Mas­ters gets in­ter­est­ing with pos­si­ble bets on Tiger

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For­get about sim­ply bet­ting on Tiger Woods to win the Mas­ters, Bri­tish book­mak­ers are tak­ing wa­gers on whether he will hit a tree on his first drive or kiss an anony­mous blonde be­fore teeing off.

Woods, who will make his re­turn to golf next week at Au­gusta Na­tional af­ter months of seclu­sion fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions that he cheated on his wife, is shap­ing up to be a big mar­ket for bet­tors in Bri­tain.

“We’ll ab­so­lutely cer­tainly take a cou­ple of mil­lion (pounds) on it our­selves,” William Hill spokesman Ru­pert Adams said Tues­day. “So far, peo­ple are sen­si­bly re­luc­tant to part with their cash un­til two or three days be­fore­hand ... be­cause once you place your bet you can’t can­cel it.”

Both William Hill and Lad- brokes have Woods listed as the 4-1 fa­vorite to win his fifth Mas­ters ti­tle, de­spite that he hasn’t played com­pet­i­tively since driv­ing his ve­hi­cle into a tree out­side his home in late Novem­ber. The tour­na­ment be­gins April 8.

Phil Mick­el­son is the sec­ond fa­vorite at 9-1, and Ernie Els is third at 10-1, ac­cord­ing to William Hill. But aside from the usual bets, mar­kets are open on whether Woods will be the cen­ter of any un­ex­pected oc­cur­rences, such as an ar- gu­ment, a fit of anger or an ap­pear­ance by his wife, Elin Norde­gren.

“We’ve got a whole host (of mar­kets), the fun­nies around to the se­ri­ous,” Lad­brokes spokesman Nick Wein­berg said. “Ob­vi­ously, (we’ve) priced him up to win the ma­jor, to miss the cut, to have a fight with a fan on the first tee, to kiss an anony­mous blonde — which doesn’t in­clude (John) Daly, we point out.” | The As­so­ci­ated Press

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Andy Rod­dick is seek­ing his first Sony Eric­s­son Open ti­tle since 2004.

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