Scott plays, while Tiger mends

Mar 30, 2004 4:35 AM

With the Masters less than two weeks away, the big question will be whether Tiger Woods has enough time to fix his game.

Woods finished in a tie for 16th at the TPC, which was better than he played. Consistently spraying balls to the right and nursing a pulled quad muscle, Tiger has a lot of work to do between now and his first tee shot at Augusta National.

Still, Woods opened at Palms Race and Sports Book as the solid 7-2 favorite to win golf’s first major. Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson are each second choice at 7-1, followed by Ernie Els at 9-1. Everyone else is in double-digits, including the new hot shot Adam Scott.

The 23-year-old Australian, one of three outstanding UNLV players to hit the PGA Tour by storm (also Chad Campbell and Chris Riley), is 25-1 to win the Masters. Get your bets in now, for Scott is a keeper. He’ll be in contention for a Green Jacket for years to come.

As for this week in Atlanta, the BellSouth is a nice warmup to the Masters both in location and course layout. Watch for John Daly this week at 50-1. We don’t think he’ll win, but the fact he did qualify for Augusta makes what he does here interesting. Daly is really psyched for Augusta.

We like Padraig Harrington, who closed so well in finishing a strong second to Scott at Ponte Vedra. Harrington’s game is obviously at peak efficiency and it wouldn’t surprise us at all if he removes that bridesmaid label in Atlanta.

Our other longshots picks and individual matchup selections are listed in the adjacent chart. Phil Mickelson is the favorite in the Bell South at 6-1.

Mike Weir, another lefty, is next at 11-1. Scott is 12-1 with Harrington at 14-1.