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Masters Odds 2014: Breakdown and Analysis of Top Favorites' Chances

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Adam Scott of Australia looks over a green during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIApril 9, 2014

Who has what it takes to win the 2014 Masters?

This year marks the 78th tournament at Augusta National, and the field is full of the world's top-notch golfers. There's a handful of contenders who stand out above the rest, and the tournament odds reflect that notion.

So with the odds in mind, which of these top players have the best chance to take home the green jacket?

Let's break down this year's top five contenders and decide how each will fare at Augusta National.

 

Masters Odds

2014 Masters Top-Contenders' Odds
PlayerOdds
Adam Scott9-1
Rory McIlroy9-1
Phil Mickelson12-1
Jason Day14-1
Matt Kuchar20-1
OddsShark.com

The full list of Masters odds can be found at OddsShark.com.

 

Predictions

Adam Scott (9-1)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Adam Scott of Australia hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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It's extremely difficult to win the Masters. It's even more difficult to win it twice. It's nearly impossible to win it in consecutive years. Scott is the favorite this year; however, he has a tough road ahead.

The world's No. 2 player is playing some fantastic golf lately—that certainly bodes well for his chance to repeat.

Through five events, he's recorded two top-10 finishes and recently finished third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Scott started hot there, shooting a 62 in the first round; however, he faltered on Sunday, finishing the tournament with a 76.

Scott must play more consistent golf if he is to don the green jacket once again this year. Still, he should find himself in the mix on the weekend.

Prediction: Top-10 finish

 

Rory McIlroy (9-1)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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McIlroy shares the best odds with Scott this year. He's been on a hot streak in 2014, playing in six events and recording two top-10 finishes and two second-place finishes.

Most recently, his stellar final-round 65 at the Shell Houston Open boosted him up the leaderboard to finish tied for seventh.

McIlroy has played in five Masters so far, making four cuts. His best finish came in 2011, obtaining the 15th position.

If he's going to make his mark, this could be the year for him. He's playing some great golf, and there's no reason to think that won't continue at Augusta National.

Prediction: Top-five finish

 

Phil Mickelson (12-1)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Phil Mickelson of the United States hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Lefty is a bit of a wild card this year.

He's always one of the favorites to take home a green jacket; however, it's still uncertain as to how healthy he is after suffering a strained oblique at the Valero Texas Open.

The injury couldn't have been too severe, as Mickelson recorded a T12 finish at the Shell Houston Open, although the difficulty level of the Masters is a different kind of beast.

Mickelson is a three-time Masters champion, winning the tournament in 2004, 2006 and 2010. He's made 20 of 21 cuts at Augusta National, and he shouldn't have trouble making his 21st this year.

Still, without being in top form, Mickelson could struggle with the deep rough on the winding course.

Prediction: Top-10 finish

 

Jason Day (14-1)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Jason Dufner of the United States hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images

It's safe to say that Day is playing some inspired golf recently.

He's entered just three events this year and has already recorded first- and second-place finishes. His win came at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, topping a star-studded field with some spectacular golf.

Day's weakness is his inexperience at Augusta National. He's only played in the tournament three times, making two cuts. Although, he has found success in the tournament, finishing in second place to Charl Schwartzel—who recorded a brilliant 66 on the final day.

Day has the ability to put up some very low numbers. His current momentum should allow him to continue to do so this year at Augusta.

Prediction: Top-five finish

 

Matt Kuchar (20-1)

HUMBLE, TX - APRIL 06:  Matt Kuchar of the United States celebrates on the green after putting for birdie on the fifteenth hole during the final round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on April 6, 2014 in Humble, Texas.  (Photo by Scot
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Kuchar has been on fire over the past two years at Augusta. He recorded a T2 finish in 2012—his best ever—and finished T8 in 2013.

The world's No. 7 golfer has fared well so far in 2014, recording four top-10 finishes and one second-place finish in eight events. His second-place finish came at the Shell Houston Open when a surging Matt Jones edged him out in a dramatic playoff.

Kuchar has entered the Masters seven times, making six cuts. Over that span, he's recorded 12 rounds under par at Augusta.

Given the strength of his game, and his recent hot streak, Kuchar figures to be heavily in the mix come Sunday.

Prediction: Top-five finish

 

All Masters history statistics courtesy of Masters.com's player list.

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