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Mickelson a huge mover in Masters betting as he closes in on win

| 03.04.2011

Tiger Woods may rue the decision to take a break this week after watching Phil Mickelson play himself into form at the Shell Houston Open.

It’s been highly publicised that America’s top two golfers have been out-of-sorts recently, but Mickelson currently leads with a round to play in Texas – he is 5/4 to win – and as such is attracting plenty of support in the Masters betting.

Woods headed the market at 8/1 before the start of the Shell Houston Open with Mickelson available at 10/1, but Woods’ decision to put his feet up this week has seen him lose out on favouritism with Mickelson backed into 7/1.

Three times a winner of the Masters, Mickelson certainly has what it takes to win the tournament and while Lee Westwood was busy throwing away his lead in 2010, Mickelson overcame the pressure and overcame the third round leader.

Despite the setback last year, Westwood finds himself the subject of much support in the betting and has the best Masters odds of any European player at 14/1.

World number one Martin Kaymer has also found plenty of followers in the Masters betting and is available at 16/1 although his previous record around Augusta isn’t brilliant.

However Kaymer is a much improved player since the 2010 Masters, and there is no doubt the world number one would be an intriguing bet this week.

A quick scroll down the list of previous Masters champions and you will see that the American’s dominate this major having won seven of the previous 11 tournaments and 56 of the 75 tournaments.

Which leaves Mickelson in a great position to pick up his fourth title, although one American will surely have a role to play this week.

Nick Watney has been in incredible form this year and having opened with Masters odds of 25/1, he is now 14/1 to win the 2011 Masters.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.