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.
Currently, Westwood sits at one shot ahead of Louis Oosthuizen (16/1 to win the whole thing) of South Africa and Peter Hanson (28/1 to win the whole thing) of Sweden. Beyond that – seven others are currently two shots behind Westwood at 3-under par. Among those seven players: Scotland’s Paul Lawrie (50/1 to win the whole thing) and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez (50/1 to win the whole thing), the latter of whom will square off against Tiger Woods (7/1 to win the whole thing) in a head to head matchup on Friday.
Speaking of Woods, the favorite heading into this year’s Masters at Augusta finished the day with back-to-back bogeys, but it wasn’t all good news for golf’s biggest star. Despite his late run, he managed the same round one result as defending champion Scharl Schwartzel (50/1 to win the whole thing) – even-par 72.
Slow starts proved to be the story of the day for the other two favorites coming out of Thursday, too. Rory McIlroy (11/2 to win the whole thing) finished the day with back-to-back birdies for a 1-under par 71. Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson (25/1 to win the whole thing) and Luke Donald (40/1 to win the whole thing) finished at two-over par 74 and 75, respectively.
Day one certainly changed a lot of people’s perceptions about how this tournament will ultimately play out – it’ll be interesting to see what Friday holds.
Revised Odds To Win 2012 Masters From Beginning Of Second Round
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