2011 Masters Betting Preview
For the first time in more than a decade Tiger Woods isn't the favorite heading into The Masters at Augusta National this week.
Woods may not be the favorite on The Masters odds at Sportsbook.ag, but he's still high on the odds list at +700. That's good enough for second behind tournament favorite and reigning Masters champion Phil Mickelson.
Lefty is a +500 favorite at Sportsbook.ag to add a fourth green jacket to his collection this week. That means roughly 5/1 odds - bet $100 and win $500.
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Last year at Augusta Mickelson shot 16-under over four rounds to best Lee Westwood by three strokes to claim his third green jacket. Making Mickelson an even better pick for the golf betting crowd this weekend is his performance last week at the Shell Houston Open.
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In Houston Mickelson tore up Redstone, shooting a blistering 63 in the third round and a 65 in the final round to finish the tournament 20-under par for a three-stroke victory over Chris Kirk and Scott Verplank. If Mickelson can bring that kind of game to Augusta he could be unbeatable this week.
However, the real wild card this weekend has to be Woods. Tiger has won the Masters four times, so no matter how good or bad he's playing he has to be considered a contender whenever he tees it up at Augusta. Is it worth betting on Woods this weekend considering he has only one Top-10 placing in four tour stops? At +700, yes.
In previous years Woods has drawn minus odds at The Masters and even placing a few bucks on him is worth it in case the old Tiger makes an appearance at Augusta this week.
Where do you go after Mickelson and Woods? After all, the duo has combined to win six of the last 10 green jackets. At Sportsbook.ag the next in line for the oddsmakers is Nick Watney at +1500. Watney has been one of the best players on the tour so far this season.
Watney has cracked the Top 10 in five of six tournaments so far and has one win already, at the WGC-Cadillac Championships at Doral last month. Watney finished seventh at Augusta last season and this could be his time to break through with his first Major win.
Other big names the oddsmakers at Sportsbook.ag are high on this weekend include last year's Masters runner-up Lee Westwood, long hitter Bubba Watson, young stud Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, and the top-ranked golfer in the world Martin Kaymer, all at +2000.
If you're looking for some darkhorse picks that could pay more if an upset occurs on Sunday at Augusta take a close look at Luke Donald at +2500 and Anthony Kim at +3000. Donald tied for third at Augusta back in 2005 and has been lights-out in this year's WGC events against the rest of the world's best golfers.
Kim placed third at last year's Masters, and after a shaky start to the season could be finding his game at just the right time after a solid showing in Houston over the weekend.