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Woods on the drift in the Masters betting after Mickelson’s triumph

| 04.04.2011

When you have a golfer that can boast the quality, skill and class that Tiger Woods has, writing him off for any Major tournament is a risky thing to do.

But one image that we will not see come Sunday night is Tiger Woods donning the green jacket for the fifth time.

At 10/1 to win Woods offers very little value in the Masters betting considering he hasn’t won a tournament in over a year, has shot just four sub-70 rounds out of 12 this year, and only managed 16 sub-70 rounds from his 53 in 2010.

There are many who will disagree and will point to his fourth place finish at last year’s Masters despite being woefully out of form, and while I believe a top-ten finish is a huge possibility, ending his slump on the toughest Major course will take some doing.

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Phil Mickelson on the other hand played his way into contention on Sunday when winning the Shell Houston Open, and the San Diegan has won consecutive tournaments on numerous occasions.

In 2005 Mickelson won consecutive tournaments in February, in 2006 he won the Bellsouth Classic the week before winning the Masters and in 2009 he won the last three PGA Tour tournaments in a row.

At 7/1, Mickelson is the much better Masters bet to pick up his fourth Green jacket and is the man to beat this week, although world number one Martin Kaymer (16/1), last year’s runner up Lee Westwood (14/1) and Nick Watney (16/1) are all out to stop him.

After an incredible cricket World Cup final on Saturday, and an epic final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in Miami on Sunday, the great sports action just keeps on coming.

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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.