April 4th, 2011- By Bryan Cross
The 2011 Masters tournament is set to get underway this week, as the top players in the world descend upon August National with aspirations of winning the season’s first major championship. Phil Mickelson comes in as the defending champion, and a winner this past weekend in Houston. As such, the lefty has vaulted over Tiger Woods as the overall favorite to come away with the Green Jacket.
Mickelson recorded rounds of 63 and 65 this past week at the Shell Houston Open to walk away with a three-shot victory over the field, and now heads to Augusta National on the heels of his first victory since his 2010 Masters triumph. While proven to be very difficult to win the week before the Masters, and the go onto don the Green Jacket, Mickelson proved that he is capable of doing so. He is the only player in the last two decades to win the week before Augusta, and then go onto win the Masters when he did so back in 2006.
As such, he comes in as a trendy pick to win the 2011 edition.
In addition to being the overall favorite to win the Masters, oddsmakers at Bodog Sportsbook are offering a variety of PGA Golf Betting Lines on their sportsbook for those looking to place wagers on the first Major Championship of the season.
Overall Odds: These betting lines list the individual odds for a particular golfer to win the Masters. Obviously as of now, these lines have all been set prior to the start of the tournament. Those not included with individual odds, would be considered a member of the ‘Field.’ As the tournament progresses however, revised, or updated odds will become available as each round ends, with odds for golfers changing depending on their positioning.
Head-to-Head Betting: These betting lines put two golfers matched together, and the player to have a better finish in the tournament wins the line. For example, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson could be set with head-to-head lines for the week. A bettor need simply to place a wager on the player that might finish better than the other. This type of betting line takes out the many variables of the other players in the field, and limits to just a single other competitor.
Tournament Prop Lines: These odds have to deal with the tournament itself. For example, a betting line for whether or not there will be a hole-in-one, or will the winner be American or International. Other examples might include the total score for the eventual winner.
Player Props Betting Lines: These betting odds are diverse in nature, ranging from top American finishers, to whether a certain player will finish in the top-10. Additionally, specific betting odds on a player will be formed for hole-in-ones, such as Tiger Woods having a hole-in-one at some point in the week.
3 Ball Betting Lines: Wager on which player will be ahead at the end of round one based upon each individual group. For example, in Tiger Woods’ group, Tiger Woods is a +110 favorite be the leader of his group consisting of Graeme McDowell (+180) and Robert Allenby (+275). If Woods has the lowest score at the end of round one, bettors that took the +110 odds would win $1.10 in addition to the $1 that was bet. If Robert Allenby pulled off the upset and was the low man, his +275 odds would payout $2.75 in addition to the original $1 that was bet, for every dollar wagered. Bodog has Masters 3 Ball Betting Odds for every group playing on Thursday.
The 2011 Masters gets underway on Thursday, April 7, with coverage on ESPN.