With six days left until the official start of Masters week Tiger Woods is the odds on favorite to win. And it’s not even close. He is currently a three to one favorite to win, with Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson next in line at ten to one.
It should be no surprise that Woods is favored so heavily at Augusta National. Saying that he has fared pretty well there in the past would be an understatement of epic proportions. That is, if you consider four wins at one of the most hallowed courses in the history of golf a good track record. In fact, in 18 career starts at the Masters, Woods has only finished outside of the top 10 on six occasions. 2012 was the first time he finished worse than 10th since 2004.
Now, consider how well Woods has been playing since the Masters ended last year. He has five wins in the period of time, including three in 2013 alone. He did hit a bit of a rough patch earlier this year, but has rebounded quite nicely. He’s won the last two PGA Tour events in which he has participated. Woods is also at the top of the FedEx Cup as well as the official world golf rankings. He’s got everything going in his favor.
The secret to Tiger’s success, at least so far in 2013 has been the putter. He hasn’t been hitting fairways with any great consistency, but he was been a wizard once he gets the ball on green. He ranks first in scoring average, total putting and strokes gained – putting. At the same time he is 145th in driving accuracy where he’s hit just 55.80% of fairways on the year. He’s also ranked 81st in greens in regulation at 67.01%.
Woods has putted incredibly well all year long. If he can start hitting fairways and greens on a more consistent basis, he could very well be unstoppable.