Woods is Masters favourite

2010-04-08 08:10
Tiger Woods (AP)
Georgia - Tiger Woods will enter the unknown when he tees off in Thursday's opening round of the US Masters for his first outing for nearly five months but he has been made the tournament favourite.

The world number one, who took a break from golf when his private life spectacularly unravelled at the end of last year amid allegations of extra-marital affairs, has been installed as 6-1 favourite by British bookmakers Ladbrokes.

Fellow American Phil Mickelson is rated at 14-1 with South African Ernie Els third best at 16-1.

"Tiger going off as a 6-1 chance prior to his problems would have been unheard of but we're prepared to take a chance following his self-imposed exile," Ladbrokes spokesperson Nick Weinberg said in a news release on Wednesday.

Ladbrokes also offered special odds for other Woods-related incidents.

The 14-times major winner, a four-times champion at Augusta National, is 100-1 to record an ace and 5-1 to launch his opening tee shot into the trees.

Woods is 5-4 to register at least five birdies in his first round.

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