Phil Mickelson has won the Masters three times in his career, in 2005, 2006, and 2010. Many golf fans likely remember that first win back in 2004, which was Mickelson’s first-career Major championship win, after coming so close many times.
Nine years later, Mickelson will return to Augusta next week for the playing of the 2013 Masters. He is certainly among the top favorites coming to a place he has a history of playing well. Lefty won earlier in the 2013 season at Phoenix, but has not been in contention much since.
Still, players who have contended at Augusta know that this course is more about knowing where to place the ball based on experience. Certainly hitting the ball well helps, but you can bet that Mickelson can get a good score out of a poor ball striking day here.
Oddsmakers expect Mickelson to be a top contender at the 2013 Masters. In fact, he is behind only Tiger Woods on the betting lines to win the 2013 Masters available at Bovada Sportsbook. Lefty has been set at 10 to 1 to win his fourth green jacket. That would put him in a tie for the second-most wins all-time with Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods.
Of course, Mickelson comes in behind Woods on the list of favorites Woods is tops on the list of odds to win the Masters this year, and for good reason. He is back to No.1 in the world and has won three times in five starts this season.
But if there is one player on the planet who can stare Woods down when he is playing well, it would have to be Mickelson.
And it would be really cool if it happened at Augusta this week.
Back in 2011, Woods and Mickelson were paired with each other on the final day at Augusta, and dazzled the crowd for the front-nine. Woods shot a 33 while Mickelson a 31. It was Lefty who went low on that day, narrowly missing out on another green jacket.
At 10 to 1 this week, we think that is a solid payout for a three-time winner here, and could be a nice profit to make. It’s because of the fact that Woods is such a big favorite, that there is room for others to make a big payout should they win, because oddsmakers are obviously expecting Woods to win his first Masters since 2005.