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Can Woods Repeat Last Year's Masters Championship Win? - 2002-04-10

British bookmakers have eased the odds that world number one golfer Tiger Woods will repeat as Masters champion this week, after no large bets were placed on him.

London-based bookmaker William Hill dropped the odds to 11-4 Wednesday. One British backer has staked more than $1400 on Woods at odds of 13-8 to win only one major tournament this year.

Hills quoted odds of 33-1 that the reigning Masters champion would miss the cut on the revamped Augusta National Golf Club course.

Ernie Els of South Africa is listed at 11-1 while American Phil Mickelson is 14-1 and two-time Masters winner Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain is listed at 16-1 odds.

One novelty bet offered at 66-1 is that Scotland's Colin Montgomerie will have another dispute with American fans and refuse to play at the U.S. Open in protest.