TIGER Woods is to miss the Masters for the first time in 20 years, Phil Mickelson is in serious doubt and Adam Scott's odds have shortened.
Bookies cut defending champion Scott's odds to $8.50 to claim another green jacket at Augusta National on Sunday week after four-time champion Woods was ruled out after undergoing back surgery for a pinched nerve.
The Australian is second favourite behind Rory McIlroy ($7.50) with countryman Jason Day ($15) equal third and their odds will surely drop further if three-time champion Mickelson ($15) follows Woods in withdrawing after being forced to quit during last week's Texas Open due to a back muscle strain.
Woods, a 14-time major winner, released the news of his microdiscectomy surgery on his website.
"After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have this procedure done," Woods said.
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