Rory backed for glory
Thirty-eight per cent of Sky Sports readers believe Rory McIlroy will win this year's Masters.
By Reid Dawson
Last Updated: 27/03/12 4:36pm
Thirty-eight per cent of Sky Sports readers believe Rory McIlroy will win this year's Masters in Augusta.
Tiger Woods finished second with 36 per cent of the vote even though online betting company Sky Bet have cut the four-time Masters champion to 4/1 favourite.
McIlroy is 9/2 to win the first major of the year and takes good form into the tournament. He won the Honda Classic in Florida less than a month ago and with that enjoyed a brief stint as world number one, the second youngest of all time.
Woods also carries good form ahead of The Masters after he claimed his first PGA Tour win since 2009 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week. The victory also lifted Woods back up to number six in the world rankings.
Woods has won the green jacket four times but his last victory came back in 2005. His American compatriot Phil Mickelson is third favourite to win the tournament at 12/1.
Mickelson is playing with confidence and has four majors to his name, with three of them coming at Augusta, the last of which was achieved in 2010.
Luke Donald re-established himself as world number one after he won the Transitions Championship in Florida and is 14/1 to win his first major. The last player to win The Masters as world number one was Woods back in 2002.
Another popular choice among readers is Lee Westwood. Westwood, who is 16/1 to win at Augusta, has six top-three finishes in the majors since 2008 and will be looking to finally land his maiden major win.
Other men in the hunt for the title include last year's winner Charl Schwartzel, Englishman Justin Rose and 2011 joint runner up Adam Scott who are all seen as outsiders at 33/1.
Sky Bet's golf trader John Rhodes believes that it could be anybody's tournament to win.
He said: "Obviously McIlroy will be desperate to banish last year's final day meltdown and go one better, but there are so many top names who could win.
"Tiger is hitting form at the right time, Mickelson is always in contention at Augusta and British duo Luke Donald and Lee Westwood could win their first major at any point."