Online bookmaker Paddy Power have some golf betting coverage running for the first Major of the year, the US Masters. This is the 76th edition of the US Masters, and we are off to the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia The tournament runs from April 5th to 8th and last year we had a thriller with Rory McIlroy bottling things in the final round, ceding victory to Charl Scwartzel who claimed the coveted Green Jacket. But the main focus will not be on the defending champion, it is all about Tiger Woods, so we have to take a serious look at Tiger Woods Masters golf betting. Tiger Woods made a return to winning ways last week at Bay Hill with victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. That has sparked golf betting fervour in his chances of claiming another Masters title at Augusta.
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Tiger Woods is a four time winner of the US Masters, lifting the title in 1997, 201, 2002 and 2005. So while it has been a long time since he has held the title, he looks primed for a run at his fifth Masters title. Did the win at the Arnold Palmer heap even more pressure on Woods to perform? He has returned to winning ways and now everyone will expect even more from him. Woods has naturally had a couple of very patchy years, and he has not lifted a Major title since the 2008 US Open. It is not as if Woods has been out of form at Augusta, because he has done well there in the past couple of years, even when he wasn’t on top of his game. He landed a T4 finish at the Masters last season, replicating what he did in 2010. So he does feel at home at Augusta, and with his return to top form he is leading the field in the golf betting options.
It has been a long trek over the past couple of years for Woods, but this season has shown more and more. He has changed his game, his mentality and approach looks a bit stronger and while there have been inconsistent rounds, he has produced some of his old magic. Woods has not fired in four sub-70 rounds of golf in any of his outings this season. But he is getting close. His T15 at the AT&T Pebble Beach was ruined by a final round of 75. A slow start with a 72 at the WGC Cadillac scuppered his chances there and then he had to pull out with a gammy leg, which put his Masters charge in doubt. However, he bounced back in fine form at the Arnold Palmer and his second round of 65 was brilliant, and paired up with his fourth round 62 at The Honda Classic he has produced some very good rounds of golf.
From five outings this season, Woods has landed four top twenty fives (the withdrawal at the WGC Cadillac ruining his run. So what really are the chances of seeing Tiger Woods back in the Green Jacket at Augusta this year. Well, you have to think that they are very good. What he managed to do at the Arnold Palmer was find that balance of consistency. There was just a solid middle ground all the way through, all on the platform of his good swing at the moment. Woods ranks 1st in the PGA for Driving and in the All-Round which puts him in fantastic stead. He if 4th in the PGA for Greens in Regulation, 2nd in Scoring Average, 6th in Birdies average and 10th in Strokes Gained Putting. So very solid stats to back up and warrant a punt in Tiger Woods 2012 US Masters betting. Is he back in his prime? He has produced many moments for the Augusta highlight reel throughout his career and he looks in shape for another run.
There is a tough field of course for Woods to contend with, with the likes of Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy all firmly in the hunt. But at 9/2 with Paddy Power, Tiger Woods US Masters betting puts him ahead of the pack. Woods is 4/5 in the Place Market, while he out at 13/2 to be the first round leader at Augusta. So a fifth Green Jacket is on the line for Tiger Woods. He has been inside the top ten on his last seven trips to Augusta, including the win back in 2005. That run has included a win, a second place, a T3, a T6 and two T4 finishes. Pretty strong reading and for a man back in form, Tiger Woods US Masters betting looks a decent option.