Bookies set for Tiger mauling if world number one wins

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

A win by the American, who took a break from golf when his private life spectacularly unraveled at the end of last year amid allegations of extra-marital affairs, would cost British bookmakers Ladbrokes around $4.57 million.

"We're set for a mauling if Tiger gets his paws on the trophy," Ladbrokes spokesman Nick Weinberg said in a news release on Thursday.

Fellow American Phil Mickelson, a double champion at Augusta, is rated at 14-1 with South African Ernie Els third best at 16-1.

Ladbrokes also offered special odds for other Woods-related incidents.

The American, who is bidding to become the first player to launch his season with a major victory since fellow countryman Ben Hogan clinched the 1953 Masters, is 100-1 to record an ace.

Woods is 5-1 to launch his opening tee shot into the trees and 5-4 to register at least five birdies in Thursday's first round.

(Editing by Tony Jimenez)