Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Golf : Tiger Woods pulls out of US Open
Tiger Woods has played in 15 US Opens, winning three times in 2000, 2002 and 2008, and while I don't think that Woods had ANY chance of winning this year, his early withdrawal is bad news for golf punters.
Why? Because the general betting public continue to over-rate Woods, meaning that the bookmakers have to set outragously short odds for Woods to win - often as low as 5/1 or 6/1 - which in turn means that the REAL contenders are often quoted at prices of 20/1 to 25/1 which is very close to fair.
With Tiger Woods gone - expect to see players like Westwood, Mickleson, Donald, Appleby and McIlroy quoted between 11/1 and 15/1.
Unless you're psychic - or just making a patriotic bet - it looks like this US Open golf tournament has lost it's betting advantage.