PORTRUSH – Tiger Woods hasn’t played a competitive round of golf since the U.S. Open, and he admitted he didn’t feel particularly sharp as he arrived in Northern Ireland this week for The Open Championship.
Like most of the field, Woods isn’t very familiar with Royal Portrush, but he has worked diligently to learn the nuances of the rolling links course this week. Still, expectations are tempered, with Woods listed at 20-1 by PointsBet just hours before teeing off in the first round today.
Woods could leave Northern Ireland ranked as high as No. 2 in the world with a victory at The Open Championship. But few would be highly surprised if he doesn’t even make the weekend, having played 10 total rounds on tour since winning the Masters in April.
That has created a bevy of interesting prop bets around his performance this week.
Tiger props by PointsBet:
–Finish Top 5: +380
–Finish Top 10: +185
–Finish Top 20: -110
–Round 1 Over/Under: 69.5
–Round 1 Leader (including ties): +3000
–To be the top USA player: +800
–Play in the final group on Sunday: +800
Those all lean toward how well Woods potentially can finish. For those who believe his game isn’t in shape to even stick around for the weekend, the moneyline bet on him making the cut is -501.
Props can also be on the outlandish side, and there are some entertaining options around Woods. Among them:
–Will be paired with Sergio Garcia in any round: +600
–To win The Open AND final shot made with the flagstick in: +2200
–To make a hole-in-one: +10000
Then there are the individual battles. No. 4 Justin Rose of England is one spot ahead of Woods in the world rankings. Italy’s Francesco Molinari is the defending champion. Xander Schauffele is the young American counterpart with a stellar — albeit short — history in 10 career majors.
Woods’ odds to finish higher than each at Royal Portrush:
–vs. Rose: -110
–vs. Molinari: -122
–vs. Schauffele: -120
–To beat all three: +250. Rose and Molinari are each +250 on the same bet, while Schauffele is +300.
Woods has been the most dynamic figure in golf for the past two decades. His ability to win the Masters this year and then play only sparingly since — without being in contention on a Sunday — has created a special kind of wagering dynamic.
–Field Level Media