Tiger Woods Saga Causes Betting BonanzaPublished December 16, 2009 by OCR Editor
Superstar remains favorite for US Masters, despite uncertainty over whether he will even participate.
The ongoing saga over Tiger Woods' personal life has caused a betting bonanza for golf fans, as uncertainty continues to cloud the future of the 14-time Major Championships winner.
Woods, who announced on Friday that he would be taking an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage, remains a 5/2 William Hill favorite to win the next major - April's US Masters in Augusta, Georgia - despite the likelihood that he won't appear at all.
Phil Mickelson is second in the betting at 11/2, followed by Padraig Harrington 14/1, and Geoff Ogilvy, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood all on 16/1.
The odds show the dominance of the sport by the 33-year-old Woods, who was publicly revealed to have cheated on his wife following an incident in late November in which Woods had a car accident outside his Florida home. Woods was treated for minor facial lacerations and reported for careless driving following the accident.
Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has found another angle to the Woods story, reportedly offering betting odds on who will get the first interview with him. Oprah Winfrey tops the list at odds-on favoritism, with Barbara Walters, Jay Leno, Larry King and David Letterman all figuring in the market.
Woods is 5/4 at Paddy Power to not participate in the Masters, and 7/2 to not participate in a PGA tournament at all in 2010. The US Masters is seen as the most likely stage for Woods' return, at 5/2.