Woods vs. Mickelson

The biggest rivalry in the golf world is between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Here is a look at both heading into the 2010 Masters Golf Tournament.

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Both golfers are among the favorites to win the tournament, but in a head-to-head matchup, Woods is expected to get the best of Lefty.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com, Tiger Woods has a money line of -175 against Mickelson, who has a line of +135. Here is a look at both golfers heading into this tournament, which takes place from Augusta National in August, Georgia and begins on Thursday.

Tiger Woods -175:
Woods is a four-time Masters champion, with his last title coming in 2005. Woods hasn’t missed the cut in the Masters since 1996 and finished no worse than 22nd in the tournament since 1996. In his last four Masters, Woods has finished in the top six each time, with two runner-up finishes. In each Masters Woods has won, he has shot no better than a 70 in his opening round. The key for Woods in this tournament is his layoff. This is the first tournament he has played in this year, so he could be a little rusty heading in.
 
Phil Mickelson +135:
Mickelson is a two-time Masters champion, with the last coming in 2006. Mickelson has made the cut in every Masters since 1997 and he has finished in the top 10 12 times in the last 15 years and in 10 of the last 11 Masters. Mickelson’s worst finish since 1997 was a 24th place finish in 2007. In recent play, Mickelson has struggled, finished outside the top 10 in all but one tournament this year. His best finish in 2010 is an eighth place finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Who will win: It is hard to go against Woods in any matchup, but Mickelson certainly has the track record to edge him this weekend. The concern with Mickelson is that he has not played well as of late even heading into a familiar place that he has success at. Woods will be expected to not be as sharp as he could be, but he also has a history of winning in adverse situations. Because Mickelson is slumping and Woods is trying to rebuild his career, look for Tiger to get the best of Lefty this weekend.

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Posted: 4/7/10 10:15AM ET

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