The bookmakers still believe in Tiger Woods in spite of last week’s performance in the US Open.
With the Open at Muirfield five weeks away, the bookmakers has already identified their favorite for the title. The man with the lowest odds is … You guessed it: Tiger Woods.
According to USA Today, Bovada Sports Betting has Woods listed at 6-to-1 while Golfodds.com pick him at 7-to-1. Adam Scott, who has actually won a major this year and threw away last year’s British Open on the last hole, is as high as 20-to-1. No joke.
Last time Tiger had odds 6-to-1 in a British Open was in 2006 at Royal Liverpool, being the defending champion after winning at St. Andrews the year before. Woods won at Hoylake to make it two Opens in a row.
But the last time Woods were at Muirfield, he was in better shape than now. Woods came to the Open in 2002 as the winner of both the Masters and the US Open that year, but in East Lothian, during the third round of the Open, Woods carded a 81 that to this day is registered as his worst round as a professional.
To be fair, that year, the Saturday round was rainy, cold, and windy that year, but only three players scored worse than Tiger that day. Ernie Els won the title, and this year the South African can be the third player since 2005 to win the British two years in a row. While Tiger won in 2005 and 2006, Padraig Harrington took the title in 2007 and 2008.
But according to the bookies the Big Easy is not likely to repeat his triumph this year. Having Tiger win his first major in five years, and his first British Open title since 2006 appear to seem far more realistic.
Woods finished last week’s US Open tied for 32nd after posting a 76 in the third round, also tying his worst score in a US Open ever.