The 2012 PGA Tour moved to the West-Coast swing this week, which begins the season for a lot of the golfers who did not make the trek out to Hawaii for the opening two tournaments of the year.
Several of the big names in golf will be making their debut this week at La Quinta for the playing of the Humana Championship. Those include Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and more.
Of course, what players really look for are Major Championship wins.
But the first Major of the year is not until the beginning of April at the 2012 Masters in Augusta.
Oddsmakers are already jumping on the season’s first Major though, just under three months away. And to no surprise, Tiger Woods is at the top of the 2012 Masters Betting Odds at Bovada Sportsbook.
Woods is going off at 4/1 to win his fifth green jacket.
The fact that Woods got back in the winner’s circle in December, winning the Chevron World Challenge, has got many believing that he might be on his way back to the top of the golfing world.
Though 2012 will tell a lot, with Woods supposedly healthy and comfortable with his swing changes with Sean Foley.
Woods is twice the favorite as any other player in the field, with Rory McIlroy second in line at 8/1.
McIlroy held the lead in to final round of the Masters last year, but a round of 80 on Sunday left him well back. Though the young phenom would regroup to win the U.S Open in June.
Behind Woods and McIlroy are two players looking for their first Major championship, and one looking for his fourth Masters title.
Mickelson comes in with odds at 14/1 to win in Augusta for the fourth time, having last won in 2010.
Rounding out the top-five odds to win the 202 Masters is Donald, also looking for his first Major title.
Odds To Win 2012 US Masters
Tiger Woods 4/1
Rory McIlroy 8/1
Lee Westwood 14/1
Phil Mickelson 14/1
Luke Donald 16/1
Adam Scott 25/1
Dustin Johnson 28/1
Jason Day 28/1
Nick Watney 33/1
Sergio Garcia 33/1