Odds are in Tiger’s favor
Woods outclasses the field when it comes to betting
By SETH SOFFIAN, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 16, 2002
The most asked question in golf — perhaps all of sports — is whether Tiger Woods will win the
If Las Vegas is any indication, it’s a pretty good bet.
Two different Vegas oddsmakers give Woods 7-2
odds to win this week’s British Open at Muirfield in
Scotland and complete an unprecedented sweep of
golf’s four professional majors next month with a
victory at the PGA Championship at Hazeltine
National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.
To put that in perspective, consider that Las Vegas
Sports Consultants and The Palms Casino Resort
give the second choice this week, Phil Mickelson, 8-
1 odds to win the British Open only.
That means Woods has better odds of winning the
next two majors right now than everyone else has
of winning just once.
“It’s hard to put into words,” said Cesar Robaina,
odds manager for Las Vegas Sports Consultants,
which provides odds to virtually all the legal and
licensed sports books in Nevada and others around
“For us to make him that low when you think of how
many guys he’s got to beat, it’s not like baseball
where you only have to beat one team,” Robaina
said. “It really is an incredible feat and an incredible price to see out there at 7-2.
“He’s got like a 22-24 percent chance to win two tournaments in a row, where Mickelson is about
a 9 percent chance just to win this tournament alone. He has almost three times as much better a
shot at winning two (majors) as Mickelson has to win this one.”
Such is the dominance — and the impact — of Woods.
Before Woods’ arrival, golf tournament favorites typically received odds to win of 8-1 or 10-1, at
the lowest. The Palms and Las Vegas Sports Consultants, a subsidiary of Vegasinsider.com,
both make Woods the 7-5 favorite to win this week at Muirfield in Scotland.
That means a $5 bet would net only $7 in return should Woods win.
Tiger Woods tees off on the 8th hole during