As the 2012 Masters at Augusta National kicks off full swing this week, fans will generally acknowledge that they kind of know what to expect from the participants by now. After the way he flamed out last year, we are all well aware of what Rory McIlroy is like at both his best and at his worst. Similarly, given everything we’ve seen from Tiger Woods over the last few years, we are fully aware of what he looks like when he’s on his game (see: the Arnold Palmer Invitational) and when he’s off his game (see: every tournament he played in for two and a half years before the Arnold Palmer Invitational). Continue reading
Oddsmakers like to cross over to other sports to create interesting prop bets for major events. Most of the time, they are innocuous wagers without suggestive undertones like who will score the most points between two players, who’s sports usually have the same point value (i.e. more goals scored: Soccer Player A or Hockey Player B).
But one cross bet caught my eye that could actually have a deeper meaning. As Tiger Woods ramps up for another rabid Masters tournament this week, all the buzz will be on his performance in the late rounds. Last year, he began the day buried deep in the leaderboard before mounting a dramatic comeback, carding a 67 on Sunday to finish tied for fourth. Continue reading
Phil Mickelson spoke to reporters earlier this week and proclaimed the 2012 Masters would be a “birdie-fest”.
“It seems that some of the planning I have made may go by the wayside,” he said. “As soft as the golf course is, you can fire at a lot of pins.” Continue reading
There are the media lightning rods that are Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
And then there is the, you know, actual no. 1 player in the world, Luke Donald, who despite a torrid pace over the last 14 months has garnered little attention leading up to The Masters. While most of the spotlight has been cast on the pair of superstars who are favored to win the 2012 Masters, Donald seems like a pretty good value bet at 16/1, according to Bovada, behind even Phil Mickelson. Continue reading
Hunter Mahan is arguably having the best 2012 of any other golfer in the world so far, capturing his second PGA Tour title of the season on Sunday at the Shell Houston Open.
And the timing couldn’t be better, as the year’s first Major championship is set to begin on Thursday.
The Masters. Continue reading
It seemed like it lasted forever before Phil Mickelson’s Major championship drought came to end, when he won his first back in 2004.
And after once being known as the greatest player without a Major championship to his credit, Mickelson now has quite the collection, especially at Augusta National.
Mickelson has won three times at the Masters, the last of which came in 2010. Continue reading
Well, we got to see only about one-third of the field at the Shell Houston Open finish this afternoon, after inclement weather descended upon the golf course, forcing officials to push the continuation of first round play into Friday.
That means we are in for a long day of golf on Friday! Continue reading
With just one tournament to go before the Masters next week, the PGA Tour shifts to Texas for the Shell Houston Open.
And it’s a pretty deep field this week too, as players have decided to play the week before a Major as a final tune-up heading into Augusta. Continue reading
With Tiger Woods winning on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, it has sent the golfing world into a frenzy.
It has been a long time since the buzz surrounding the PGA Tour has been this high, with the 2012 season being one of the most-successful in history through 4 months.
And we haven’t even played a major championship!
But with the Masters less than two weeks away, it’s a good time to be a fan of golf right now. Continue reading
It was a highly anticipated day on the PGA Tour this week for the opening round of the 2012 Cadillac Championship, where all of the top-5 ranked players in the world would tee it up.
And at the end of Day 1, it’s Adam Scott and Jason Dufner who are atop the leaderboard, after firing a 6-under par rounds of 66.
Scott ripped through the windy conditions at TPC Blue Monster on Thursday, makign it look easy on a golf course that was playing quite difficult. Continue reading