One of the most exciting golf tournaments lately was a ProAm? Whether it was Bill Murray’s constant comedy routine or the fact that Tiger and Phil back in the hunt to win a tournament, golf was back as an entertaining sport for the average viewer. People still feeling the hangover of the Super Bowl, found that there are still sports out there to watch while baseball season creeps closer.
Two weekends ago, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson finally made golf fun to watch again. The average person can’t even name 3 of the top 5 finishers but they can tell you that Phil Mickelson beat Tiger Woods. It’s like a LeBron fast-break dunk or Albert Pujols clobbering 3 home runs in a World Series game.
We simply love to see the best athletes at the world play at their best. Golf without Tiger and Phil atop the leaderboard is like a dunk contest when Demar Derozan wins. Serious golf enthusiasts who enjoy Dustin Johnson are in the serious minority and I pity them. No? You honestly believe that nothing beats a weekend of stellar play by Lucas Glover and Padraig Harrington? Tiger Woods ended Saturday with a 67 (-5), moving up to third on the leaderboard and 4 behind the leader. And then began the discussion posts of whether the king is on his way back to the throne. Phil Mickelson shot a 70, putting him tied for fourth.
This led to Tiger and Phil being paired together which led to the highest ratings for the tournament in 15 years. Sunday was a 96% increase from last year’s coverage when D.A. Points won the tournament. Last weekend also taught us that if Tiger Woods is Superman, then Phil Mickelson is his kryptonite. In the last 5 years, Phil Mickelson is now 8-3-1 when paired up with Tiger and has been using Tiger’s old coach Butch Harmon in that stretch. There is even a quote from Harmon saying, “He feels more comfortable now than he ever has playing with Tiger.”
Yet Tiger is still the favorite for the Masters?
Vegas odds to win the Masters currently have Tiger highest at 5/1 and Phil third at 7/1, behind only Rory McIlroy at 6/1. Here’s to hoping Tiger doesn’t do the most LeBron thing he can do in April. Because there’s almost no chance he won’t paired with the lefty at some point in the tournament.
Top Player’s Odds To Win The 2012 Masters – see the odds for the rest of the field at Bovada