The amount of bets placed on Tiger Woods and the amount of money pouring in on the four-time Masters winner should not be a huge surprise, and yet it is for those of us who follow golf closely. Woods, of course, has won 14 major championships in his career and looked good in his return to golf at the Hero World Challenge last month. But Augusta is the crown jewel of them all, and Woods, at 41, does not seem poised to score another green jacket. That hasn't kept bettors from plopping down copious amounts of cash on him, though.
According to Forbes, Big Cat is cleaning up in Vegas.
Woods' odds of winning a fifth Masters title have dropped from 60-1 to 20-1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, where the number of tickets on him account for 8 percent of the total pool. The money wagered on Woods is an even bigger slice of the action so far, at 11 percent of Masters betting.
This is preposterous of course. In reality, Woods should be around a 75-1 or 80-1 favorite. Not 20-1. But people love riding an all-time winner which is how you end up with Big Cat at 20-1. Plus, who doesn't want to say "I bet on Tiger Woods when nobody else believed in him?" Woods' odds for the Masters actually started falling after his first nine holes at the Hero World Challenge. His first nine holes.
Woods actually finished in the top 20 last time he played Augusta when he teed off in the third-to-last group on Sunday afternoon. Despite that impressive feat (considering he hadn't played in two months at the time), and despite his terrific showing at the Hero World Challenge (after not playing for 16 months), I would not want to have any money on Woods at 20-1 or even 60-1.
Woods' last stand at Augusta will come -- assuming his body allows for it -- but it won't come this year. Stay away from this, unlike everyone else.