Tiger Woods is still the favorite at Internet gambling companies to win the Masters but Els is starting to get some attention.
Online gambling odds still haven’t favored Els in the past PGA Tournaments but there is no question that Els is playing as well as any golfer in the world. He made two important par putts and won the rain-delayed Arnold Palmer Invitational on Monday. This was the tournament that Tiger considered returning for. It is unlikely that it would have mattered since Els dominated the first three rounds. He did what was necessary in the final round to get his second straight win.
Els has won two straight on tour for the first time in seven years. He is now a definite contender at Internet gambling companies to win the Masters. "I'd like to put this jacket in some dye," Els said after winning, "Some green dye." Els won the World Golf Championship at Doral by four shots two weeks ago. He had a five shot lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday with six holes left but he hit a shot into the water on 13 for a double bogey. He then had a bogey on 14 and his lead was down to two. He recovered nicely though and did what needed to be done to win. "The whole thing changed from being very comfortable to being just as tense as I've been for a long time," Els said. "So it was a hard struggle today. If I can say it, I really earned this one."
Els is now at number seven in the world rankings. He has earned more than $3 million this online gambling golf season and is leading the PGA Tour money list. Kevin Na finished in second place along with Edoardo Molinari.
Online gambling statistics indicate that Els is the first player since Tiger Woods in 2001 to win twice on the Florida Swing. The win was the second one for Els at Bay Hill. He would now like to add the green jacket next. "I know the history of Augusta pretty well and there's been a lot of nice stories," Els said. With the win at Arnold Palmer’s course, Els is now a contender at Augusta. "I think he's going to be tough at Augusta," Palmer said.