Tiger Woods vs. The Field - Golf Betting At Its Best

I’ll be honest – as far as golf goes, I could care less unless Tiger Woods is involved. When the 2010 U.S. Masters unfolds this weekend, there will be plenty of other golfers in the mix that will have a chance to take the green jacket off of Angel Cabrera. As at any major, it is Tiger’s to lose, but obviously the circumstances surrounding this weekend’s tournament at Augusta National are far different than anything Tiger has dealt with before. That’s why there are plenty of great value bets in terms of 2010 Masters betting.

Let’s just get this out of the way. Tiger is listed at +450. He’s the favorite. We all know the stories. This article isn’t about him or the ton of ways you can odds to win the 2010 Masters.

FIELD FAVORITES
Phil Mickelson +1000

Mickelson has his obvious supporters, and at +1000 I think that there’s a lot of balanced value there. Mickelson has had all sorts of personal drama to deal with, with his wife’s cancer and other family-related troubles, but he’s survived them all. With much of those “surprises” behind him, Mickelson can focus on getting back to winning Majors.

Phil has won twice at The Masters, in 2004 and 2006, and has placed fifth the past two editions. The second-best golfer in the world certainly has his following, and at this point in his career you are either with him or against him.

Padraig Harrington (+1400)
That brings me to Padraig Harrington, who is doing a ton of press this week leading up to The Masters. Not sure why, but Harrington is a great presence on the PGA tour. The problem is that he’s never really done that well at The Masters. Last year he placed 35th, and the highest he’s ever finished is tied for fifth in 2002 and 2008.

Ernie Els (+800)
Hiding down the list is one my picks to finish top-3 in Masters betting by the end of Sunday. “The Big Easy” already has two decisive wins over this year at the WGC-CA Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Nobody has more momentum heading in to this tournament than Els and if anyone is looking forward to taking a three-day advantage of Woods getting all the attention, it’s the unassuming South African.

SHOT IN THE DARK PICK – Hunter Mahan (+3500)
If you’re looking for a improbable hero at the 2010 Masters, Hunter Mahan is my favorite pick. At the Masters in 2009 he placed tied for tenth, and at the age of 27-years old, he’s never won a major. Power, supreme smoothness in his stroke and a calm sense of purpose define Hunter’s game. He has a win under his belt already, when he claimed victory at the worst name for a golf tournament in PGA history - the Waste Management Phoenix Open from February.

I have been waiting for Mahan to break out on to the scene, and if there’s any underdogs you like in Masters betting, this is the tournament to take them. It won’t be too long until PGA betting becomes all about Tiger chasing golf records. Still, golf is where it needs to be, reveling in the joy of “Tiger vs. The Field” yet again.

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