THE PLAYERS Championship: Tiger favored after 36 holes

Tiger Woods fired a 5-under 67 for the second consecutive day to become the outright betting favorite at the TPC at Sawgrass after second- round play.

Woods is now 7/4 to win his second title at THE PLAYERS Championship and trails Sergio Garcia, who fired a 7-under 65 Friday to take a one-stroke advantage (-11) over Tiger at the top of the leaderboard after 36 holes.

Garcia didn’t miss a single fairway and putted for birdie on every hole on the back nine. But now the Spaniard will be paired with Woods on Saturday, which as history tell us could be bad news for him.

El Nino and Woods have been paired or grouped 19 times in 12 tournaments. Tiger is 12-3-4 in those matchups, including a 6-0 mark on the weekend. Woods also has won eight of the 12 tourneys the two were paired or grouped for at least one round.

Here are the updated odds courtesy of the LVH SuperBook:

TPC Sawgrass - Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
May 9 - 12, 2013
ODDS to Win (updated after Rd 2):


Tiger Woods     7/4
Sergio Garcia     9/2
Lee Westwood     8/1
Henrik Stenson     12/1
Adam Scott     12/1
Rory McIlroy     15/1
Matt Kuchar     25/1
Hunter Mahan     30/1
Zach Johnson     30/1
Kevin Chappell     40/1
Ryan Palmer     40/1
Jason Dufner     40/1
Webb Simpson     40/1
Steve Stricker     40/1
Casey Wittenberg     60/1
Martin Laird     60/1
David Lingmerth     80/1
Charles Howell III     80/1
Marc Leishman     100/1
Field (all others)     12/1

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