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Masters golf 2019: Fun facts, Rory McIlroy leads best bets

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Alex Butler
Tiger Woods (L) has +1400 odds at winning the 2019 Masters, while Justin Thomas sits at +1800, according to Bovada. Woods and Thomas tee off with the field Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Tiger Woods (L) has +1400 odds at winning the 2019 Masters, while Justin Thomas sits at +1800, according to Bovada. Woods and Thomas tee off with the field Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

April 9 (UPI) -- Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win the 2019 Masters. UPI has you covered with more best bets to win the tournament and some fun facts from Augusta National.

The tournament tees off Thursday with the first round. Golfers flock to the fairways Wednesday for the annual Par 3 event.

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Patrick Reed returns to the course as the defending champion. Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and many other Green Jacket holders will also tee off.

But McIlroy, who has never won the tournament, opens with +700 odds to capture his first Green Jacket, according to Bovada. Dustin Johnson, who also has yet to win at Augusta, has the second-best odds at +1000. Read below for most Masters odds.

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Fun Facts

Did you know Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are the two richest members of Augusta National Golf Club? The billionaires have a combined net worth of $182.9 billion, according to WalletHub. Diana Murphy, Condoleezza Rice, Darla Moore and Ginni Rometty are four of the female members at the club, which includes 300 total members. Augusta National's reported initiation fee is $30,000, with $2,000 in annual dues. Dwight Eisenhower is the only U.S. president to have been a member at the club.

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It has been more than 5,100 days since Tiger Woods won at the Masters. Nearly 4,000 days have passed since Woods' last major victory. He watched his annual endorsement income dip $27 million from 2010 to 2017, according to WalletHub. Woods' net worth increased $309 million from 2010 to 2018. Woods is 29 years old, while the average age of the world's top-10 golfers is 29. Only six golfers have won the Masters at 40 years old or older, including Jack Nicklaus in 1986.

It costs $250 and takes a month to produce a Green Jacket. The average ticket price for this year's tournament starts at $2,619 on Thursday. Friday's second round has an average price of $2,544, Saturday's third round is $2,250 and the final round is $2,523. Ticket sales added up to an estimated revenue of more than $35 million in 2017.

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While the tickets might be pricey, the concession prices are clutch. Beer is the most expensive item on the menu at $5 for an import or craft selection. You can get an egg salad or pimento cheese sandwich for just $1.50.

While the gallery feasts on favorably priced food, the defender Masters champion is tasked with picking the menu for a Masters week winner's gala. Sergio Garcia had an international salad, a lobster rice and his wife's tres leches cake. Jordan Spieth served a salad to kick off his meal in 2016. Spieth also had Texas barbecue and warm chocolate chip cookies.

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Those golfers are fighting for a total purse of $11 million at the 2019 Masters. The winner takes home $1.98 million, while the runner-up gets $1.19 million. The winning caddie gets a 10 percent cut of the winner's share.

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The golf industry has a $2.4 billion estimated impact on Georgia's economy, according to WalletHub. An estimated 57,000 jobs in Georgia are supported by the sport. About 90 percent of the world's golf carts at made in the state. There is more than $120 million in impact on the Augusta-area economy, due to the Masters.

More Masters Odds

Tiger Woods +1400

Justin Rose +1400

John Rahm +1600

Jordan Spieth +1800

Justin Thomas +1800

Rickie Fowler +1800

Francesco Molinari +2200

Brooks Koepka +2500

Paul Casey +2500

Tommy Fleetwood +2500

Jason Day +2800

Bryson DeChambeau +3300

Bubba Watson +3300

Hideki Matsuyama +3300

Adam Scott +4000

Louis Oosthuizen +4000

Phil Mickelson +4000

Tony Finau +4000

Xander Schauffele +4000

Matt Kuchar +4500

Marc Leishman +5000

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Patrick Reed +5000

Sergio Garcia +5000

Henrik Stenson +6000

Kevin Kisner +6600

Patrick Cantlay +6600

Cameron Smith +8000

Charley Hoffman +8000

Gary Woodland +8000

Ian Poulter +8000

Webb Simpson +8000

Brandt Snedeker +10000

Rafael Cabrera +10000

Si Woo Kim +10000

Matt Wallace +12500

Charl Schwartzel +15000

J.B. Holmes +15000

Zach Johnson +15000

Danny Willett +17500

Vijay Singh +50000

Fred Couples +50000

Angel Cabrera +100000

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