Tiger Woods still leads the pack in updated British Open odds, for some reason
The latest British Open odds are out, and it should surprise no one that Tiger Woods, still the World No. 1, is an 8/1 favorite. The only other player under 20/1 odds is Rory McIlroy at 12/1. Adam Scott and Justin Rose are 20/1, which seems like a decent bet, and Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els come in at 25/1.
Why is Woods still at 8/1 given the fact that he looked completely lost at Merion, has only three top-5 finishes in his last 10 majors, and tied for 28th the last time he was at Muirfield? Well, for starters, Woods is still the No. 1 golfer in the world, albeit it’s a world in which the level of talent is broader than it’s ever been. Also, there’s plenty of stupid money out there, people willing to bet on Woods just because he’s TIGER WOODS. We do not advocate wagering on sporting events in an…
Tiger Woods sidelined by strained left elbow
Woods, the No. 1 player in the world, announced Wednesday on his web site that he will be unable to defend his championship the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., next week due to a strain in his left elbow. The injury bothered him in last week’s U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club when he finished in a tie for 32nd at 13 over, the worst finish in the national championship during his professional career.
“I was examined after I returned home from the U.S. Open,” Woods said. ” … I have been advised to take a few weeks off, rest and undergo treatment. I’ll be ready to go for the British Open, and I’m looking forward to playing at Muirfield. I would like to extend my regrets to AT&T, our sponsors and the fans in the Washington, D.C., area. The AT&T National means a lot to me and my foundation. It’s especially difficult not defending at my own tournament.”
The British Open is July 18-21.
Woods, who has four PGA Tour titles this year and seven in the past 15 months, said he first injured the elbow during his win in The Players Championship in May. He aggravated the injury in the deep rough at Merion.
What’s wrong with Tiger Woods? It’s complicated
Tiger Woods probably would like to forget about his past two tournaments and move on. Even though he said Sunday, following his tie for 32nd at the U.S. Open, that there is always something to be learned in defeat, perhaps washing his mind of the negatives and starting anew is best, with another major championship looming.
Any such discussion of the state of Woods’ game should always come with a lengthy disclaimer:
Nobody is scrutinized more. When things are going poorly, there seems to be a referendum on every tournament, every round, every swing for Woods. The truth is, golf happens, even to Tiger — although maybe more often now.
Just for some perspective, it should be noted that U.S. Open champion Justin Rose had a missed cut and a tie for 50th in two of the three starts before his victory. Phil Mickelson, who tied for second, also had a missed cut prior to the U.S. Open. Both Rose and Mickelson missed the cut at the Players Championship — which Woods won.
That was Woods’ fourth victory of the year and it came at a venue where he’d typically struggled. The firm, fast conditions and his ability to navigate a course that required more precision than length seemed to bode well for his chances at Merion, where he was looking to capture his first major title in five years.
Instead, Woods, 37, raised more questions about his ability to win a major. For the first time since 1997, he played consecutive tournaments in 5-over-par or worse — as he also did at the Memorial and U.S. Open that year, without a round in the 60s. He had 21 holes at Merion over par, his worst in a major championship as a pro. He was 10 over during the weekend at the U.S. Open after playing the Memorial in 7 over for the final 36 holes, meaning two of his six worst weekend performances have come in his past two events.