World No.1 Scheffler Primed for Repeat Victory at 2024 Masters

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The vast, verdant greens of the Augusta National Golf Club, bursting with a sense of deep anticipation and electric fervor, have once more beckoned world champion golfer, Scottie Scheffler, the man currently occupying the coveted throne of world number one. Now, for the second consecutive year, as the leaves of the trailing dogwoods start to sprout, the twenty-seven-year-old superstar walks into the club as the predicted victor of the prestigious Masters.

Scheffler, who ruled the same terrains with his commanding game back in 2022, yet again monopolizes the betting scene for this year’s first major golf event. BetMGM, the leading sportsbook, revealed on the eve of the 2024 Masters that Scheffler is responsible for a whopping 19% of the total money wagered on the occasion. Making him the book’s biggest liability this weekend, more than 14% of betting tickets bear Scheffler’s name.

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Setting the betting odds initially at 9/1, Scheffler’s incredible form caused BetMGM to revise it to 4/1, acknowledging the reigning champion’s overwhelming popularity. Meanwhile, sports merchandise retailer Fanatics reports similar sentiments, with about 15% of the betting amount linked to the player. The book also reflects Scheffler originated bets worth over $1,000.

Even the likes of Dave Portnoy, the Barstool Sports founder, who recently made his fortune by betting on the UConn Huskies in the men’s NCAA March Madness tournament, has invested a hefty $300,000 on Scheffler at Augusta. Breaking ties with his usual conviction, Portnoy made the risky move in partnership with his new affiliate, the online sportsbook DraftKings. As of now, if luck favors Scheffler at Augusta, Portnoy stands to fatten his bank account by almost $1.65 million.

Seizing the 2024 Masters in style would add another feather in the young golfer’s cap. Having recently tasted triumph at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players Championship, Scheffler appears to be at the top of his game. His game at Magnolia Lane has also never disappointed, as he consistently ranked within the top 19 ranks in his past four trips, and secured a tie for the 10th spot just last year.

However, the prospect of Scheffler securing another green jacket could face a hurdle from an unexpected sphere – his personal life. With his wife on the brink of delivery, Scheffler has informed that he would willingly withdraw from the tournament to be by her side.

Nevertheless, he is not the only one facing such competition. The indomitable spirit of Rory McIlroy, boasts a string of dedicated followers that hope to witness the 34-year-old enjoy his first taste of a Masters triumph. A victory would cement McIlroy’s status as the seventh golfer in recorded history to have won the Masters, US Open, the PGA Championship, and the Open Championship.

Finally, despite being past his prime, the iconic Tiger Woods has magnetized a notable betting circle around him. The five-time Masters victor finds his name on 5% of the Fanatics’ tickets, continuing to fuel the dreams of his most loyal fans. Back in 2019, when he clinched the Masters, Woods reminded the world of his indomitable spirit and enduring legacy. One can only wait to see if history will dare to repeat itself.