Woods No Longer Favorite to Win 2019 PGA Championship
For a few hours on a recent Sunday afternoon, the entire sports world was captivated by the return of a legend.
In a true “where were you when?” moment, Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters title and captured his first major tournament victory since 2008.
It was an unexpected, but thrilling event that will likely be remembered and archived forever in the annals of sports history.
It had been a long back road for Woods featuring twists and turns from injury to personal relationships and, even more recently, civil trouble.
And alongside all those problems was the growing, nagging take that Woods “just didn’t have it anymore.” Most media had given up on him heading into that fateful final round.
So with all that in mind, one would think the return of one of the greatest golfers of all time would give oddsmakers something to think about for the rest of the year.
It certainly has, but not in the way some might’ve thought.
Woods the 4th PGA Choice Despite Masters Win
It can’t be understated that seeing Woods’ name towards the top of the futures market for the 2019 PGA Championship is a wonderful thing for the sport of golf as a whole and particularly fans of golf betting.
But while most golf enthusiasts (particularly Tiger enthusiasts) would’ve maybe expected a retooled, reborn Woods to be favored in every tournament he plays the rest of the year, that certainly won’t be the case.
That caution makes logical sense, however.
Having not seen Woods perform after a majors win since 2008, it’s probably hard for PGA betting fans to imagine what to expect at this stage of his career in this situation.
Tiger could very well be back to his old dominant ways and this week could end up being a continued coronation.
But despite all the positivity, excitement and even presidential medals, winning back-to-back majors is still a hell of a feat to accomplish.
Same Tiger, Different Stripes?
There aren’t many golfers that have compiled as many historic moments as Tiger. Being a modern sports star helps with that as every single tournament and hole is now meticulously broadcast around the globe.
But there can be no denial that Woods has stared down the barrel of history many, many times and emerged with a victorious fist pump to silence the doubters.
The ratings for this weekend’s clash at Bethpage Black will no doubt be off the chart. Woods tees off at 8:24 AM ET and make no mistake, the world will be watching again.
But there are plenty of reasons to be cautious when betting the grand comeback streak to continue.
Even Tiger himself has admitted to the trials of balancing training with back issues that a younger version of himself wouldn’t have worried about.
After opting not to play at Quail Hollow a few weeks ago, Woods talked about his decision making this week and how prepping for Bethpage has been kinder to him than he believes the former course would’ve been.
”I wanted to play at Quail Hollow, but to be honest with you, I wasn’t ready yet to start the grind of practicing and preparing and logging all those hours again… (This week) I was able to log in the hours, put in the time and feel rested and ready. That’s going to be the interesting part going forward; how much do I play and how much do I rest.”
Woods has had plenty of success at Bethpage in the past, winning the 2002 U.S. open, but he still believes this week will be an excellent challenge for his stamina.
So those admitted concerns are something to take into account for bettors. But the fact that Woods has also won four majors in a row proves that really anything can happen starting tomorrow morning.
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