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Masters Odds Weekend Update

Tiger Woods may still be the favorite, but it’s two Englishmen who share the lead as the weekend begins at The Masters Ian Poulter tied Chad Campbell for the best score in the second round at four-under to take a share of the lead heading into Saturday’s third round. The score didn’t help Campbell much, though, as his awful opening round left him tied for 40th and he just barely made the cut.

Sharing the lead with Poulter is countryman Lee Westwood. Westwood shot three-under for the round and like Poulter will be in search of his first major victory this weekend. On the latest Masters odds Westwood is getting slightly better odds at 9/2, while Poulter checks in at 4/1. Neither Poulter nor Westwood has come close to wearing the green jacket before. Poulter’s best finish at Augusta was tying for 13th in 2007, while Westwood’s best finish at The Masters was in 2008 when he tied for 11th.

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As good as Poulter and Westwood have been so far they haven’t been good enough to get Tiger off their backs. Woods is on the prowl, currently tied with four others golfers in third place at six-under par. With first place well within reach Woods is a 5/2 tournament favorite. Judging by where he stood heading into the third round when he won his previous four green jackets Woods should like his standing. Out of his four Masters wins Woods only led heading into the third round once, when he captured his first title in 1997. His standing heading into the third round during his other wins were third in 2005, tied for fourth in 2002, and tied for second in 2001.

The other four golfers currently sharing third place with Woods are mostly well-known names, but only one has won a major before - K.J. Choi, Ricky Barnes, Anthony Kim, and Phil Mickelson. Mickelson is obviously the lone major winner, and he has two Masters titles. He’s also receiving the best odds from the group at 5/1. He’s followed by Kim at 9/1 and Choi at 10/1, while Barnes is well back on the list at 33/1.