PGA Farmers Insurance Open-Tiger Woods Betting Odds
It has been quite a while since betting on Tiger Woods in a PGA Tour event has been an option, but he is all over the board at online sportsbooks taking action on this week’s Farmer Insurance Open. First round action begins on Thursday from Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California in what will be Wood’s first attempt to resurrect his career in a regular PGA Tour stop.
Towards the end of 2017, Woods teed it up in the Hero World Challenge and he placed ninth in a very limited field of 18 golfers by shooting eight under par for the four rounds. This was a very encouraging result when you consider that he been unable to play competitively since missing the cut in this week’s tournament a year ago.
Just how well he holds up over the next four days in this year’s event remains to be seen, but the early word from the West Coast may add some value to his betting odds this week considering a productive practice round.
Any bet this week on a golfer that has had the injury issues that Woods has had to face over the past few years would have to be considered a flyer at best, but we are still talking about one of the fiercest competitors the game has ever known.
Tiger Woods- Top 10 Finish
The betting odds that Woods places inside the Top 10 in this year’s Farmers Insurance Open have been set at +180 as the sixth-best number on the board. These odds are definitely inflated just because you are betting on Tiger Woods, but they also come with some value given the level of competition in this event.
Most of the top golfers in the world such as Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson have opted to test their skills in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic this week. Some of the other top US players such as Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth have opted to skip this tournament. The overall field is still strong enough at Torrey Pines, but if Woods can string together four solid rounds, he could be in position to pay off on this bet.
Tiger Woods- Top 5 Finish
A Top 5 finish this week at much more attractive +450 odds will test your belief in just how good can Woods play at age 42 with just four rounds of competitive golf under his belt in quite some time. There is no doubt that he is one of the greatest golfers to ever play the game, but this is still a sport where current form means far more than past results on a week-to-week basis.
If this was his third or fourth tournament of the season, you would have some kind of track record to go by. Woods could easily withdrawal after the first round or miss the cut again after the second round as opposed to quickly turning back the clock and actually contend in Sunday’s final round for the tournament title.
Tiger Woods- Win
A $100 bet on Woods stunning the golfing world while also automatically moving near the top of the futures odds list to win this year’s Masters in early April with an outright win in the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open would earn a return of +1600.
Jon Rahm is favored to win this week at +750 followed by Rickie Fowler at +1200 and Justin Rose at +1400. Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama have the same odds to win as Woods.
I am not saying that the sportsbooks are taking advantage of all the golf fans that want to see Woods win this week, I am simply saying that you should avoid being one of those bettors that also falls into this trap.
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