Tiger Woods Near Top Of Memorial Tournament Lead, But Is He A Smart Bet?

Tiger Woods has a history of playing well at Jack’s course, and through two rounds of the 2012 Memorial Tournament he was again at the top of the lead.

Woods entered Saturday’s round tied for the lead and in the second-to-last grouping going out in the windy conditions.

It made for some very difficult scoring.

Woods bogeyed two of the last three holes to fall four shots behind leader Spencer Levin. Levin played great, shooting a 3-under par 69, which tied for the low round of the day at Muirfield Village. Woods fired a 1-over par 73, but is still right up near the top of the lead, with just three players in front of him.

In addition to Levin, Rory Sabbatini and Rickie Fowler are ahead of Woods. Sabbatini is just one-shot behind, while Fowler is three shots.

Woods and Fowler will be in the second-to-last pairing tomorrow, which will definitely make the crowds in Ohio very happy.

Since his win at Quail Hollow last month, Fowler’s popularity has definitely increased, even though he was still well-liked prior to the win. Fowler and woods played the first two rounds together at the Players Championship a few weeks ago, so there is definitely some familiarity there.

It’s Levin who is at the top of the odds to win 2012 Memorial Tournament going into Sunday, though it’s Woods who is second on the list.

Woods is always a favorite of oddsmakers if he is even in the same breath as the lead, so its really no surprise to see him there. Oddsmakers usually overestimate Woods on the odds, and it’s difficult to get a good payout on him. His name alone likely cuts your payout by half. Woods is set at 11/4, which is just behind Levin at 5/2.

You get 3/1 odds for Sabbatini who is just one shot back, and 7/2 odds on Fowler who is three shots back.

I’m just saying it’s food for thought.


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