Tiger Woods Now Favored to Win in Every Golf Major in 2019
Tiger Woods may have went 11 years between winning a major championship, but oddsmakers believe he won’t go that long without a win -- and in fact, he is now the betting favorite to win golf’s other three major tournaments this year following his resounding Masters win on Sunday.
Woods is listed at +600 to win the British Open, +600 to win the U.S. Open and +700 to win the PGA Championship, according to odds listed on 888Sport.. Dustin Johnson (+800) has the second-best odds to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship, and is tied for second with Rory McIlroy +1000 to win the British Open.
No golfer has ever won all four majors in a single calendar year.
A Surprising Masters Win
Going into the Masters weekend, Woods had the third-best odds, listed at +1400 in the majority of sportsbooks, which took a bit of a beating. McIlroy at +800 was considered the favorite to win at Augusta National Golf Club, with Johnson second at +1000.
Johnson finished in a three-way tie for second. McIlroy tied with seven other players for 21st, eight strokes in arrears.
Woods shot a 2-under par 70 on Sunday to win the Masters, his first victory at the fabled tournament since 2005, fifth overall and first major since the 2008 U.S. Open. He beat co- runner-ups Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele by a stroke.
Is Jack Nicklaus’ Record in Reach?
Woods, 43, now has won 15 majors, second all-time to Jack Nicklaus 18 wins. Nicklaus won his last major, the 1986 Masters, at age 46.
Woods’ Masters victory Sunday reignited debate whether he can eventually surpass Nicklaus’ wins record in majors, as he is the favorite going forward. Working in Woods favor is that this year’s rotation of where the tournaments are held up sets up well for Woods, who is quite familiar with two of the three courses.
“You know, I really haven't thought about that yet,” Woods said of breaking Nicklaus’ record. “I'm sure that I'll probably think of it going down the road. Maybe, maybe not. But right now, it's a little soon, and I'm just enjoying 15.”
The PGA Championship is the next major on golf’s calendar, taking place May 16-19 at the Bethpage Black Course in Long Island, N.Y. The U.S Open is June 13-16 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Course Links, followed by the British Open on July 18-21 at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Antrim, Northern Ireland
Woods’ had success at Bethpage and Pebble Beach previously, winning at both courses. In 2002, Woods led wire-to-wire to win the U.S. Open at Bethpage, beating second-place Phil Mickelson by three strokes.
And when the tournament returned to the Long Island course in 2009, Woods finished tied for sixth, four strokes behind winner Lucas Glover. Woods most recent start at Bethpage did not go as well, finishing 38th in a non-major tournament in 2012.
Woods’ record at Pebble Beach may be even more impressive. He not only won the 2000 U.S. Open by a whopping 15 strokes, a record for a major championship, but he was also the only golfer to finish below par. And in 2010, he finished for fourth, three shots behind winner Graeme McDowell.
Woods has not played in a professional tournament at Royal Portrush, which last hosted the British Open in 1951.
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