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Why Has Las Vegas Made Tiger Woods Such A Longshot This Weekend?

Submitted by on February 3, 2015 – 12:29 pmNo Comment

Once upon a time, we imagine that it was damn-near impossible to make any money betting on Tiger Woods. He was so good at one point that you would have had to bet a lot of money to win anything on him because the odds would have been stacked against you. But it’s a much, much different story for Tiger in 2015.

After Tiger shot a career-worst 82 during a round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open last Friday, Las Vegas oddsmakers responded by making him a 50-to-1 longshot to win the Farmers Insurance Open this weekend. It means that if you lay $10 and Tiger wins, you could win $500. And it’s such a ridiculous number that Las Vegas oddsmakers don’t ever remember Tiger being such a dark horse to win an event.

“Tiger always commanded money, so the idea was that even though at times it might be a true 80-to-1 for him to win, he’d still be at 20-to-1 because people would still bet on him,” Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook manager Jeff Sherman told ESPN yesterday. “We had to react drastically [to his Waste Management Phoenix Open score] because there was a really negative reaction to the way he played.”

So what’s wrong with Tiger? So many things, really. For starters, he hasn’t won a major tournament in more than six years now, so people are starting to lose faith in his ability to come up in the clutch. He’s also struggled to regain the shot that he once had. And his short game hasn’t been very good, either. So overall, Tiger is struggling like he has never struggled before. And on top of that, he’s also had to deal with a number of injuries over the last few years to his knees and back. It has made him very, dare we say, average and put him at a disadvantage when he’s stepped on to the golf course. He’s no longer feared like he once was.

The good thing for Tiger is that he still has an opportunity to prove people wrong. He’s seemingly healthier than he’s been in quite some time. And while there’s always going to be pressure placed upon him to perform, that pressure isn’t anywhere near what it used to be. So he should be able to use that to his advantage and start winning again. And if he does, there’s obviously some money to be made by all of the bettors out there.

So who’s willing to wager on one of the best golfers of all time?

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