There was a time when Tiger Woods looked like he would rule the world of golf betting forever. He had won 14 majors and looked like he would beat Jack Nicklaus’ record and just keep on going.
But then…yes, there were some knee issues, but there was also the night when his wife found his phone and chased him with that golf club… And his whole world turned upside down. Now ranked 140th in the world, this former titan of the sport is now simply trying to contend from week to week. Here are nine golfers who you might be surprised to learn are ranked higher than Tiger.
8 Golfers Ranked Above Tiger Woods in Golf Betting Odds
Players with Better Golf Odds
137. Patrick Rodgers
135. Fabrizio Zanotti
118. Li Haotong
116. Daniel Summerhays
102 Charles Howell III
74. Thomas Bjorn
55. Shane Lowry
51. Thongchai Jaidee
All of this begs the question, though – will Tiger Woods ever contend again? His results from the 2015 Masters are promising. It was about 4:30 in the afternoon on Saturday when a mighty roar came from the 13th green. His tee shot had sent him into an awful position, but he recovered to birdie, ending up at -7. Jordan Spieth was uncatchable by this point in time, but Woods’ fist pumps showed that he had found what he had been missing.
Tiger’s first three rounds at the Masters went 73, 69 and 68. It was the first time he had put two consecutive rounds together under 70 at the Masters since 2005, the last time he put on the green jacket as the tournament champion. The last time Tiger won a tournament, the year was 2013; the last time he won a major, the year was 2008. However, there were signs in the Masters that both of those trends may finally be coming to an end.
As #6 ranked player Adam Scott put it, a solid Tiger is a benefit for golf. Because so many people are playing well, making the sport as competitive as possible is better for the game overall. One bit of irony from this tournament, of course, was that his resurgence came when he was paired with Sergio Garcia, with whom he has feuded since the 1999 PGA Championship. In that tournament, Woods beat Garcia by just one shot. Their clashes have ensued, with such publicly awkward moments as Garcia indicating he would serve Woods fried chicken for dinner if Woods ever showed up at mealtime.
In the round Saturday, Woods beat Garcia by three strokes, but as they walked around the course, the distance between the two of them indicated that at least some of the bad blood remained in place.
So how can Woods continue his climb back into contention? It’s clear that once he has his mind free of distractions, Woods can accomplish just about anything. His recent breakup with ski star Lindsey Vonn might be emotionally difficult, but it also gives him the time he needs to get back to the basics with his golf game, enjoying play rather than looking at it as a chore. It’s easy for us watching on television to point out that golf is a game that the guys on television play, but the pressure mounts for them. For Tiger, years of pressure may finally be melting away, and he can emerge and love his sport again. If he does, the whole PGA may need to watch out.