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Mickelson Makes Return To Golf At The WGC-Bridgestone Invitation

Sports Betting News - August 5th, 2009 - Written by Ryan Smith

phil mickelsonPhil Mickelson has spent the last six weeks of his life Helping his wife, and mother deal with the stresses of Breast Cancer. In that six week span Mickelson has not entered any golf tournaments, but said this about his recovering wife and mother on his website "The best news is that the cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes, which improves our chances of beating this in the short and long term”. The last tournament Phil participated in was the U.S. Open, Mickelson played well enough to place second in that tournament. In fact despite not playing the last 5 weeks, Mickelson is still ranked number 4 in the world rankings.

The WGC - Bridgestone  Invitational is one of three tournaments Mickelson has decided to participate in before the season ends. The Bridgestone Invitational starts this Thursday August 6, 2009 and coverage of the first round starts at 2:00 pm on the Golf Channel. CBS continues coverage of the golf tournament on Saturday and Sunday starting at 2:00 pm as well. Mickelson has played in the previous 10 Bridgestone invitational, and his best finish ever in the event came in 1999 when he tied for second place.

The Bridgestone Invitational - WGC golf tournament is being held at the Firestone Country Club in Akron Ohio, over a 1,000 miles away from his wife and mother who are being treated in Houston Texas. Many golf fans are looking forward to seeing Phil play on the golf course, and other are excited to show their support for this terminal moment in his life. In his last tournament event at the U.S. Open on the Beth Page Black golf course, fans all over New York displayed their support for the fan favorite professional golfer Phil Mickelson. Most think the fans in Ohio will act in similar fashion this weekend.

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The sportsbooks still think Phil has a strong chance to win the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational this weekend, as he has 12:1 odds to win on Sunday. Tiger Woods is of course the heavy favorite to win the tournament at 3:2 odds, but when is Tiger not the favorite to win a golf tournament. Most fans and media members want the final round to come down to Phil and Tiger on Sunday afternoon, and who wouldn't want to see the two most popular professional golfers battle in the final round of play. Bodog and BetUS, two of the worlds leading online sportsbooks, have already released odds on the top 40 golfers playing in the tournament this weekend.

Other Notable Odds To Win
Anthony Kim - 25:1
Jim Furyk - 25:1
Lee Westwood - 25:1
Rory Mcllroy - 30:1
Sergio Garcia - 30:1
Vijah Singh - 40:1

Notable Long Shots
Trevor Immelman - 150:1
Stuart Appleby - 100:1
Robert Allenby - 100:1
Boo Weekley - 100:1
Chad Campbell - 125:1

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