2012 Northern Trust Official Las Vegas Golf Betting Odds: Phil Mickelson Favored but Opinions Vary

Las Vegas, Nevada (February 14, 2012)--According to the Las Vegas golf PGA Tour betting experts, Phil Mickelson is favored to win the Northern Trust Open at the famed Riviera Country Club. But, at what odds he goes off can vary according to Las Vegas' GolfOdds.com Founder Jeff Sherman. He opened Mickelson at 12/1 to win, followed by Luke Donald at 15/1 and Dustin Johnson at 20/1. --By Brian Hurlburt, Odds by Jeff Sherman.

"I am offering the highest odds on the market on Mickelson to win ... he ranges from 8-1 to 10-1 ... but I feel it's a bit of an overadjustment on him when he was in the 20's since the season started," reasons Sherman, the assistant director of the Las Vegas Hotel Superbook (formerly the Hilton). "He put together a fierce final round at Pebble mostly spurred on by playing with Tiger . I don't feel he should be single digit odds and thus it reflects in the individual matchup price where Donald is actually a favorite over Mickelson in that market. Donald's consistency near the top outweighs Mickelson's yet Donald's ability to close out a tournament is not at the level of Mickelson."

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Other notables and odds include Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia at 25/1, Las Vegas Golf Region residents Nick Watney and Kevin Na at 30/1, and recent winner Brandt Snedeker 40/1. Hot golfer of the moment Kyle Stanley is 30/1.

As always, we take a peak at the official PGATour.com Power Rankings to see how they shape up against the official Las Vegas golf odds. As usual, there are some differences. Writer Rob Bolton favors Luke Donald followed by Aaron Baddely. Baddely is 30/1 in the betting odds. Mickelson is third in the rankings.

Bolton writes the following about Mickelson: "The all-time money leader at Riviera is a two-time winner (2008, 2009). Also second here in 2007. Coming off a masterful bogey-free 64 to polish off a two-stroke win at Pebble. Missed just one fairway on Sunday. Ranked T3 in GIR and T10 in putting."


FEBRUARY 16-19, 2012
PHIL MICKELSON          12/1
LUKE DONALD             15/1
DUSTIN JOHNSON          20/1
ADAM SCOTT              25/1
SERGIO GARCIA           25/1
JASON DAY               25/1
HUNTER MAHAN            25/1
MATT KUCHAR             25/1
NICK WATNEY             30/1
AARON BADDELEY          30/1
K.J. CHOI               30/1
KEVIN NA                30/1
KYLE STANLEY            30/1
RICKIE FOWLER           40/1
BUBBA WATSON            40/1
BRANDT SNEDEKER         40/1
BILL HAAS               40/1
KEEGAN BRADLEY          40/1
JOHN ROLLINS            40/1
ZACH JOHNSON            50/1
SPENCER LEVIN           50/1
JUSTIN ROSE             50/1
BO VAN PELT             50/1
GEOFF OGILVY            50/1
MARTIN LAIRD            50/1
JIM FURYK               50/1
ROBERT ALLENBY          50/1
GARY WOODLAND           50/1
RORY SABBATINI          50/1
JASON DUFNER            50/1
ERNIE ELS               60/1
RETIEF GOOSEN           60/1
JOHN SENDEN             60/1
BRYCE MOLDER            60/1
CARL PETTERSSON         60/1
VIJAY SINGH             60/1
MARK WILSON             60/1
BUD CAULEY              60/1
CAMILO VILLEGAS         80/1
RICKY BARNES            80/1
RYAN MOORE              80/1
BRENDON DE JONGE        80/1
FRED COUPLES            80/1
Y.E. YANG               80/1
PATRICK CANTLAY        100/1
ANTHONY KIM            100/1
JOHNSON WAGNER         100/1
FIELD (all others)       4/1
LUKE DONALD             -130
PHIL MICKELSON          +110
ADAM SCOTT              -120
MATT KUCHAR             -110
HUNTER MAHAN            -110
AARON BADDELEY          -110
KEVIN NA                -110
BILL HAAS               -110
BUBBA WATSON            -110




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