Ernie long-shot at Masters

2010-03-30 11:46

Garrin Lambley

Cape Town - Despite two victories on the trot, Ernie Els is a long-shot to win the Masters at Augusta according to bookmakers.

Els wrapped up victory at the rain-delayed Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill on Monday to record his second consecutive victory on the PGA Tour after lifting the trophy at the WGC-CA Championship at Doral earlier in the month.

Leading SA bookies, GreatOdds, have the three-time Major winner on offer at a rather attractive looking 12/1 to add the Masters to his two US Open and one British Open titles.

Leading the way odds-wise is world No 1 Tiger Woods who will make his return to competitive golf at Augusta following a four-month layoff.

Woods is available at 9/2, generous odds for the four-time Masters champion, giving a clear indication that uncertainly exists over his form.

Phil Mickelson, who hasn't shown any form to speak of in 2010, is the second favourite at 9/1.

With the Augusta National layout historically favouring long hitters, Retief Goosen and Paul Casey (both 25/1) look like shrewd bets.


  • Jacques - 2010-03-30 12:08

    Old Photo Ernie does not use Taylor Made anymore? Great odds on ernie Though.

  • 1eye - 2010-03-30 12:11

    Remove file pic Ernie is sponsered by Callaway not Taylor

  • 1eye - 2010-03-30 12:12

    Remove file pic Ernie is sponsered by Callaway not Taylor

  • Terrence - 2010-03-30 12:20

    I think 12/1 is great value! I am on it for R100! - He has just won 2 on the trot, and i dont think Woods will come back with a win at the Masters...

  • Selma - 2010-03-30 12:36

    I am so happy Ernie has pulled off a few wins again. When ever I see Ernie I am immediately reminded of his son Ben who was diagnosed with Autism and of the Els for Autism Foundation which Ernie founded in the Spring of 2009. Autism is not for sissies and I take my hat off to Ernie and his family. Nobody is perfect but I have always found the easy-going,smiling,modest,friendly Ernie very like-able. Tiger Woods is easy to admire on so many levels but I do not like him. I do hope he fulfils his destiny as the greatest golfer.

  • PUNTER - 2010-03-30 13:53

    Take Ernie to win Nasters and Chelsea to win league as a double. Works out to apox 30/1.

  • Geejay - 2010-03-30 23:55

    I'll take those odds, plenty of them, when Ernies short game is on song you can't beat him, and thats exactly what is happening.

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