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Masters Preview – Who Will Challenge for the Green Jacket?

Written by Matt Stevens   
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 20:13

The Masters 2010 Betting OddsThe Masters odds have some of the usual cast of characters at the top including Tiger Woods at 7 and 2, Jim Furyk at 25 to 1 and Phil Mickelson at 10 to 1. The Furyk odds seem a little high considering how he has played, but Mickelson and Woods always perform well in majors.

The sportsbook makers take a lot into account when figuring odds for the Masters, and sometimes being a fan favorite is one of those things. As an example you can look at the year that Phil Mickelson is having. He has made the cut in all seven tournaments he has entered, but his best finish is tied for eighth at the Pebble Beach Pro Am. His scoring average is above 70 and he is 38th on the Fedex Cup list. Those are hardly the numbers to justify 10 to 1 odds at the Masters.

When the online sports betting begins to pick up for the Masters, it makes sense to look at players that have performed well so far this year as opposed to relying on sentimental favorites. A good example of a player to watch is Anthony Kim. In his first six tournaments of 2010 Kim has made the cut all six times, has a win and a second place finish and is second in the Fedex Cup standing. His scoring average is below 70 and he is a 20 to 1 favorite to win.

 

Another top player going into the tournament is Camilo Villegas. Villegas has a win this season, a third place finish, a scoring average below 70 and is fifth on the Fedex Cup standings. He is also a 25 to 1 favorite to win the tournament. At only 28 years old Villegas has really picked up his game and is currently ranked 12th in the world.

If you bet NBA games then you may be used to betting on a team name as opposed to looking at the actual performance of a team. Tiger Woods is the Los Angeles Lakers of the PGA tour. No matter how he plays, just like the Lakers, he will always be thought of as a sports dynasty. He has earned that right, but there are a lot of question marks surrounding his entry into the 2010 Masters.

Tiger comes into the tournament as a 7 to 2 favorite to win. He is the top pick by odds makers to win the Masters this year. To guys like Furyk, Villegas and Kim who have been playing since the season started that almost does not seem fair. In the world golf rankings Tiger is still ranked number one by a large margin. All of this comes from the experience the golf world has in watching Tiger block out the rest of the world and play the best golf on the tour. Can he do that again this year? With Tiger it can be difficult to tell.

Prior to Masters week there have not been reports of Tiger playing practice rounds anywhere, he has not been seen on a driving range and it does not appear that he has put any work into his game so far this year. With the media microscope on Tiger, if he was golfing we would know. The Masters may not be the major he wins this year, but he will establish the reasons why he remains so highly ranked even after missing the first part of the season.

 
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