Tiger Woods might have only played in two tournaments this season, withdrawing after three rounds of the latter one, but bettors are still enticed by his Open Championship odds.
He skipped the U.S. Open to get his body ready for the British Open, which begins on Thursday morning. Woods has won two of his three Open Championships at the Old Course at St. Andrews, so he will be looking to add an improbable third victory this weekend. He is paired with Max Homa and U.S. Open winner Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Woods opened in the 40-1 price range, which is when one BetMGM bettor placed a $4,500 bet on the greatest golfer of this generation. If he comes away with a win, the bettor will cash for $180,000. BetMGM has shifted his odds to 66-1, as the market is not convinced that he can hold up for four days.
“Tiger Woods is already a significant liability for BetMGM at The Open Championship,” BetMGM vice president of trading Jason Scott told Yahoo Sports. “Judging from his last few tournaments, playing four days in a row seems to put incredible stress on Tiger’s body so we’re comfortable with the huge liability.”
However, there are plenty of questions surrounding Woods, who is chasing his 16th major championship. He is still working his way back from severe leg injuries that he suffered during his February 2021 car crash. Woods got off to a strong start at the Masters before fading as the tournament went on.
He was never in contention at the PGA Championship, having to withdraw after a career-worst third round. Some sportsbooks have set a much longer price for Woods, including the Westgate SuperBook offering 100-1 and Circa Sports posting 110-1.
The public continues to wager on Woods this week, though. ESPN’s David Purdum reported that Woods has the most money wagered to win the Open Championship at DraftKings, with 10 percent of the total handle and five percent of all bets.
Betting favorite Rory McIlroy (+900) has the second-highest percentage of the handle (8) and the second-highest percentage of bets (7). U.S. Open runner-up Will Zalatoris is accounting for seven percent of the handle and six percent of the bets.
Defending champion Collin Morikawa, who was 42-1 last year, is listed at 30-1 to be a repeat winner. Shane Lowry picked up an improbable win at 100-1 in 2019, but he is 22-1 this year.
DraftKings has Xander Schauffele at 12-1, Scottie Scheffler at 14-1, Jordan Spieth at 16-1 and Jon Rahm at 16-1.