The Masters might be a few months away, but the bookies are already tipping Rory McIlroy for the title. According to experts at Unibet, McIlroy is the 9/2 favourite for the 2015 tournament, which means if you visited the site's iPad betting app with £10 and lumped it on the Irishman, you'd make a £45 profit.
Of course, just because he's the bookies favourite, it doesn't necessarily mean Mr. McIlroy will run away with the title, but he recently told the BBC that he's ready for the pressure. Noting that his prediction for two major titles in 2014 was spookily true, McIlroy said that his consistency this year has been his biggest achievement.
Augusta will be another chance for the young pro to complete the Grand Slam, but he isn't afraid of the hype. In fact, he's positively ready to "embrace" the pressure and scrutiny he'll inevitably come in for when one of the game's top events gets underway.
Looking Past Rory
Aside from McIlroy, Unibet's iPad betting app has Tiger Woods as the second favourite at 11/1 and Adam Scott a touch outside that at 14/1. Obviously, there will be a number of factors that could affect the betting before the April event gets underway, but so far the odds makers are having a hard time seeing beyond the aforementioned pros.
In fact, such has been the current form of McIlroy et al, that last year's Masters champion, Bubba Watson, is currently struggling to achieve a price better than 20/1 via Unibet's iPad betting app. Despite entering the fold as the defending champion, those with an eye on the market currently don't believe the American's form will be good enough to win him a second title in two years.
Does this mean you should discount Watson and lump your money on McIlroy right now? Probably not. As the competition draws closer the odds are likely to change and while McIlroy might remain the overall favourite, it's likely his odds will drift slightly as the chasing pack's prices shift.