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Bet on Golf  The 2011 PGA Farmers Insurance Open is underway, and the world’s most famous golfer isn’t doing too shabby. After the first opening round this Thursday Tiger is tied for 8th, and is only 5 shots behind the lead. He landed four consecutive birdies in the front nine. 3-under 69 in the first round of the Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Playing the North Course, Woods turned in a bogey-free round, along with 18 holes without an incident from the gallery. The world’s former No. 1 trails rookie leader Sunghook Kang by five strokes but is in prime position to compete this weekend and build on a feel-good start.

When betting on golf note that Tiger Woods has a 3/2 odds to win, compared to Phil Mickelson who has 6/1 odds and Dustin Johnson at 8/1.

There is a lot riding on this season for Tiger. The former No. 1 suffered a devastating drop in his career last year after the world discovered his extramarital affairs. Woods mustered to hit only five fairways in his first round of 2011 but did hit 15 greens in regulation, showing some early returns from a once-again revamped swing. On day 2 Woods will be on the South Course, which is the harder of the two Torrey Pines courses. He needs his first victory since 2009, but when placing your golf bets remember that Tiger has 8 career wins at Torrey Pines under his belt. He is definitely looking like he improved, especially after coming back from 5 shots or more to win 4 of them.

Also capitalizing on his opening round success is John Daly, who is 3-under for the day and 8-under for the tournament through seven holes. He shot 67 in the opening round, and last year he didn’t even make the cut! Last year at this time he had considered quitting, as he shot 71-79. But this week was his best round at Torrey Pines since he shot a 66 while winning in 2004. Daly is playing here on a sponsor's exemption. He doesn't have full privileges on the PGA Tour but decided against Qualifying School because he can always play the European Tour, which welcomed him during his suspension for conduct unbecoming two years ago. Q School, a grueling week, doesn't exactly suit his inconsistency. Daly said he doesn't need to play a fifth major.

 

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