(The Spread) – There used to be a time when Tiger Woods was favored to win every PGA event – especially big tournaments like the Masters, a tournament in which he has always looked very comfortable. But times have changed.
Woods has the most victories at the Masters among active golfers. He’s won the event four times, which ties him with Arnold Palmer and leaves him two shy of Jack Nicklaus, who has won the Masters a record six times.
But Tiger hasn’t won an event in 17 months, a stretch that expands 21 tournaments. The highest he’s finished in a tournament since his personnel life crumbled is 10th.
He’s also no longer favored to win big events such as the 2011 Masters. According to online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com, Phil Mickelson is favored to win this year’s opening major at 6/1. Mickelson has seen his fair share of success at Augusta, winning three Masters tournaments over his career.
Of course, oddsmakers are still very aware of how Tiger can affective the betting public. While Mickelson is favored at 6/1, Woods is right behind him at 8/1 and the golfers with the next best odds are Lee Westwood and Nick Watney at 14/1.
If Tiger can find his swing (which he’s changing for the fourth time) this weekend, he’ll find his name atop the weekly odds again. But if he continues to struggle, then the betting public will likely stay away and oddsmakers will have to adjust.Twitter and Facebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!