Sports betting players should do themselves a favor and take a look at this weekend’s Northern Trust Open odds, which is headed by American Phil Mickelson. However, sportsbook players should know that international players have won seven tournaments at Riviera Country Club since 1997, with Luke Donald and Mike Weir as the main threats to end the Americans’ two-year streak in this event.
Mickelson, the defending champion, is the favorite in this event with Northern Trust Open odds of +1400, and he also finished as the runner-up here in 2007. However, Mickelson’s had a tough start to the season with a high finish of 42nd in three events, so far. Maybe he’s saving up all his game for the Masters in a month and a half.
Donald is a great value pick with Northern Trust Open odds of +2500, and he finished third here last year. The Englishman was injured last year, but he looks ready to get back on his grind in 2009, as shown by last week’s seventh-place showing at Pebble Beach. With his track record here, Donald is our pick to win this week at Riviera.
However, he’ll face stiff competition from Canadian Mike Weir, who has Northern Trust Open odds of +1600. Weir won here in 2003 and 2004, and even though he hasn’t come close to winning at Riviera since, he has a pair of top-fives in three starts so far this year.
Two more veterans to look out for when going over your Northern Trust Open odds are South Africans Ernie Els (+2500) and Retief Goosen (+2800). Els won here in 1999, while Goosen finished third in last week’s rain-shortened event at Pebble Beach. 2006 winner Rory Sabbatini is also in the field with Northern Trust Open odds of +4000.
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