Tiger Woods is the new betting favorite to win the Masters

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Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker onto the ninth green during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Tiger Woods has rapidly emerged as the favorite to win the Masters this year, thanks to an impressive run on the golf course.

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Woods, who fell just shy of a tournament win at the recent Valspar Championship, had another strong performance Thursday in the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, shooting a 68. He drained a 71-foot putt on the 8th hole to briefly take an early lead at Bay Hill. He finished the second round on Friday in a tie for 17th place at 4-under par.

During first-round play, Westgate SuperBook upgraded Woods to 8/1 odds for the 2018 Masters Tournament, according to oddsmaker Jeff Sherman. That puts Woods ahead of Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, who each have 9/1 odds of taking the green jacket.

Woods had 16/1 odds as recently as March 8. Last summer, he opened as a longshot to win the tournament, with odds of around 100/1.

Asked for his reaction to the Masters odds, Woods said, “There’s a lot of gamble-oholics out there,” Golf Digest’s Brian Wacker wrote.

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Woods shook up the prospective leaderboard at Augusta National after turning heads at the Honda Classic and the Valspar Championship, where the four-time Masters champion tied for second and took home $572,000 in prize money. Sherman wrote on Twitter that public support for Woods has driven the move to 8/1. As of Saturday, Woods accounted for 7% of all money wagered with SuperBook, behind only Thomas, Jon Rahm and Johnson.

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