Tiger sits out this week but will be purring as he has now claimed the number one spot back from young Rory after another stellar performance with the putter. I said last week if he kept the remarkable putting stats up then he would win but so incredible were they that at 3/1 it was not a bet.
Amazingly his putting stats were more impressive last week and he putted more mid range putts than anyone has in history.
He simply didn’t miss and though we think of Woods for the power game this recent run is all down to the flat stick. He still missed many fairways particularly when using the Driver and that will hurt him at Tree lined Augustan starting two weeks on Thursday but it’s clear that his putter is smoking hot.
You could almost feel behind that smirk he was saying over to you young man and it really is this week as Rory counts down to the Masters by playing in the Shell Houston Open a course which attracts players by copying the conditions of Augusta so becoming the perfect place to practice. Strangely its been moved from its usual position of being the week before the Masters to two weeks before but it’s still close enough to be useful.
Rory looked much more like his old self in the last round at Doral and I understand he has been practicing hard, not something he always does. If Woods really is back and I’m personally still not completely convinced then Rory needs to fully dedicate himself. Make no mistake there is no love lost here and this could be a fascinating rivalry because owing to the size of his ego Rory is one of the few who fancies going out with Tiger in the last group of a Major and doing a number on him which is something many of the US players seem to still freeze at the thought of.
Phil Mickelson is another player who needs to find some form for Augusta and quickly so look for a better effort from him this week after he appeared to stop trying after the first round last week. There are four long par 5s on this course and they will be key to deciding the winner. One player who looks unlikely to be winning is Lee Westwood whose game looks in a real mess with a closing 76 last Sunday, it looks like the Florida sun isn’t suiting him and unless he sorts it out quick he will be lucky to get through to the weekend at Augusta never mind win it.
At Golf Bet Profits we are betting at The Shell Houston Open and on the European Tour this week, there’s no better time to get with us as we head towards Augusta.
I look forward to seeing you on the fairways.
Back next Tuesday.
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