British Open Betting at VietBet – Will Tiger Woods Show up this week?
By Charles Jay
Tiger Woods said he felt completely healthy the last time he took to the golf course in competition mode, and it really didn’t work out all that well. So VietBet customers will just have to see whether returning to the scene of one of his great triumphs will have a therapeutic effect on him.
After having surgery on his back on March 31, Woods knew that it probably wasn’t going to be an easy road. And after missing the Masters and the U.S. Open, he made his 2014 debut in the Quicken Loans Invitational, but missed the cut while shooting five over par in the first two rounds.
Now there is bound to be some real panic, because Tiger is approaching 40 and has not won a major in a while. In fact, the last time was in 2008 (at the U.S. Open), so he has stagnated in his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus and his eighteen major titles.
When the British Open was last held at Royal Liverpool in 2006, Woods shot 18 under par, without even having to use the driver, and he defeated Chris DeMarco by two strokes. But as golf bettors are aware, there have been no Claret Jugs since.
He’s now looked upon by many as the underdog. And to some extent, he looks that way in the betting sense as well. In the course of his career he has not often entered one of these majors when he hasn’t been the favorite, but that is exactly the case this week, as he is priced at +2010 in the golf betting odds at VietBet, placing him behind Adam Scott (+1270), Justin Rose (+1420), Henrik Stenson (+1460) and Rory McIlroy (+1685). Interestingly enough, none of those players has ever won this tournament, and defending champion Phil Mickelson is in back of Woods at +2200.
Are the stakes high? Well, a lot of expert observers have warned the golf betting public that not so much should be expected out of Woods, since, after all, he has had only one tournament this year prior to this.
But there is the possibility Woods will be left off the Ryder Cup team unless he shows something. Tom Watson, the captain, would be happy to have Tiger as one of his optional picks, has indicated that the way Woods performs over the next couple of months will be the primary factor in whether he will be selected.
After Royal Liverpool, Woods is slated to play in just two tournaments – the Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship – before Watson has to come up with his picks. So there is not a whole lot of opportunity for Tiger to shine.
Last year, the tournament was held at Muirfield, as Mickelson came from five strokes down at the conclusion of Saturday’s action to win by three over Stenson and Ian Poulter. Former champions commanding high prices in the golf betting odds at VietBet include the aforementioned Watson, who nearly won this event at age 64 five years ago, at 1000-1; Stewart Cink, the man who beat him in 2009, at 325-1, Sandy Lyle, Todd Hamilton, Nick Faldo , David Duval and John Daly, all at 1000-1.
Louis Oosthuizen is “only” 100-1, and Ernie Els is 125-1. Padraig Harrington is 275-1, with Paul Lawrie at 400-1 and Darren Clarke, who was the champion just three years ago, priced at 450-1 at VietBet. For some of those players, their time has, for the most part, passed.
Can the same thing be said about Tiger?
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