Tiger Woods is Vegas sports betting’s biggest liability for the British Open

Tiger Woods will be back for the British Open, as will his supporters.

Bettors are stocking up on Woods at long odds to win the final major tournament of the year July 14-17 in St. Andrews, Scotland.

The 15-time major champion is the biggest liability for the Westgate SuperBook, which is already on the hook for six figures on Woods after taking a bet over $1,000 at 50-1 and a $400 wager to win 24,000 $ at his current odds of 60-1.

Woods hasn’t played since May 21, when he retired from the PGA Championship after limping to a 9 of 79 in the third round at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He announced on Twitter on June 7 that he was skipping the US Open “because my body needs more time to get stronger for the big golf championships.”

Woods missed most of last year with serious leg injuries sustained in a car accident in February 2021. He returned to the PGA Tour in April at the Masters, where he finished with 78 straight for a score total of 13 over, his worst score at Augusta National.

“With his lack of competitive golf, you just can’t expect him to step onto this stage and win,” Westgate golf bettor Jeff Sherman said of Woods going 50-1 to 60. -1. “Just look at the depth of the tour.”

Sherman said just having Woods make the cut to his third straight major this year would be impressive.

“If he’s 3 for 3 in the cuts made to the majors, that’s an absolute win, given the situation,” he said. “It’s a much more favorable course for what he’s going through at the moment. It’s not as tough a walking course as the Masters and PGA were. It’s more open. »

Woods is third in tickets behind Jordan Spieth and Las Vegas resident Collin Morikawa and second in money wagered behind Brooks Koepka at the British Open at Westgate.

Rory McIlroy is the 12-1 favorite to win the 150th British Open. Jon Rahm and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler are each 14-1. PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas is 16-1 and Morikawa is 20-1.

US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick is tied for the sixth pick 25-1 with Spieth, Will Zalatoris, Shane Lowry and Las Vegas resident Xander Schauffele.

Sherman said he kept Fitzpatrick’s odds at 25-1 after holding off Zalatoris and Scheffler for a one-stroke victory Sunday at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

“Anything higher is too high for the Brit the way he plays,” Sherman said. “It’s hard for anyone to win back-to-back major tournaments. Look at Justin Thomas.

“The tour is so deep and so talented.”

Only six golfers have won the US Open and the British Open in the same year: Woods, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones.

Contact journalist Todd Dewey at tdewey@reviewjournal.com. Follow @tdewey33 on Twitter.