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.
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?
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.