We’ve got two very different practices going on in PGA Tour Betting Lines. On one hand, oddsmakers seem to be fixated on Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy despite a lack of overwhelming success. Despite better play by lesser-known golfers, the trio are still among the leaders to win the U.S. Open in San Francisco.
On the other hand, some sportsbooks are using recent performances to dictate the rest of the field. Continue reading →
We saw 2010 become the first Players Championship played under par since 1996, and the PGA is doing it’s best to return TPC Sawgrass to it’s grueling personality.
Officials have been busy altering TPC Sawgrass for the Players Championship this week, beefing up the burms on holes 4, 13, 16, 17 and 18 and adding new pin placement. They’ve compensated by trimming the rough from 3 inches to 2.5, but it will still be a really difficult place to play this weekend. Continue reading →
The 2012 Masters at Augusta National opened up in interesting fashion on Thursday. The favorites that everyone envisioned running the show coming in were either ho-hum a la Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, or completely terrible a la Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald. When it was all said and done after one round, Lee Westwood led the field with a 5-under par 67. Continue reading →
England golf hero Lee Westwood proved to be the big winner when it was all said and done on the first of the 2012 Masters at Augusta National. Westwood, someone who was taken relatively lightly by a lot of people (although everyone respected him, nobody gave him much of a shot to win) coming in, took control by the end of round one with a particularly strong back nine. When it was all said and done on Thursday, he shot a 5-under par 67. After one day of action, he is now being listed with 4/1 odds to win The 2012 Masters Tournament. Continue reading →
The current 2012 Masters Betting Odds are clearly rooting for a ratings goldmine at Augusta with Tiger Woods and Rory McElroy atop the ladder. Just behind them is Phil Mickelson, who trampled Woods at Pebble Beach with a 64 on the final day. But, etween the three, only McIlroy has won any of the last four majors, although Tiger’s near-triumphant rally in Georgia’s Garden last year could have put him on that list. Continue reading →
As we’ve learned from this year’s build-up, The Masters routinely gives us some of the most dramatic story lines in golf before the players even hit the course. What, with Hank Haney’s tell-all book on Tiger Woods, the sizzling climb of some of the game’s youngest golfers and course conditions Phil Mickelson claims will make the tournament a “birdie-fest”.
True, writers have already crafted their storylines, and oddsmakers have already made it known who they would prefer to win the tournament. Continue reading →
Phil Mickelson told the media on Tuesday that he was perparing for a “birdie-fest” at The Masters this year. He should know, winning the tournament three times and finishing in the top-5 in several others.
The course is soft, yet not it’s intimidating discructive self.
“It seems that some of the planning I have made may go by the wayside,” he said. “As soft as the golf course is, you can fire at a lot of pins.” Continue reading →
This year’s 2012 Masters at Augusta National is intriguing on a number of levels, but the most interesting showdown without question will be the one between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Despite the fact that McIlroy has largely dominated the competition this year en route to a No. 1 ranking, Woods was able to instantly become the favorite at golf’s biggest event following one win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. A win mind you, that came against a field that didn’t include McIlroy. Look for the youngster to aim to make a statement against his more seasoned counterpart in this one. Woods is listed at -120 and McIlroy is listed at -110 in a Masters head to head matchup. Continue reading →
As interesting as this year’s 2012 Masters at Augusta National promises to be, even a tournament with this much history and this much
excitement surrounding it will end up being far more entertaining if spectators get to see a hole in one. It is the single most beloved occurrence in golf (because of its obvious rarity), and it is an undeniable treat for all in attendance whenever it wounds up happening. Continue reading →