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Here’s a look at the current odds to win the 2012 Masters with five OSU guys included.

The Favorites

Tiger Woods – 4/1
Rory McIlroy – 5/1
Phil Mickelson – 8/1
Field (Any Other Golfer) – 12/1

Tiger is dumb money at 4/1. This isn’t 2002 anymore. I’m not saying he’s not going to win but 4/1 isn’t good enough for me to put any kind of cash down whatsoever.

The “uhh, shouldn’t they have won one of these by now” group
Luke Donald – 15/1
Lee Westwood – 18/1

I feel for Westwood, I really do. I hope if he wins one though, that it’s the British. It will mean more to him and to everyone else as well.

The “these guys are definitely good enough and playing well enough to win it” group
Adam Scott – 25/1
Keegan Bradley – 30/1
Justin Rose – 30/1
Bubba Watson – 30/1
Dustin Johnson – 30/1
Hunter Mahan – 35/1

You can make the case that Mahan is the hottest player on Tour right now. Give me every dollar of that 35/1 spot.

The “WTF happened last year” group
Charl Schwartzel – 35/1

I’m still reeling from his birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie finish last year.

The “we don’t totally believe in them but we wouldn’t be stunned if they won it either” group
KJ Choi – 40/1
Jason Day – 40/1
Nick Watney – 40/1
Aaron Baddeley – 40/1
Sergio Garcia – 40/1
Brandt Snedeker – 50/1
Matt Kuchar – 50/1
Steve Stricker – 50/1
Graeme McDowell – 50/1
Webb Simpson – 50/1

Strange group here. Choi, Watney, Day, Stricker, and Snedeker have all finished in the top ten before. Baads has never finished better than 17, but he already has four top 25s this year. Sergio hasn’t finished better than 35th since 2004 (when he finished 4th). McDowell is the only one to have one a major. And Simpson has never played Augusta. [throws hands up in the air and refuses to gamble].

The OSU group
Rickie Fowler – 60/1
Bo Van Pelt – 60/1
Bill Haas – 60/1
Martin Kaymer – 60/1

Last year was BVP’s first trip to Augusta and he finished 8th and he has four top tens already this year. What am I missing here? Is this not a pretty good value play?

Fowler, on the other hand, has been reeling for a while now. Only one top ten and two top 25s this year, including a T63 in Houston after shooting a 77 yesterday. He’s teetering on the bring of the Kournikova Zone (all hype, no Ws) but he also has the game (him and Jason Dufner are widely considered the two best players on Tour without a win).

Could this be the week?

The “These guys have been good in the past but aren’t that great now” group
Ian Poulter – 80/1
Jim Furyk – 80/1
Geoff Ogilvy – 80/1
Padraig Harrington – 80/1

Friend and I decided yesterday that Furyk’s swing and Rory’s swing are the opposite of each other.

Everybody else
Trevor Immelman 100/1
Charles Howell III 100/1
Zach Johnson 100/1
Paul Casey 100/1
Louis Oosthuizen 100/1
Fred Couples 100/1
Jason Dufner 100/1
Ben Crane 125/1
Jonathan Byrd 125/1
David Toms 125/1
Robert Karlsson 125/1
Vijay Singh 150/1
Angel Cabrera 150/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 200/1
Rory Sabbatini 200/1
Lucas Glover 200/1
Stewart Cink 200/1
Patrick Cantlay 250/1
Camilo Villegas 250/1
Scott Verplank 250/1
Chad Campbell 250/1
Jhonattan Vegas 250/1
Ricky Barnes 250/1
Harrison Frazar 250/1
Mike Weir 250/1
Jose Maria Olazabal 250/1
Tom Watson 250/1
Mark OMeara 250/1
Anthony Kim 250/1
JB Holmes 250/1
Ryan Moore 250/1
Robert Allenby 250/1
Tim Clark 250/1
Darren Clarke 50/1

I love following Scotty V. on the course, mostly because everybody else is busy with Tiger, Phil, Fred, etc. His best finish came back in 2003 (T8) and the reality is that he’s not going to finish the top 20 and will probably be lucky to make the cut.

Pair him with Adam Scott or Dustin Johnson though, give me a $2 beer and pimiento cheese sandwich, and let me follow them for 18 and I’m a happy man.

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