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How punters can make hay backing Tiger Woods in the Open

by Josh Powell | July 16, 2013
CROUCHING TIGER: Woods is the biggest price going into a tournament than he has been all season

CROUCHING TIGER: Woods is the biggest price going into a tournament than he has been all season

By Josh Powell | Open Championship

Tiger Woods is one of the easiest players to back going into a Major. Easy like being critical about Ian Poulter’s dress sense or not inviting Sergio Garcia round for dinner. He’s a 14-time Major winner, a three-time Open winner and is back on the greens wearing a smile bigger than the Nike swoosh on his hat/shirt/shoes/club/balls/etc.

Woods is favourite going in to the Open Championship at Murfield this week, however, partly due to the size and quality of the field and partly due to the amount of booze the traders saw off at Mumford and Sons on Sunday, he is a double-figure price at 10/1.

  • Tiger’s price of 10/1 is the biggest he has been in any tournament this season.
  • Paddy Power have been best price on Tiger in four of the five events he has played since the US Masters.
  • In that time Bet365 have never been best price on Woods going into a tournament.

A four-time winner already this season, Tiger finished fourth in the US Masters and won the Players Championship in the last three months. He’s come in the top five in half of the events he has played this season which is great news for punters, but a little worrying for the work experience guy downstairs who thought it would be a wise idea to push seven places. Good luck getting that job, kidda.

  • If you’d put £10 each way on Tiger in the four events prior to the Open you’d be up £86.25 with Paddy Power, compared to just £72.50 with Ladbrokes.
  • That extra £13.75 could go towards another round on Friday, a take-away for you and the other half tonight or an extra bottle of aftersun. The world is your oyster thanks to Tiger Woods.

Woods is the biggest price he has been in a long time and historically Paddy Power tends to be the place to come to get the best price on Tiger. That’s the kind of stat that isn’t going to do the golf traders any favours when it comes to the monthly review, but it is handy to know if you fancy a punt on Woods this week.

It’s not just on Tiger where Paddy Power blows away the field though. They are best price on 16 of the top 20, which is more than anyone else around and makes a few other competitors look fairly silly.

The retrospective prices are based on Oddschecker snapshots at midday on the Wednesday prior to tee off. The Open Championship 2013 odds are based on an 8.45am check on July 16.

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