The battle for No. 1
The battle for the No.1 ranking in the world continues this week at the 2010 PGA Championship as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson battle it out at Whistling Straits.
Woods currently holds the top ranking but has struggled all of 2010, which has opened the door for Mickelson to take over the top spot with a good performance this weekend.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL, Mickelson has a money line of -155 to finish the tournament in a better position than Woods, while Woods has a line of +125. Here is a look at both golfers heading into the tournament which takes place from Whistling Straits in
Phil Mickelson -155
Mickelson has one win (The Masters) and six top 10’s in 2010. As of late, Mickelson has struggled in his own right, not finishing in the top 40 of his last three tournaments. In the PGA Championship, Mickelson has won one time (2005) and finished in the top 10 eight times. The last time this event was held at Whistling Straits was 2004, and Mickelson finished tied for sixth.
Tiger Woods +125
Woods is in quite a funk as he is winless in 2010 with just two top 10’s. Woods hasn’t finished in the top 20 in his last three events, including a career-worst 78th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last weekend. The off the course issues that Woods has had in the last year seem to be having their effect on his golf game currently. Woods has won this event four times, the last coming in 2007. He also has finished in the top 10 eight times. In 2004, Woods finished 24th.
Who will win: Right now, we don’t feel good about betting Woods at all. He doesn’t look like himself and doesn’t seem to care about playing or have the intensity we are accustomed to seeing him have. Mickelson isn’t playing his best either, but he has at least shown signs of life. With this week being his best chance to pass Woods for the No. 1 ranking, we think Lefty will put forth a better showing than Tiger.
Posted: 8/10/10 4:46PM ET