he left Whistling Straits as the new world No. 1 and can now take solace in the fact that he is the betting favorite to go back-to-back at the Masters in April.
With 233 days until the first round at Augusta National, Jeff Sherman of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has already compiled his list of odds for the first major of 2016. Topping Sherman's list is Spieth at 5-1, followed by world No. 2 Rory McIlroy, who will have a second crack at completing the career Grand Slam next spring.
Fresh off his major breakthrough, Jason Day is listed at 10-1, while Dustin Johnson and two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson each begin with 15-1 odds. Four-time winner Tiger Woods comes in at 25-1, while Phil Mickelson is among a group at 30-1 and Tom Watson is listed at 1,000-1 in what will be his final Masters appearance.
With the caveat that these odds are sure to change before the first utterance of "Fore please, now driving," here is a look at how the (potential) field stacks up:
5-1: Jordan Spieth
6-1: Rory McIlroy
10-1: Jason Day
15-1: Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson
30-1: Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson
100-1: Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Angel Cabrera, Luke Donald, Keegan Bradley, Billy Horschel, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Victor Dubuisson, Shane Lowry, Marc Leishman, Tony Finau, Danny Lee
200-1: Padraig Harrington, Steve Stricker, Fred Couples, Brendan Steele, Bernd Wiesberger, Brendon Todd, John Senden, Jamie Donaldson, Byeong-Hun An, Kevin Chappell, Scott Piercy, Kevin Streelman, Will Wilcox, Matt Jones, Tommy Fleetwood, Ollie Schniederjans, Austin Cook, Thorbjorn Olesen, Camilo Villegas, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Anirban Lahiri, Steven Bowditch, Patton Kizzire
300-1: Marc Warren, Thomas Bjorn, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Cameron Tringale, Brendon de Jonge, Brian Harman, Emiliano Grillo, Joost Luiten, Nicolas Colsaerts, Alexander Levy, Shawn Stefani, Boo Weekley, Retief Goosen, Peter Uihlein, Chris Wood, Andy Sullivan, James Morrison, Vijay Sing, Hao-Tong Li
500-1: Jeunghun Wang, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Matt Every, Troy Merritt, Stephen Gallacher, Fabian Gomez, Pablo Larrazabal, Matteo Manassero, Ryo Ishikawa, Stewart Cink, Hiroshi Iwata, Mikko Ilonen, John Rahm, Marcus Kinhult, Maverick McNealy, Trevor Immelman, Mike Weir, Bernhard Langer
2,000-1: Sandy Lyle