Masters action report: Double down on Morikawa

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The opening round of the Masters is not yet complete, but the betting landscape for the year's final major has already undergone a makeover.

While Bryson DeChambeau teed off as a +750 favorite according to oddsmakers at PointsBet Sportsbook, and Paul Casey grabbed the early lead with a 7-under 65, neither player now tops the futures market. That distinction belongs to Justin Thomas, who teed off at +1200 and promptly played his first 10 holes in 5 under.

Thomas will return to the course Friday morning to complete the final eight holes of his opening round, and he's now listed as a +525 betting favorite ahead of world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who is 3 under through nine holes.

Revised odds to win

+525: Justin Thomas

+700: Dustin Johnson

+1200: Xander Schauffele

+1400: Jon Rahm

+1500: Bryson DeChambeau

+2000: Tiger Woods, Paul Casey

+2200: Matthew Wolff

+2500: Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson

+2800: Hideki Matsuyama

+3000: Patrick Reed, Patrick Cantlay

+4000: Tony Finau

+5000: Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose

+6000: Brooks Koepka, Tyrrell Hatton

Thomas will face the difficult 11th hole when play resumes at 7:30 a.m. ET Friday, but he'll also have a pair of par-5 birdie holes ahead of him. It creates a compelling race to see if he'll catch or surpass Casey for the lead when the opening round officially concludes, with oddsmakers giving the Englishman a slight edge:

Odds to lead after Round 1

+110: Paul Casey (-7, F)

+167: Justin Thomas (-5 through 10)

+900: Adam Scott (-4 through 10)

+1000: Dustin Johnson (-3 through 9)

+2000: Dylan Frittelli (-4 through 9)

+2200: Matthew Wolff (-4 through 11)

+3300: Justin Rose (-3 through 9), Rickie Fowler (-3 through 11)

Prices have already fluctuated on several players near the top of the lead, including Casey who teed off at +8000 and is now sitting at a quarter of the price after taking an early lead. Not surprisingly, Tiger Woods received the most (15.3 percent) live bets at PointsBet during his bogey-free 68, and his odds tumbled from +5000 to +2000 as a result.

DeChambeau's odds went the other way during a turbulent round of 2-under 70. An early double bogey on No. 13 appeared to knock the U.S. Open champ out of sorts, and his odds went from +750 to +1700 after just nine holes. But he steadied the ship from there and is now within striking distance, five behind Casey and still among the top betting favorites. DeChambeau (7.8 percent) was behind only Woods in terms of live bets received during the opening round.

The live market also saw significant action around the current PGA champ, Collin Morikawa. Morikawa won the first major of the year at TPC Harding Park in August and is one of 26 players making their Masters debuts this week. He teed off at +3000 odds, and a bettor placed $4,500 on him at that price during the round. The same bettor followed up later in the round with another $12,000 wager on Morikawa at +2200, and the two bets combined would net a $399,000 payout if Morikawa wins.

But the 23-year-old made two bogeys late in the afternoon and was Even through 10 holes when play was suspended because of darkness. Trailing Casey by seven shots, he's now listed at +8000 heading into Friday's action.

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