After shoving down the turkey and mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving, we’re going to get comfortable on the couch when Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson battle it out in a winner take all tournament for nine million dollars at the Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. Two of the biggest names in golf and both guys head into this tournament playing well.
Of course, Tiger is coming off a win at the Tour Championship and is a combined -35 in his last three events. Mickelson played well at the Safeway Open and had 15 top-25 finishes last season, along with a victory at World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.
Here are some of the bets to consider making for the upcoming showdown.
Winner: Tiger Woods -225 / Phil Mickelson +175
While he hasn’t played a single tournament since ending his drought, Tiger is playing as well as he has in years and has some of that swagger back. When Tiger is playing well, he’s still the scariest and arguably the best player in the world. When he’s hitting well, everything seems to go his way, hole after hole. Tiger finished last season seventh in scoring average and was at least four strokes under par in seven of his last eight tournaments. Mickelson has shown flashes of brilliance, but it’s just flashes. Mickelson finished last season no better than three strokes under par in six of his last eight events. Mickelson was also awful in the Tour Championship and the US Open, two big tournaments where you would expect him to thrive. While this tournament is more of a fun showdown with a ton of money on the line, it’s still a big event with the spotlight only on two guys. Give me Tiger, the player in much better form and the guy I know wants to win this thing badly.
All Square through 18 Holes
Yes +600 / No -1000 -- While I think Tiger wins this event comfortably, betting yes is the only option here. Laying those sort of odds on the no holds no value in my opinion. Throw some lunch money on the yes and hope for a little drama.
Hole 1 Winner
Tiger +225 / Phil +260 / Tie -105 -- I like Tiger to win this event with high confidence, so might as well pick him to win the first hole at over two times my money. Again, Tiger is not only playing the better golf between these two, but he also strikes me as the more competitive player and has done a ton of talking leading up to this event. It may seem like fun and games, but there’s a boulder on Tiger’s shoulder, and he’s eager to prove he’s still that dude.
Any Hole in One
+8000 -- Why in the hell wouldn’t you bet this with those odds? Shot in the dark, sure, but if it hits, you made a pretty penny to spend on Black Friday.
Tiger or Phil to Win 3 Consecutive Holes
Yes +600 / No -1000 -- It wouldn’t be surprising at all to see one of these guys get in a groove for a stretch and pull off three or four wins. This line feels like a misprint.
Tiger or Phil to hit a shot into a Water Hazard
Yes +375 / No -550 -- This is not an easy course, as there’s a lot of risky holes, trees, waterfalls, lakes, mountains and long par-4s. This is a very unique course and can be rather challenging for even the best in the world. Seeing a hiccup should be expected.
Tiger or Phil to hit a shot Out of Bounds
Yes +550 / No -900 -- See above.