2012 Northern Trust Open Odds To Win: Phil Mickelson Favored

2012 Northern Trust Open Odds To Win: Phil Mickelson Favored

2012 Northern Trust Open Odds To Win: Phil Mickelson Favored    
By Drew Sharper 

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA (TheSpread) – Phil Mickelson is coming off a win last weekend and he is now the favorite to win the 2012 Northern Trust Open.

According to oddsmakers, Mickelson has 10/1 odds to win this week’s tournament while other short odds to win are Luke Donald (15/1), Dustin Johnson (18/1), and Jason Day (25/1).

Mickelson won this event in 2009 and 2008. He is 11th in the current world rankings following his win. It was his first top 10 finish in his last five events. Mickelson finished 35th in this event last year.

Donald is first in the world rankings. He is coming off a 48th-place effort, which snapped a 13-tournament streak of finishing in the top 20. Donald missed the cut in this event last year.

Johnson is 10th in the world rankings and he is coming off a fifth-place finish last weekend. Johnson missed the cut in last year’s tournament.

Jason Day is seventh in the world rankings and he has placed 15th or better in five of the last six tournaments he has played in. Day also missed the cut in last year’s tournament.

The 2012 Northern Trust Open is played at the Riviera Country Club and will begin on Feb. 16 and finish up on Sunday, Feb. 19. For complete odds for each golfer at the event, see below.

2012 Northern Trust Open Odds to Win

Phil Mickelson 10/1
Luke Donald 15/1
Dustin Johnson 20/1
Jason Day 25/1
Hunter Mahan 30/1
Sergio Garcia 30/1
Kevin Na 30/1
Aaron Baddeley 30/1
Adam Scott 30/1
Nick Watney 35/1
Kyle Stanley 35/1
Matt Kuchar 35/1
KJ Choi 40/1
Rickie Fowler 40/1
Brandt Snedeker 40/1
Bubba Watson 40/1
Bill Haas 45/1
Padraig Harrington 45/1
Spencer Levin 50/1
Zach Johnson 50/1
Keegan Bradley 50/1
John Rollins 55/1
Bo VanPelt 60/1
Justin Rose 60/1
John Senden 60/1
Jim Furyk 60/1
Geoff Ogilvy 60/1
Gary Woodland 60/1
Ernie Els 60/1
Charles Howell III 60/1
Rory Sabbatini 60/1
Bryce Molder 60/1
Retief Goosen 60/1
Robert Allenby 66/1
Jason Dufner 66/1
Mark Wilson 75/1
Ryan Moore 80/1
Camilo Villegas 80/1
DA Points 80/1
Vijay Singh 80/1
Brendon De Jonge 80/1
Bud Cauley 80/1
Ricky Barnes 80/1
Jimmy Walker 90/1
JB Holmes 90/1
Johnson Wagner 90/1
Carl Pettersson 90/1
Patrick Cantlay 100/1
Fredrik Jacobson 100/1
Scott Piercy 100/1
Charlie Wi 100/1
Fred Couples 100/1
Harrison Frazar 100/1
YE Yang 100/1
Jonathan Byrd 110/1
Robert Garrigus 110/1
Kevin Streelman 110/1
Andres Romero 110/1
Trevor Immelman 120/1
Pat Perez 125/1
Anthony Kim 125/1
Marc Leishman 125/1
Stewart Cink 125/1
Jhonattan Vegas 125/1
Cameron Tringale 125/1
Brendan Steele 125/1
Ryo Ishikawa 125/1
Ryan Palmer 125/1
Kevin Stadler 140/1
Jeff Overton 150/1
Jeff Maggert 150/1
Greg Chalmers 150/1
Michael Thompson 150/1
Chris Stroud 150/1
Chris Kirk 150/1
Chad Campbell 150/1
Charley Hoffman 175/1
George Mcneill 175/1
Josh Teater 175/1
Kyung-Tae Kim 175/1
Brendon Todd 175/1
Jason Kokrak 200/1
Jordan Spieth 200/1
Justin Leonard 200/1
Kris Blanks 200/1
Angel Cabrera 200/1
Arron Oberholser 200/1
Paul Goydos 200/1
Brandt Jobe 200/1
Brian Davis 200/1
Tim Clark 200/1
Tom Gillis 225/1
Danny Lee 225/1
Chris DiMarco 225/1
David Hearn 225/1
Chez Reavie 225/1
Bill Lunde 225/1
John Merrick 250/1
Briny Baird 250/1
Ryuji Imada 250/1
JJ Henry 250/1
James Driscoll 250/1
Alex Cejka 250/1
Kevin Sutherland 250/1
Bobby Gates 250/1
Tom Pernice Jr 275/1
Jarrod Lyle 275/1
Ted Potter Jr 275/1
Blake Adams 300/1
Mathew Goggin 300/1
Kevin Chappell 300/1
Jonas Blixt 300/1
Joe Ogilvie 300/1
Jason Bohn 300/1
Jamie Lovemark 300/1
JJ Killeen 300/1
Hunter Haas 300/1
Graham Delaet 300/1
Erik Compton 300/1
Tommy Gainey 300/1
Stuart Appleby 300/1
Cameron Beckman 300/1
Jason Gore 350/1
Billy Mayfair 350/1
Michael Bradley 350/1
Chad Collins 350/1
Scott Stallings 400/1
Rocco Mediate 400/1
Yuta Ikeda 400/1
Matt Bettencourt 500/1
Billy Hurley III 500/1
Troy Matteson 500/1
Sunghoon Kang 500/1
David Mathis 500/1
Derek Lamely 500/1
Stephen Gangluff 750/1
Tommy Biershenk 750/1
Andy Walker 750/1
Tom Gardner 800/1

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Re: 2012 Northern Trust Open Odds To Win: Phil Mickelson Favored

Northern Trust Open Preview and Picks
By Matthew Fargo
Playbook.com

The PGA Tour continues with the California swing as it stops at Riviera Country Club for the Northern Trust Open. Formerly known as the Nissan Open, this event usually brings in a solid field and that is the case again this year. This is one of the oldest stops on tour as the event goes back to 1940 and Riviera has been the lone host since 1999. With the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships next week, this is a tune up for a lot of the big names in the field.

Riviera Country Club has long been known within golfing circles as "Hogan's Alley" after the legendary Ben Hogan won three times here in a span of 18 months (two L.A. Opens and the U.S. Open sandwiched between). This is the 50th time Riviera has hosted this event so there is some added splendor. The layout will be around 7,300 yards and last year it played as the toughest Par 71 course of all non-Majors. Course management is still the most important factor and knowledge of the track is almost mandatory.

The top five in the current FedEx standings are in the field as well as 31 of the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings including four of the top 10. We also have nine past champions and a very stellar 14 Majors winners in the field. Fan favorites include Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Fred Couples while making debuts this week are Luke Donald, Jason Day, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia. Overall this is one of the deepest fields we have seen so far this season and it comes at the best possible time.

Phil Mickelson (+1,200) is coming off his first win of the season last week at Pebble Beach and comes in as the favorite this week. He heads to Riviera with a solid track record as he won here in 2008 and 2009 while finishing second five years ago but last year finished a disappointing T35. The short price offers little value and winning consecutive weeks on tour is difficult.

Luke Donald (+1,500) is making his PGA Tour debut and the OWGR leader should be pretty motivated. After posting three straight top six finishes at Riviera, the missed the cut last year and that was his only missed cut besides The Open Championship. His last event in the United States was last October as he won the Children's Miracle Network Classic which sewed up POY honors.

Dustin Johnson (+2,000) was in the hunt at Pebble Beach once again and was looking great after an opening round 63 but he could not make a move after that. He finished T5 but it was encouraging after a rough start to the year. He missed the cut here last year but that was after a T55 at Pebble so he was not in good form at the time. Prior to that he finished T3 in 2010 and T10 in 2009 at Riviera.

Jason Day (+2,500) is also making his 2012 PGA Tour debut this week but that doesn't mean he will be showing any rust. He is coming off a T2 at the Qater Masters two weeks ago which followed up a missed cut in Abu Dhabi the previous week. That momentum should carry forward as he has missed the cut in his two starts at Riviera but at least now he is more familiar with the layout.

Aaron Baddeley (+3,000) was also on our list last week and after opening Sunday with four birdies through six holes, back-to-back bogeys on seven and eight killed his chances. He still finished solo fourth and he brings that momentum to Riviera where he is the defending Northern Trust Open Champion. That came after a T6 at Pebble so it could be a similar story. He has never missed the cut in this event.

Similar to what Kyle Stanley did two weeks ago, Spencer Levin (+5,000) rebounded after his epic meltdown. He did not win like Stanley did but he finished T9 at Pebble Beach that included three sub-70 rounds. Last year he finished T4 at the AT&T National Pro Am and followed that up with a T12 at Riviera which was his first start here. This would be a great stage for his first PGA Tour win.

This week's longshot will be with Retief Goosen (+6,000). His stock has dropped considerably and it is hard to believe it has been eight years since his last U.S. Open victory. He last won in 2009 and posted only one top ten last year but he has a solo second and a solo third in two of his European starts this year. After skipping the Northern Trust two years ago, his finished T12 here last year.

Recommended Tournament Win Five Pack at the Northern Trust Open (all for One Unit)

Dustin Johnson (+2,000)
Jason Day (+2,500)
Aaron Baddeley (+3,000)
Spencer Levin (+5,000)
Retief Goosen (+6,000)

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