April 02, 2007

Ten Years of Tiger: - a decade ago, he won his first major in spectacular style. Ten years on, as he gets ready to tee it up in Augusta this week in pursuit of his fifth green jacket, the game has changed dramatically, but there is a lot left to do when it comes to bridging the racial gap. Can anyone beat him this week? At 11/10 with most bookmakers, the experts seem to think not.

posted by JJ to golf at 05:32 AM - 6 comments

The last statistic in that first link is quite incredible. In 218 PGA Tour starts, he has finished in the top three more than 40% of the time and won more than 25% of the time. And to think I was about to suggest that it was ridiculous for anyone to be 11/10 to win a golf tournament. Having read that, it's actually a decent price given that at the Masters, he has finished in the top 3 50% of the time and won 40% of the time (as a pro).

posted by JJ at 08:10 AM on April 02

Go Tiger!

posted by LadyGen at 01:35 PM on April 02

Winning The Masters 40 per cent of the time? That's odds of 6-4 against. I'd say the 11-10 is more due to the weight of money on Tiger coming from your average punter. Either that or the bookies don't actually want to take bets on him!

posted by owlhouse at 06:18 PM on April 02

He may "only" win 40% of the time but to most casual fans it seems like he wins every year. Many would considered 1:1 odds favorable.

posted by DudeDykstra at 09:48 PM on April 02

owlhouse, I guess the bookies are factoring in some sort of cumulative effect. It has made trying to have a punt on the golf a lot more interesting - now you have to try and figure out who is best at being second and suddenly people like Garcia and Harrington have to figure in your reckoning. In the end, I think I might just throw all my money behind the bar and enjoy the golf.

posted by JJ at 03:44 AM on April 03

Either that or the bookies don't actually want to take bets on him! Why would they want to? Excluding the US Open he has 3 finishes out of the top spot since last year's tournament and those are 2, 3, and 22 (Bay Hill). If you need an even crappier bet try this prop. Tiger Woods, make cut - YES (-3300) If we're making a bet on the winner I'll take Chuckie Three-Sticks (that'd be Howell III) at 40-1 on bodog.

posted by YukonGold at 07:22 PM on April 03

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