Rory McIlroy got into gear for The Masters with victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where a brilliant final round of 64 saw him finish three shots clear of the field. It’s been a tough few months for McIlroy, who has missed cuts at Pebble Beach and the Valspar Championship, but his 18/1 success in Florida has pitched him back into the world’s top 10.
The Northern Irishman had ended a troubled 2017 outside the top 10 in the rankings for the first time since 2008, but his 23rd win as a professional will give him renewed confidence as he prepares to challenge for his fifth major title and his first since 2014.
McIlroy has never won at Augusta, but he has reason to be optimistic after finishing in the top 10 in each of the last four years. From a best price of 14/1 on Thursday, he is now the market leader with several firms, with Bet365 quoting a top price of 9/1. Tiger Woods, who shared fifth place on Sunday to continue his run of good form, is at 10/1 with Bet365 and Betfred, while Henrik Stenson’s price has fallen from 66/1 to 40s after his fourth place finish.
|All odds quoted are subject to change|