Woods Masters Odds
We are T-minus three days from first-round play at this year’s Masters golf tournament at Augusta National and whadda ya know, Tiger Woods continues to dominate the headlines.
Tiger Woods held a press conference on Easter Monday and based on his comments, he seems to want to take a looser approach this time around, saying golf wasn’t enjoyable in the past and he wants to remedy that.
“When you're living a life that is a lie, life isn't fun … that's been stripped away,” Woods said at the conference.
“It feels fun again.”
Although Tiger has four green jackets, he hasn’t won at Augusta since 2005, so who knows, maybe the “fun” approach might help him in this year’s major tournament.
Online sportsbooks currently have Woods listed as the odds-on favorite to win this year’s tournament at +400.
SPORTSBETTING.com manager Brian Taylor talked about the Masters betting so far, “We really saw the betting volume pick up Monday after Tiger’s press conference was carried live throughout North America. We’re expecting betting action to be up about 50% this year over last year’s Masters Tournament, and that’s based solely on the circus surrounding Tiger.”
“We usually do strong numbers on the Majors because of our unique prop betting offers and all the other betting options we put up, but this year’s tournaments we are turning things up a notch. We have a bunch of fun Tiger-focused Masters props that have been very popular for the sports betting public”
Those props include:
While Tiger is favored to take the green jacket, he is also the odds-on to lead after Round 1, listed at +800.
- There is another prop that asks, “Will Tiger Woods Eagle any of the Par-5 holes in the tournament?”
The holes in question are holes 2, 8, 13 and 15.
During the first-round of last year’s Masters, Tiger shot par on holes 2 and 8, birdied holes 13 and 15.
However, Tiger did manage to eagle the eighth hole in the final round.
In this year’s tournament, Eldrick Woods is listed at +375 to eagle hole 8 and -550 not to.
- Despite not winning last year (Angel Cabrera ended up winning it all) Tiger finished tied for sixth and there is a prop that asks if he will finish this year’s tournament in a better position than last.
If Tiger finishes in fifth place or higher, it will pay out at -230; if he finishes seventh or lower, it will do the same at +170.
- Woods made a total of 280 strokes in last year’s tournament and there is an Over/Under prop for the total amount of strokes Tiger will take this year.
What’s the Total set at for the 2010 tourney? 280 of course.
One of the most memorable moments of Tiger’s storied career is the playoff with Rocco Mediate during the 2008 U.S. Open.
Will such dramatics (a playoff) happen in this year’s Masters? +400 for Yes and -1000 for No.
And SPORTSBETTING.com also listed a slew of fun ones as well.
For instance, in previous tournaments, major or otherwise, Tiger Woods has snapped when people take photos while he’s teeing off.
With all his extra-marital transgressions, there is plenty of fodder for Boo-Birds to scream at while he plays.
- Will anyone be thrown out for heckling Tiger?
If one of the spectators does get tossed for “heckling or bad behaviour” it will pay out at +135, while if everyone is well behaved, it will pay out at -175.
- What if Tiger does win?
If Tiger does end his Masters victory drought and “sheds tears on camera at any point after his final shot of the day until CBS coverage ends” it will pay out at -130 (-110 if he doesn’t).
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--By Kevin Taylor
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Posted: 4/7/10 11:45AM ET