Tiger thinks he can win in his 50s, oddsmakers disagree

May 24, 2012 |
Woods is priced at +1,000 to win the upcoming U.S. Open.
Woods is priced at +1,000 to win the upcoming U.S. Open.
Despite his recent fall from the top of the golf world, Tiger Woods remains confident he can be a threat on the PGA Tour well into his 50s.

During a press conference this week, Woods told 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. that he believes he can win tournaments at the ripe old age of 50 and beyond, stating that course length would play a big factor into whether or not he can remain relevant on tour.

“It just has to be on the right golf course,” Woods said. “It can’t be, at that age — well, by the time I’m at that age, it’ll be some golf courses over 8,000 yards. It’s probably not going to be at one of those; it’s probably going to be at a shorter golf course like you’d find at a British Open.”

Oddsmakers don’t necessarily agree with the former World’s No. 1.

"I would be surprised if he did," Jeff Sherman, a golf oddsmaker for golfodds.com, told Covers. "By that time there are going to be so many more talented young golfers that come along. Things now are not nearly as easy for him as they were 10 years ago, regardless of the state of his game."

WilliamHill.com current had Woods priced at -400 to go without a major tournament win in 2012, and has him set at +1,000, behind Rory McIlroy at +800, to win the U.S. Open. Woods is, however, a +600 favorite to win the British Open Championship this year.

WilliamHill is offering +240 odds on one major win for Woods this year, +2,000 for two and +6,600 for three major titles in 2012.

Woods currently has 72 PGA Tour wins - third all-time behind Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus - and 14 major tournament titles - second to Nicklaus' 18.

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