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Forget Gilbert Grape, what’s eating Tiger Woods?
Although Tiger won this past weekend’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, he is batting .000 at golf majors this year.
Tiger finished sixth at the Masters and the U.S. Open and missed the cut at the British Open.
With the final major of the year—the PGA Championship—beginning on Thursday, you can be sure Tiger will be gunning for the top; as always he is the odds-on favorite to win at +140 according to oddsmakers at online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com.
While Tiger has yet to win a major this year, he has had a solid 2009, picking off a few tournaments as he comes back from knee surgery.
Tiger enters the last major of the year having won his last two consecutive tournaments, the Bridgestone and the Buick Open (making it five wins in 2009).
While Woods missed last year’s event, he did win the last two PGA Championships before that (2006 and 2007).
Last week Padraig Harrington blew up late in his final round, handing the Bridgestone Invitational to Woods. He now heads to Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota as the defending champ of PGA Championship. Oddsmakers have him listed at +1000 to defend his title.
With the exception of last weekend’s second place finish, Harrington has had a horrible season missing the cut in six of his 15 tournaments this year.
Besides the missed cuts, he finished no higher than 11th (Arnold Palmer Invitational) and as low 65 (British Open).
Did this past weekend represent a turning point for the Irish golfer? Bettors aren’t buying into it, with very little money showing up on Harrington heading into Thursday’s tee off.
Phil Mickelson finished in 58th place at the Bridgestone Invitational last week, but is hoping that he plays like he did at the U.S. Open, where he finished tied for second with David Duval.
What about the odds on the group of golfers who have won majors in 2009? Can anyone of these players grab a second trophy?
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Angel Cabrera took the green jacket at Augusta National and is listed at +1800 at Hazeltine.
Lucas Glover won the rain-soaked U.S. Open in June and is listed at +5500.
It took Stewart Cink a four-hole playoff to win this year’s British Open and he is a +1000 favorite to add another major win.
Variety is the spice of life and there are a number of other things to wager on besides which golfer will win.
Tiger Woods is the odds-on to be ahead of the pack after the first (+350), the second (+300) and third (+250) rounds.
Tiger is always a fave of the public when it comes to golf betting but what if he isn’t an option?
Besides Tiger, who will be the top player from the USA? Lefty Mickelson is the odds-on favorite at +700.
Posted: 8/12/09 1:30PM ET