While the excitement over the 77th edition of the Masters has the golf world at a fever pitch, the joy surrounding the first major championship of the year shouldn’t cause fans to wager on golfers guaranteed to cost them money.
The biggest stars in the sport like Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Luke Donald are favorites to make a big impact through the weekend, but each will fail and hurt those that wager on their success.
When the action kicks off—April 11 through April 14 at Augusta National Golf Club—these are the golfers you should be avoiding at the betting window. They will not help you yield a return.
All odds via PaddyPower.com.
Rory McIlroy at 10-to-1
While Rory McIlroy enters the 2013 Masters as one of the top contenders for a green jacket, his lack of success leading into this event and his struggles at Augusta throughout his career make this a risk not worth taking.
At 10-1 odds, the payoff doesn’t outweigh the risk, especially just a few weeks removed from McIlroy’s meltdown at the Honda Classic when the former world No. 1 quit mid-tournament (h/t Daily Mail).
There are still questions about where McIlroy is mentally. The fact that he has never had success at the Masters (best finish was 15th at Augusta) proves this is a bet that those placing wagers should avoid.
Luke Donald at 33-to-1
Despite coming into this weekend as a favorite to contend for the win, Luke Donald is the ultimate feast-or-famine player at the Masters, and bettors must understand this before placing a wager.
There is no discounting Donald’s talents—he's a former world No. 1 and a five-time PGA Tour winner—but with no major championship wins and inconsistent play at Augusta, this is a bet you want to avoid.
Donald has finished in the top 10 three times in his career in the Masters, but when he finishes outside the top 10, he completely falls off the map. With two missed cuts and three finishes 32nd or worse, this is a risk to be wary of this weekend.
Tiger Woods at 9-to-2
The unquestioned favorite heading into the 2013 Masters is the new world No. 1 and four-time green jacket winner Tiger Woods. However, at 9-2 odds, there are smarter ways to spend your money.
While momentum is on his side after huge back-to-back wins at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Cadillac Championship, Woods struggled mightily at the Masters last year, finishing tied for 40th overall.
There is a definite risk betting on Woods at Augusta because of his inconsistencies over the last few years, and the investment bettors would have to make at 9-to-2 in order to see a substantial return is not worth the trouble.