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Big Bets Start Coming In On Tiger Woods To Win The Masters

FairwayJay March 5, 2019
Tiger Woods Masters betting odds

Can Tiger Woods become a Masters champion again? Some bettors think so, and are putting their money on it in a big way.

$10K on Woods

As March Madness nears, the tune-up tournaments toward the Masters, which are held April 11-14 at Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia, are in full swing. This means that betting on the Masters — golf’s biggest event — is also on course.

The games’ biggest name just had a big bet placed on him. Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas took a $10,000 bet on Woods to win the 2019 Masters at 12 to 1 odds.

The ‘Tiger’ effect

Jeff Sherman is the vice president of risk management and golf oddsmaker at the SuperBook. Westgate SuperBook has the biggest menu of golf betting options and matchups in Vegas. Last year’s Masters drew a record handle at the SuperBook, thanks to Woods.

Tiger Woods“Tiger’s effect has been about 30 percent extra to what we normally do,” Sherman said.

Last year, the SuperBook had 100 Masters props, while in more recent years, the SuperBook would post about 40 props.

Woods ranked first in ticket count to win. This year will have more Woods props after many bettors lost in the 2018 Masters when Woods finished tied for 32nd and 1-over par with the best score of 69 in the final round.

Woods prop bets

  • Will Tiger finish in the Top 5? Yes +300; No -400
  • Will Tiger finish in the Top 10? Yes +155; No -175
  • Will Tiger finish in the Top 20? Yes -160; No +140
  • Lowest round shot by Woods: 68.5

“Any time Tiger plays, he garners so much attention from the general public that his odds are generally half of what they would be had his name not been associated with the odds,” Sherman said.

Last season, Woods returned to relevance brought more fans and betting interest to golf. In fact, in late 2017 before Woods made his 2018 debut, Woods was 100-1 to win the Masters.

The SuperBook took 30 bets on Woods at long odds. By the time the 2018 Masters arrived, Woods was the betting favorite at odds as low as 6-1, and record betting on the Masters was reported.

Woods’ last major victory

Woods last significant win was his 14th in 2008 when he won the US Open at Torrey Pines on the first sudden death hole following an 18-hole playoff.

Woods won the 2018 Tour Championship at East Lake in September for his 80th career PGA Tour victory; the event drew the highest-ever TV rating for a FedEx Cup Playoff event.

Woods is a four-time Masters champion (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005). He tied for 17th in the 2015 Masters at 5-under par. He did not play in 2016 or 2017 due to health and injury issues.

Woods sitting out

Woods was scheduled to return to Bay Hill this week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he has won eight times in 18 starts. But he announced Monday afternoon that he would miss the tournament.

Woods will likely play next week in the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass as he makes the Florida swing in preparation for next month’s Masters.

His health and odds to win will be watched closely as well, but they can’t go much lower unless he wins an event or seriously contends leading up to the Masters. For now, one bettor thought 12-1 was good enough and hopes Woods will play at Augusta and turn his $10,000 into $120,000 with a Masters victory.

Whether you’re betting on golf or playing daily fantasy sports and fantasy golf, the Masters will be a major betting event to enjoy and be engaged in as Woods continues his pursuit of another major victory.

2019 Masters odds (Updated March 4)

Here’s a look at where things stand for betting on the Masters:

PlayerFanDuelBetStarsWestgate
Rory McIllroy+950+1100+1200
Dustin Johnson+1100+1000+1000
Justin Thomas+1200+1400+1400
Tiger Woods+1300+1400+1200
Justin Rose+1300+1200+1200
Jordan Spieth+1500+1600+1600
Jon Rahm+1700+1800+1800
Bryson DeChambeau+1700+1800+1800
Brooks Koepka+1900+1800+1600
Rickie Fowler+2100+2000+1600
Jason Day+2800+2500+2000
Phil Mickelson+3100+3000+2500
Adam Scott+3200+4000+4000
Bubba Watson+3200+3000+3000
Hideki Matsuyama+3500+4000+3000
Tony Finau+3500+4000+2500
Patrick Reed+3600+3300+3500
Xander Schauffele+3600+3300+3500
Marc Leishman+4600+5000+4000
Patrick Cantlay+4600+6600+6000
Paul Casey+4600+4000+4000
Tommy Fleetwood+4600+3300+3000
Francesco Molinari+5000+5000+5000
Henrik Stenson+5500+6000+6000
Gary Woodland+5500+6600+6000
Sergio Garcia+5500+5000+5000
Cameron Smith+5500+6600+6000
Matt Kuchar+5500+5000+4000
Louis Oosthuizen+5500+5000+6000
Haotong Li+7500+8000+10000
Webb Simpson+7500+8000+8000
Branden Grace+11000+10000+10000
Alex Noren+16000+8000+10000
Billy Horschel+16000+10000+12500
Zach Johnson+16000+10000+10000

 

The Match: Complete Betting Guide For Tiger vs. Phil At Shadow Creek

Thomas Casale November 23, 2018
Tiger Phil Betting

Thanksgiving weekend offers up a feast of options for sports’ fans. There’s NFL, college football, college basketball, NBA and NHL to choose from during the four days people are recovering from a turkey coma. This year, we can add golf to the list.

Two of golf’s biggest legends, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, will go head-to-head in a matchplay challenge on Friday, Nov. 23 for a $9 million cash prize. The event will take place at the Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas at 3 p.m. ET. The match isn’t open to the public.

Woods is a -200 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook to win the event with, Mickelson coming in at +150.

Woods owns the most major victories by any active golfer (14) and has the second-most all time, behind only Jack Nicklaus. Woods’ first major win came in the 1997 Masters but he hasn’t won one since 2008, when he defeated Rocco Mediate by one stroke in a playoff at the U.S. Open.

Mickelson has five major championships, including three wins at The Masters. The only major he hasn’t won is the U.S. Open where he’s finished as the runner-up six times.

There are multiple ways to watch The Match and even more betting options for gamblers. Here is everything you need to know for Tiger vs. Phil on Nov. 23:

When do Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson tee off?

Tigers vs. Phil will take place at 3 p.m. ET on Nov. 23, 2018.

Where is The Match being played?

Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas will host the event. The private course was recently ranked as the No. 26 overall golf course in the United States by Golf Digest.

How do I watch Tiger vs. Phil?

There are a variety of ways to watch The Match. It can be seen on pay-per-view through B/R Live, DirecTV, and AT&T U-Verse. The pay-per-view will also be sent to several other cable outlets such as Comcast and Verizon.

How much does The Match cost on pay-per-view?

The event will cost $19.99 through the various pay-per-view options.

What can I bet on?

Besides picking an outright winner, bettors can wager on alternative lines and props for the event, along with in-play betting options at sportsbooks like DraftKings and SugarHouse. Below are some prop bets being offered at many sportsbooks:

Who will win the match?

 DraftKingsBetStarsSugarHouse888sport
Tiger Woods-200-200-200-200
Phil Mickelson+150+163+150+150

As good as Mickelson has been in his career, Tiger is considered the better player of the two, so it’s not surprising to see him the favorite. However, this isn’t a tournament. It’s a one on one matchplay. There is some value with Phil and the number could go toward Tiger even more as we get closer to the event.

Tiger vs. Phil Props

BetStars NJ

  • Woods to hit the first fairway: 1/2
  • Mickelson to hit the first fairway: 4/7
  • Woods to average a higher driving distance: 8/13
  • Mickelson to average a higher driving distance: 11/8
  • Woods to average a higher driving accuracy %: 11/10
  • Mickelson to have more One-Putts: 5/6
  • Woods to have more One-Putts: 1/1
  • Woods to have an eagle: 5/2
  • Mickelson to have an eagle: 11/4
  • All Square through 18 holes: 5/1
  • Woods to have a Hole in One: 200/1
  • Mickelson to have a Hole in One: 200/1
  • Any Hole in One: 100/1

Westgate SuperBook

First golfer to go 1UP

  • Tiger Woods -120
  • Phil Mickelson EVEN

Which golfer will lead after 9 holes

  • Tiger Woods – 170
  • Phil Mickelson +145

Will either golfer win three consecutive holes?

  • Yes +700
  • No -1100

Tiger or Phil to hit a shot into a water hazard

  • Yes +375
  • No -550

Tiger or Phil to hit a shot out of bounds

  • Yes +550
  • No -900

Check back for more props and analysis as we get closer to the match in Las Vegas.

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Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson Prop Bets We’d Like to See

Chops October 29, 2018
Woods Mickelson Prop Bets

The Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson heads-up match is less than a month away. All of the major details are now in place: Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, at Shadow Creek golf course in Las Vegas.

HBO released the trailer for the series 24/7 THE MATCH: TIGER VS. PHIL on Monday. As if we needed more reason to get hyped for this.

With the end-of-season up-tick in Woods’ game, the match now carries even more weight and intrigue. We wrote about how perfect this was for gambling before, and not just because these two once had bad blood (their relationship was “cool at best, unfriendly at worst”) and Mickelson has a propensity to gamble large sums of money.

Because this is a made-for-TV event with two hyper-competitive personalities, and wagering is part of the golfing culture in general, the prop bet possibilities should elevate this match to legendary status.

Unfortunately, reality hasn’t met expectation yet, particularly on the prop betting side.

The most interesting props listed to date have to do with obvious (and lame) wagers like “What color shirt” will one of them wear.

Vegas, we’re better than that.

Here’s a list of props we’d like to see.

Let’s make it interesting…

To date, the craziest made-for-(Internet)-TV golf betting event I witnessed was Erick Lindgren’s June 2007 golf prop. It was around 115 degrees that day, and there were some legitimate, “Will he even live through this?” props being bandied about.

Lindgren was a man only against his own willpower. Mickelson and Woods are among the greatest golfers to ever swing a club. Props can go in so many different directions. Here’s just a few:

  • Longest Drive: This plays well into the old 2003 equipment controversy, and is a genuine Alpha-male measuring stick. No-brainer. Bet Tiger.
  • How Many Cutaways to Tiger’s Girlfriend: There have been similar Tom Brady-Giselle Super Bowl props, and given the, “Wait, who the hell is that?” stories this generated at Tiger’s PGA Championship win, it’s a solid prop. Bet the over, whatever it is.
  • Number of Awkward High-Fives: Love this one. First, all pro golfer high-fives are awkward. Second, will Phil and Tiger be friendly? They don’t really like each other. If they pretend to like each other and attempt a high-five, it’s immediately historically meme-worthy. Regardless, given their past history and competitiveness, if this is offered, take the under.
  • Over/Under on Swear Words: Tiger was not-so-secretly an a-hole. Phil was secretly an a-hole. With a suggested $19.99 PPV price, golf them up and let them let f-bombs fly. Tiger, even when on network TV, makes Ralphie’s dad look like Mr. Rogers. Heavy bet the over if offered.
  • First to Hit Drive Out of Bounds and / or First to Hit Drive into Rough: As a glorified exhibition, these two will be pulling driver out early and often. A secondary prop to this would be, “What hole will golfer first drive into the rough…” Either way, bet Woods and early.
  • Number of Holes Tiger / Phil Use Driver: Everything about this match should be big. Including the club choice. Let it rip, take the over.
  • Total Tiger / Phil Putts: If Tiger wins, it’s because his putting game is on. If you like Tiger, then you’d like the under on this one.
  • Over / Under on Tiger Fist Pumps: Again, if you’re already betting Tiger, parlay the over on fist pumps.
  • Mickelson vs. Arizona State: Mickelson went to Arizona State. ASU plays their rivalry game against Arizona the day after Phil plays Tiger. Let’s pit Mickelson’s total vs. the over-under on ASU vs. Arizona. Maybe Herm Edwards can even give Phil a pre-packaged “You play to win the game!” pep talk.
  • Weigh-In Props: The match is in Vegas. Vegas is known for their fighter weigh-ins. Can’t somebody sponsor a Mickelson-Woods pre-match weigh-in? It’s the day after Thanksgiving, so bet the Lefty over.
  • Get In the Hole! Props: Least favorite thing about live golf are all of the “get in the hole” idiots. That could all change, of course, if it was a prop that I could take the over on. Turn a negative into a positive. Lean heavy on the over.

Step it up, Vegas. Everything about this match should be fun and semi-ridiculous. Time for the props to catch up.

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2018 Ryder Cup Odds: Despite Past Struggles, Sportsbooks Still Like Tiger Woods

Chops September 26, 2018
Ryder Cup Odds

Tiger Woods’ TOUR Championship win has sent everyone into some orgasmic and euphoric state of golfing bliss.

His win led to the highest ever FedEx Cup Playoff TV rating, up 206% (!!!) over last year’s final.

Woods is now the 2019 Masters favorite. And his heads-up match against Mickelson. And multiple majors next year.

Woods at the Ryder Cup tho…

Even when Woods was crushing souls and winning every major in sight, he kind of stunk at the Ryder Cup.

His career record at the Ryder Cup is an un-awe-inspiring  13-17-3 (Wins, Losses, Halves).

Yet, he’s among the favorites (+600 at FanDuel and +650 BetStars in NJ) to be the top scoring American this year. Dustin Johnson is listed at +470 and +500 on those books, respectively.

Nine months ago it was an Old Dominion-level long shot that Tiger Woods would even be considered for the squad, let alone make it. Now:

Pretty amazing, considering a year ago right now he just started chipping and putting again.

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Seeing The Woods Through The Trees: Tiger Is Back, And Oddsmakers Agree

Grant Lucas September 25, 2018
Tiger Woods

The 18th green and the area around it at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta may now sit several feet lower than it did Sunday morning thanks to Tiger Woods. Ironically, after causing the uproarious celebration that Atlanta hasn’t seen since the Falcons took a 25-point lead in Super Bowl LI (too soon?), Woods watched his odds soar to win next year’s Masters.

And fitting how, just after securing his 80th career PGA win in his trademark red polo and black slacks, Woods has seemingly made his return as the man to beat. Not just on the golf course but also in the sports betting world. Tiger’s furious finale over the weekend resulted in a number of Tiger-centric futures hitting the sportsbooks. And for once, we don’t have to see the headline, cringe and wonder, “Who cares?”

And that’s what life is all about, right?

Welcome Back, Kotter Tiger

Few expected Tiger Woods to win again after… well… you know…

And then…

Not even John Daly, the long-ball-hitting, tee-off-a-beer-can-swinging and every-man’s favorite golfer whose notoriety for going hard resulted in a cocktail bearing his name, received as much scrutiny.

Yet Woods somehow did the improbable: located the nearest shovel, digging himself out of the hole and scooping up Lindsey Vonn (a gentleman’s tip of the cap, sir). He appeared in nearly just as many tournaments in2018 (18) than the past four years combined (19). He nearly tripled the number of made cuts (16) this past year than between 2014 and 2017 (6) while appearing in all four majors for the first time since 2015.

In Atlanta this Sunday, Woods booked his first PGA win since 2013 and his first Tour Championship victory in 11 years. Watching his post-round interview provided chills, a nostalgic “TI-GER! TI-GER! TI-GER!” chant breaking out from the gallery.

If futures odds are any indication, it won’t be the last time a reception such as that will occur on the 18th green.

Masters and Commander

Per the Westgate SuperBook, Woods is the odds-on favorite to win The Masters. Shake it off. Not a typo. Tiger. Woods. Is. The. Favorite.

Shortly after he sealed the Tour Championship win (and second place in the FedEx Cup standings for a cool $3 million on top of the $1.67 million for winning the tourney), Woods jumped to the top of the 2019 Masters odds list.

Heading into the weekend, Woods was tabbed as a 12/1 favorite to win the coveted green jacket (gold jacket?) next year. Now, Tiger has the target on his back as he seeks his 15th major victory, including his first since 2008 and first at Augusta since 2005.

Other odds emerge

Cue Billy Mays: “But wait… There’s more!”

Remember that Tiger vs. Phil Mickelson head-to-head event? The one thing no Thanksgiving can do without? Westgate lists Woods at -220 to win the match-play event over Lefty, who is tabbed at +180 to win.

“But wait… There’s more!”

Westgate apparently also offers futures on Tiger’s performances at the majors next year. Not so much, “Will he win?” Rather, “How many will he win?”

Thus concludes Tiger Watch — OH BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

Apparently “futures” is not limited to just 2019. So make that bet and keep it in a safe place for seven years.

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Bets And Birdies: Three Memorable Phil Mickelson Wagers On The Golf Course

Sean Chaffin August 23, 2018
Phil Mickelson

The golf season may be winding down, but fans will be eager to check out at least one more event on the horizon in 2018. Golf legends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are now confirmed to play a winner-take-all heads-up match on Thanksgiving weekend at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.

The winner will take home $9 million. Woods and Mickelson are the top money earners in tour history and Mickelson would close the gap by a lot if he were to win this one as the underdog. Woods opened as a -130 favorite (Mickelson +110) at the Westgate SuperBook in Vegas when the match was first announced. The line moved to Woods -180 (Mickelson +150) at Westgate as of Wednesday evening.

Every shot can be viewed live, in pay-per-view, on the B/R Live app. Bettors will have no shortage of options to wager on the match; props and in-play betting will be a huge draw, especially in legal betting markets like New Jersey and Nevada where mobile betting will be available.

Mickelson said during a practice round for the Northern Trust Open this week that details are being worked out to allow various challenges during the match with Woods, including the longest drive, longest putt, and closest shot to the pin.

No stranger to throwing down a few bucks on a bet (OK, thousands usually), Mickelson is an old pro in the wagering game. We thought it would be fun to look at four interesting bets he made over the years, including three that happened right on the golf course.

Two million bucks? No problem

That’s no small football bet, but during the 2017 federal securities fraud trial of Las Vegas businessman and gambler Billy Walters, court documents revealed Mickelson had transferred $1.95 million to the gambler in 2012, according to ESPN.

The documents revealed: “Records show that in July 2012 Mickelson owed a debt to William T. Walters, the defendant, related to sports gambling.” Not one to welch on a bet, Mickelson transferred the money to Williams that September. No details on what Mickelson bet on, but his golf bets seem to have turned out better.

Not quite two million bucks

In a 2014 Masters practice round, Mickelson left a shot just off the green on the par-3 sixth hole. A fan said it was too tough a shot and Mickelson wouldn’t get up and down. A $1 bet was made – and the fan won.

Once again, Mickelson paid the bet, but had to borrow a five-dollar bill from a caddie, noting that he doesn’t carry small bills. The fan also took home a keepsake – a Mickelson golf ball. At least this loss didn’t require a bank transfer.

Putt it, bitch

On the course, apparently, Phil is money when bigger cash is on the line. Paul Azinger told PGA Tour Radio about a Mickelson shot many years back that netted Lefty a few thousand bucks against some golf legends.

On the 18th hole, all four golfers in the group had birdie putts, with Mickelson’s ball closest at 15 feet. The three others missed, and each had $1,600 on the line. If Mickelson made the putt, they owed him that amount.

“If he makes it, we lose $1,600,” Azinger said. “If we beg out, we forfeit $800. But if he misses it, we only lose $400. So Payne (Stewart) says, ‘I’m out.’ I said it was downhill, right-to-left. He’s not making it.”

Ben Crenshaw also begged out, locking up $800 for Mickelson. Azinger decided to stay at the full amount and said to Mickelson, “Putt it, bitch.” Lefty holed it, of course.

“Payne starts smiling and high-fiving Mickelson because I just lost $1,600 and he only lost $400,” Azinger said. “I was so mad. That’s when I knew Mickelson was going to be a really good player.”

Tin cup cash

One crazy Mickelson bet came during the filming of the movie “Tin Cup.” Cheech Marin played a caddie in the film and spoke to Golf Digest about an amazing shot he witnessed.

“We were between scenes, standing around, and someone came up with a bet,” Marin said. “There was this really tall pine tree, and someone said to Phil Mickelson, ‘I bet you can’t put your shoulder against the tree, drop a ball and hit it over the tree.’ The shot basically had to go straight up. Everybody threw in a hundred bucks. I think there was $1,200 in the pot. And he did it! When the ball was still in the air, Mickelson bent over, picked up the money, and put it in his pocket.”

Tough putts, pine trees – no problem.

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Woods vs. Mickelson $10M Showdown Confirmed: This Is A Sports Bettor’s Dream

Chops August 2, 2018
Woods vs. Mickelson

Golf Powers That Be, thank you.

Thank you for “getting it.”

The date is (more or less) set for the Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson (likely) $10 million (possibly) winner-take-all showdown. It will (definitely) take place in Las Vegas at the Shadow Creek Golf Course on either Friday, Nov. 23 or Saturday, Nov. 24.

Why this is great for golf and sports bettors

Gimmicks work.

The November 9 at the World Series of Poker was a gimmicky idea that initially brought more attention to the game and broadcast.

Baseball is almost never part of the national dialogue any more…but this year’s Home Run Derby definitely was.

Unless Tiger Woods is involved, nobody watches golf on TV anymore. Yes, being able to fantasy bet on it helped, but Tiger moves the needle. With this event now in November, the public will be able to 1) watch Tiger Woods, 2) in a gimmicky event, that 3) is tailor-made for betting.

Genius.

This will work.

Holding the event in Vegas is perfect. It opens the door to discuss the betting elements and integrate that dialogue into the coverage. Also, there’s a billionty percent chance that Mickelson and Woods will have side bets going on. Be open about it. Make it a part of the coverage.

Further, what a way to promote Super Live betting to the public. Every hole, every swing, every putt can matter not just to the golfers, but to the bettors.

Where this SHOULD go

The Tiger vs. Lefty match should be the tip of the iceberg.

If handled properly, this showdown can be the forerunner for TV products that cater to the betting public. Think of the free-spending poker boom years where PokerStars and Full Tilt created and funded show after show in a customer acquisition arms race.

While those types of free-spending days are not replicable or sustainable—a slimmed down version of that model is. Create one-off events (or a series of events), underwritten by a sportsbook, with exclusivity to that sportsbook for betting (or the in-game feed), and watch wagering explode.

Let’s do this, William Hill.  Step up, MGM. You got this.

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The Masters Betting Is Way Up In Las Vegas … And It’s Not Just Tiger Woods

Marc Meltzer April 4, 2018
The Masters Betting

The Masters tees off shortly and Las Vegas is expecting something special. There is talk around town is that this could be the most wagered on Masters of all time for the state of Nevada. Tiger Woods went from long shot to favorite but he’s not the only reason for the surge in golf betting at Las Vegas casinos.

  • Handle at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas is up 60% to 70%. Could be largest ever.
  • The high activity on Tiger Woods is making other golfers a better value. Bets are up for all golfers.
  • Sharp sports bettors look for value outside of the big names.

Jay Rood, VP of Race & Sports for MGM Resorts casinos in Las Vegas says that Masters betting at his properties is through the roof. Handle, the amount of money wagered, is up by 60% to 70% over last year’s Masters betting.

The number of bets made this year is up about 30% and the average wager per ticket is higher than previous years. Additionally, while mobile wagering is usually 25%-30% of overall handle, golf is at least that and maybe more. The easy access to betting via mobile device makes it easy to drop $20 on a random prop bet or two.

This should be the largest-bet Masters of all time

The Tiger Effect

Tiger Woods’ comeback is certainly having an effect on Masters betting. However he may move the needle for television ratings, he’s just another golfer that gets a lot of action in the sportsbook. Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and other popular golfers are also seeing a lot of bets.

While a record betting handle is expected on the Masters, it isn’t only because of one factor. It’s the combination of the popular golfers playing well and the possible comeback event for Tiger Woods.

While the mainstream public is betting heavily on Tiger, the golf fans and sharper sports bettors are finding value elsewhere. Rood sees bets coming in on a variety of golfers. Sharper money is being wagered on Tommy Fleetwood. The experienced golf bettors are also looking at younger guys like Alexander Noren. Jay Rood sees value with one of the younger golfers, Ryan Moore, at 100-1 odds.

Tiger is still Tiger

Odds on Woods to win the Masters are low across the board. He’s even moved from 12-1 to 10-1 at MGM Resorts sportsbooks. He’s still the favorite at a handful of casinos around Las Vegas but he’s not the prohibitive favorite that he appeared to be last week.

America loves a comeback story and there are plenty of people watching and wagering to see that from Woods. Meanwhile, the sharper sports bettors are laying in the weeds just watching odds get better for a variety of golfers that have a legitimate chance to win the tournament.

I’m not much of a golf fan but I always have a couple wagers because I love watching the Masters. My two slightly educated bets to win the Masters are on Noren and Louis Oosthuizen.

Tiger Woods As A Betting Favorite Makes The Masters 10x More Interesting

Chops April 3, 2018
Tiger Woods Betting

The Masters starts tomorrow. And bettors are losing their minds.

Some oddsmakers have put Tiger Woods as co-favorite with Jordan Spieth at 10-1.

That’s ridiculous.

Peak Tiger Woods is the best golfer of all time. He had a late 80’s Mike Tyson effect on the opposition. His dominance on Sunday, particularly when he had a lead, was unparalleled. He freaking won the US Open in 2008 with no knee ligament and a broken leg.

However, Tiger Woods is in his 40s now. He hasn’t won a major since George W Bush was President.

Still, having Woods as a favorite makes golf, and The Masters, a lot more interesting. Tiger Woods is like the DFS-effect on golf, only magnified and more exciting.

But 10-1? Seriously?

True story: It was April 1997, Sunday morning. I woke up after a fraternity party at UGA, called up a buddy who was an avid golf fan, and said, “Get up, drink some water, we’re driving to Augusta and watching history.”

When we got there, we hiked to the Augusta National entrance and waited. Local Augustans usually leave the Masters early on Sunday to watch the final round at lawn parties on a TV. We bought two day passes from exiting Augustans and made our way into the hallowed grounds.

As we walked up to the first fairway, a roar came. No, it wasn’t for the two hungover college kids walking up. Tiger Woods’ tee shot rolled right down the fairway right to where we were. I looked to my left, there was Tiger’s mom and half-brother. We ended up walking all 18 holes with them as Tiger broke records for his first Masters victory.

The crowd that entire 18 holes was giddy. The energy was off the charts.  It was like nothing I’ve ever experienced at a sporting event. Tiger has that impact on crowds. He’s to golf what Ernie McCracken is to bowling.

So of course he’s a Masters betting favorite.

But Is He a Good Bet?

No.

Tiger Woods is my age. He hasn’t won a major since 2008. That’s *math math math* 10 years ago.

I’m not saying Tiger won’t win or can’t win. I’m saying having him as the favorite isn’t a good bet.

But it doesn’t matter. Tiger makes people lose their minds. And it makes The Masters exponentially more interesting.

Long live Tiger.

Why Is Tiger Woods The Masters Betting Favorite?

Marc Meltzer March 23, 2018
Tiger Woods The Master

Tiger Woods won his first green jacket at The Masters in 1997. During his golf career, he’s won 14 Major championships, four of them at Augusta National.

More recently, though, Woods is probably more known for cheating on his wife, being hurt, and possibly taking PEDs. So why, all of a sudden, is he favored to win The Masters?

  • Woods is favored to win The Masters at multiple sportsbooks including Westgate (8-1), William Hill (8-1), and Station Casinos (4-1!).
  • Woods was as high as 100-1 to win at William Hill sportsbooks in 2017.

Seriously, what happened?

This isn’t Tiger Woods’ first comeback attempt, but it might be real this time.

Woods didn’t start out as the favorite to win The Masters. In fact, he was listed at 100-1 just seven months ago.

What changed? The Tiger Woods fist pump is back baby! Tiger is back to being Tiger. Maybe. That’s what the general public thinks anyway, especially with him coming off promising results in his last three tournaments played this year (T-5, T-2, 12th).

The main reason odds change at a sportsbook is because there are people are wagering money on a certain event. In this case, people can’t wait to throw their money behind Tiger Woods winning The Masters. Forget watching golf, the Tiger comeback could be seen by watching his futures odds change at William Hill.

Tiger Woods William Hill

Not all sportsbooks offer the same odds. However, there’s an interesting thing to note about Tiger Woods’ Masters odds. He’s favored at almost every sportsbook in Las Vegas. Odds for Woods to win the Masters are as low as 4-1 at Station Casinos sportsbooks and as high as 12-1 at MGM Resorts sportsbooks. As of the writing of this article, MGM Resorts is the only sportsbook where Tiger isn’t favored to win the Masters.

People LOVE Tiger

Golf fans love Tiger Woods. Despite a rough patch in his personal life and career, Woods has been one of the best and most popular golfers to play the game. The majority of sports bettors wager with their heart, not their head. They tend to bet on teams or athletes they see in the news. There’s also a large number of people who wager on what the outcome they’d like to see happen.

The Masters brings golf fans out of hibernation. It’s the first major golf tournament of the year and is one of the most popular golf events of the year with all sports fans. Not only is March Madness a great lead into the Masters but it’s a great promotional vehicle with commercials for the Masters almost every break.

Bet On Woods?

Woods should be the favorite at The Masters if he’s the player that has the most money bet on him. This tournament is one of the few times a year that I wager on golf. It’s a great tournament to watch and having a few bucks on a few players to pay for a nice steak dinner only adds to the fun.

Yes, I love Tiger Woods. No, I won’t bet on Tiger Woods. I’m sure there are some golfers that are 20-1 to 30-1 that are worth a small bet. I’ll spend a little time researching better options than Tiger Woods to win the damn thing.

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