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3/1 actually a good price for ominous Woods to win Masters

| 06.04.2013

Tiger Woods has certainly shown signs of returning to his old dominant self of late and winning a major would be the final step in completing his revival to the top of golf.

Having fallen out of the top 50 at one point in late 2011, Woods has reclaimed his position as world number one and his form in 2013 thus far is the primary reason for this.

In five starts this season, Woods has already registered three victories, including in his final start before the Masters at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Meanwhile, Woods has won six times in the past 13 months, with improvements in his short game particularly noticeable.

This all helps to indicate that Woods is on the brink of a first major triumph since the 2008 US Open and there is a strong likelihood that this will come at the Masters.

Woods may not have won at Augusta since 2005, but he finished in the top six in the following six years before his struggles 12 months ago when down in a share of 40th.

This suggests that his game is suited to the demands of the course and should his sometimes suspect draw shots hold up, he will be exceedingly tough to beat.

Woods’ renaissance in form has brought about the short prices many punters became accustomed to in the earlier stages of the last decade, as he is 3/1 to win the major.

However, this is not as short as the 11/8 that he was in 2008, when he went into the tournament on the back of four victories in six starts.

Yet this form was not enough to secure victory, as he had to make do with second behind South Africa’s Trevor Immelman.

Rory McIlroy follows Woods in the Masters betting at 8/1, with Phil Mickelson next best at 10/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.