There’s always been a spot of madness associated with betting on Tiger Woods, so perhaps this shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. Hordes of cash have been shoved behind the 14-time major winner in his 20 years on tour, and until very recently, it was difficult to ever find good odds on the sporting world’s favorite Swoosh-sporting philanderer.
Sports books have historically hedged their bets, quite literally, on Woods, offering him at tighter-than-actual odds due to the always staggering volume of wagers on Woody.
Food for thought … ?
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And it seems with Woods’ return to competition (and suggestion that he still knows how to play golf) at the Hero World Challenge, the punters are plunking down their cash en masse. According to Forbes, TW is the leader in both ticket count and money wagered for the Masters currently at Las Vegas books.
As Golfweek’s Kevin Casey noted, at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, Woods’ odds dropped from 40-1 to 20-1 after his showing at the Hero World Challenge.
8 percent of current Masters bets are on Woods. 11 percent of all Masters money (including prop bets and such, presumably) is currently hitched to Woods-related items.
TW hasn’t donned a green jacket since 2005…you know, when he did this…
Here are the top-10 favorites, with their respective odds, per sportsbook.ag.
- Jordan Spieth: 15-2
- Rory McIlroy: 15-2
- Jason Day: 8-1
- Dustin Johnson: 10-1
- Hideki Matsuyama: 13-1
- Bubba Watson: 18-1
- Adam Scott: 20-1
- Tiger Woods: 22-1
- Henrik Stenson: 25-1
- Justin Rose: 27-1