Tiger Woods Masters Favorite: Critics Predict Green Jacket for Tiger

After Tiger Woods' victory last Sunday critics are predicting that he will once again dominate the top line.

Shortly after Woods' five-stroke victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational British he was quickly made the favorite for the upcoming Masters.

''His whole game looks right now. He's putting well. He's chipping well. He's driving well,'' said Rupert Adams, the spokesman for British bookmaker William Hill told AP.

''The armor looks to be back in place again, and actually possibly the aura. Once again he's got the swagger back in his step.''

Woods has become the 4-1 favorite to win his fifth Masters title. Short lived number one Rory McIlroy was listed as 5-1 to don the green jacket.

''The four-time champion, fresh from his first PGA Tour win in 30-months at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, has every chance,'' bookmaker Ladbrokes stated on its website.

This year's Masters will be the first major in which Woods is listed as the favorite since the same tournament in 2010, right after his private life became public and his infidelities broadcast globally.

''We put him out at a top price at 5-2 then,'' Adams said. ''We took 3,000 bets in the space of three hours. That was the last time he was favorite. Since then he's collapsed. They (bettors) started to back him to miss the cut after that.''

With steady improvement over the past few months including strong finishes and his first win in over two years many are remembering how great Woods once was and how great he still can be.

''The Masters and Tiger are synonymous after that extraordinary (performance) when he destroyed the field (in 1997),'' Adams said.

Addams continued: ''If he gives a good show, even a top-10 finish, I think you'll see once again Tiger is the first person on the betting sheet, without a doubt.''

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