Tiger to Win the Masters?

BY: SimmonsCallsMe

Phil Mickelson leads the pack, but believe it or not, Tiger is in 2nd, and by a significant margin over the third favorite. Sportsbook.com has the odds of Mickelson winning at 5/1, Tiger at 7/1, and Nick Watney at 15/1 (extended list of odds below). Anyone who follows golf can understand why Phil is the leader. He is fresh off a 16-under par performance at Shell Houston, and he has won 3 of the last 7 Masters tournaments, including last year’s. But, Tiger? Tiger hasn’t won a major tournament since 2008 and hasn’t won a minor since 2009. Tiger has also recently been trying to change his golf swing, never a great recipe for success. This isn’t the first time Tiger has changed his swing, and he has generally come back stronger each time, but it doesn’t seem like he was worked out all of the kinks. The bigger issue I see is the mental aspect. When Tiger is asked about his game or his mental state of being, he tries his best to exude confidence and maintains that he still believes he is the best golfer in the world. But, it’s clear that he has been distracted ever since he hit that fire hydrant in late 2009. In a game that requires intense mental concentration, having a wavering mind, even for a second can be the difference between victory and defeat. Personally, I’m putting my money on Phil, but watch out for Rory McIlroy to be a dark horse candidate.

Here’s how the odds break down:

Phil Mickelson 5/1

Tiger Woods 7/1

Nick Watney 15/1

Bubba Watson 20/1

Lee Westwood 20/1

Dustin Johnson 20/1

Rory McIlroy 20/1

Martin Kaymer 20/1

Hunter Mahan 25/1

Matt Kuchar 25/1

Luke Donald 25/1

Anthony Kim 30/1

Justin Rose 30/1

Paul Casey 30/1

Aaron Baddeley 40/1

Graeme McDowell 40/1

Steve Stricker 40/1

Padraig Harrington 40/1

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