By Dan Kilbridge | | 6 mins
How Tiger Woods' Long-Shot British Open Odds Compare To Other Unlikely Events
LIV Golf rumors, controversy and discussion have seemingly dominated the golf major season to date. But the Saudi-backed upstart series is little more than a footnote this week as headlines reflect a once-familiar buzz ahead of the 150th British Open at St Andrews – Tiger Woods.
The three-time British Open winner claimed two of his three Claret Jugs at St Andrews, and Woods said this week the Old Course remains his favorite layout in the entire world. It’s already been a special week for Woods returning to the site where he completed the grand slam in 2000 at age 24. He added another victory here at the 2005 British Open and has had this event circled on the calendar ever since his latest return from injury.
Despite Woods’ massive success and affinity for St Andrews, the 15-time major winner is well down the golf betting board and considered a serious long shot to earn a fourth Claret Jug.
Woods is going off at +6000 odds at DraftKings, ahead of Adam Scott (+6500) and just below the likes of Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka, Joaquin Niemann and Viktor Hovland (+5000). Those odds aren’t all that surprising considering Woods’ first two major appearances were such a grind. He made the cut at both the Masters and PGA Championship, finishing 47th at Augusta National and withdrawing after a third-round 79 at Southern Hills.
We’ve seen seven competitive rounds this year from Woods, who signed his only sub-70 scorecard with a second-round 69 at the PGA Championship. It’s been nearly two full months since then and Woods has been working tirelessly to get himself physically prepared for a major he’d love to win more than any other at this point in his career.
However, Woods isn’t used to being a long shot. That was the case when he won the 2019 ZoZo Championship at +4000, but it’s an extreme outlier. He’s never come close to winning a major with odds as long as 60-1.
The most improbable of Woods’ 15 major titles came at the 2019 Masters, where he went off as a 14-1 shot (+1400). Those were the longest odds for a Woods major victory since his very first at the 1997 Masters, in which he was 8-1. He was never longer than 6-1 for the remaining 13 titles, often going off at ridiculous prices like +150 (2000 British Open, 2001 Masters) and +160 (2000 PGA Championship).
Woods has been a frontrunner his entire career, but the odds are now stacked against the aging superstar according to betting sites. How stacked? Consider some of the futures wagers that sportsbooks and betting apps have posted with shorter odds than Woods to win the 2022 British Open at St Andrews.
Miami Dolphins To Win The Super Bowl, +4000
The Dolphins have been dealing with scandal and controversy this offseason following a lawsuit filed by former coach Brian Flores, who was fired after three years despite back-to-back winning seasons in Miami. Now they’re rebooting the operation amid a long string of futility – the Dolphins have only been to the postseason twice since 2002.
They haven’t won a playoff game in 22 years, let alone a Super Bowl. Apparently winning it all for the first time since 1973 is still a more likely outcome on NFL futures markets than Woods hoisting the Claret Jug on Sunday.
Charlie Woods To Win British Open Before His 30th Birthday, +5000
This one might be a tough pill for dad to swallow. Some sites recently started posting golf odds on Woods’ son, Charlie Woods, following his nationally-televised appearance at the PNC pro-am in December.
He’s just 16-1 (+1600) to win any major before his 30th birthday and still has better odds to win a British Open in the coming years than his dad does to win it in 2022. Charlie is 13-years-old, by the way.
World Series Winner From State of Illinois, +3000
Woods’ odds are twice as long as this MLB futures wager, which seems harsh. There are obviously two baseball teams in Illinois, but it’s already been a long summer in Chicago. The Cubs are 19 games below .500 and on pace for their eighth-worst season in franchise history, which dates back to 1876.
The White Sox are a mess as well, five games back in a weak division, with manager Tony La Russa’s seat getting hotter by the day. On the bright side, Tiger is a Dodgers fan and hasn’t had to suffer through any bad baseball in a while. So he’s got that going for him. Which is nice.
Utah To Win College Football Playoff, +4500
Woods has been ranked No. 1 in the world for a ridiculous 683 weeks at various times throughout his career. He once spent 281 consecutive weeks on top from June 2005-October 2010. Both are all-time records that will never be broken and proof of his historical dominance beginning with his pro debut in 1996.
The Utah Utes have been playing college football since 1905. They have never been ranked No. 1. Not for a single week, let alone at the end of the season. And they will begin 2022 with better college football odds than Woods to get it done at St Andrews.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson To Win 2024 US Presidential Election, +5000
Not to get all political, but it’s worth noting a former professional wrestler and star of such films as “Tooth Fairy” and a “Baywatch” reboot has better odds to become the leader of the free world than Woods to pick off major No. 16 this week.
We’re not sure if that says more about Woods’ game or the current political landscape.
Harry Styles to Succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond, +3300
Harry Styles is one of the biggest pop stars in the world. Apparently he’s an actor as well. And with UK markets heating up on action for candidates to become the next leading man in the James Bond franchise, Styles is listed with significantly shorter odds than Woods.
He is British, which probably works in his favor. Beyond that we have a hard time seeing the man who once sang “If the stars were edible and our hearts were never full, could we live with just a taste?” pounding martinis and fighting off dozens of Soviet agents with his bare hands amid a life of international espionage.