The most anticipated golf tournament in recent memory begins on Thursday as the 2010 Masters gets underway. The tournament is all about the return of Tiger Woods and he is the favorite in golf odds at SBG Global. There are three golfers at SBG with single-digit odds. Tiger is 3.5 to 1; Phil Mickelson is 8-1 while Ernie Els is 9-1. Last year it was Angel Cabrera winning a playoff against Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell. Perry blew the tournament as he had a two-shot lead with two holes left but bogeyed 17 and 18.
Tiger may be getting all of the attention but he has not won the Masters since 2005. The last four winners have been Cabrera, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson and Mickelson. Woods is the player making all of the news though since this will be the first time he has played in 144 days. Woods has cleared the air and admitted his infidelity and now he says he is ready to play again. “The major odds championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played.” Woods said. The stats back him up as only once in his career has he finished outside the Top 20.
Last year the Masters had 16 players finish with a score of 5-under par or better. The previous three years that had not been the case. At over 7,400 yards, Augusta National is a very tough course. Length is important and putting is critical.
A stat to consider when looking for the winner of the Masters is Greens in Regulation. Staying out of the rough is very important at Augusta. Tiger is the favorite but taking him at 3.5 to 1 golf odds is a huge risk considering he hasn’t played in about five months. Ernie Els is playing as well as any golfer in the world and probably should be the favorite. Mickelson is always popular but he has not played that well this season. Other contenders are Retief Goosen, Steve Stricker and Paul Casey. Stricker is the second ranked player in the world. He is not getting much respect on the odds board and is a good value at 20-1. If you are looking for a longshot that is getting some respect then take a shot with Charl Schwartzel. He has played well this season and looks to be a rising star on the PGA Tour.