Is there any value betting Tiger at the Masters?

During Covers’ weekly spot on TSN Radio’s Inside The Lines this past Sunday, co-host Arnie Spanier asked me for my Masters picks.

"You could say Tiger, but we'll laugh at you,” he said. “We know he's going to be on the leaderboard. There's no value in that.”

I gave Matt Kuchar (33-1) as my long shot play, but I also argued that I didn’t agree that there is no value in taking Tiger.

A day before the tournament is set to begin, you can find Tiger being offered anywhere between 3-1 and 5-1. And though that may not sound like much for a golf tournament where it’s man vs. the field, some historical context may change your mind.

If you truly believe that Tiger is “back”, you have to look at when he had never left. 

He won his last major at the 2008 U.S. Open, a year in which he won four events, nearly $6 million in prize money and finished runner-up at the Masters.

Tiger was set as a +110 favorite to win at Augusta that year.

Plus one-ten!

It sounds absurd looking back now, but patrons lined up at the sportsbooks to play it and they very nearly cashed in.

So far this year, Woods has won three tournaments in five events and he's piled up almost $4 million in cash. You could argue that he's not officially "back" but I'm not sure who'd listen.

And I can assure you that if Tiger wins Sunday, you won’t find a book from New York to Macau offering him at 5-1 to win a major any time soon.

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Posted by holmes
1 year ago

Like Phil this week.
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Posted by jjpga
1 year ago

THE WAY TO MAKE MONEY BETTING GOLF IS SIMPLE. PLAY 5 GUYS FOR 100 EACH EVERY WEEK THE ENTIRE YEAR WHO YOU THINK CAN WIN 2 TIME OR MORE OTHER THAN TIGER, PHIL OR MCILROY.. IF THEY WIN TWICE YOU AN DOUBLE OR RIPLE OUR MONEY CAUSE THEY PLAY ABOUT 25 EVENTS EACH. MY 5 THIS YEAR ARE SNEDEKER 33-1 THIS WEEK, SCOTT 25-1 THIS WEEK, KUCHAR 35-1 THIS WEEK, MAHAN 50-1 THIS WEEK, AND WESTWOOD 25-1 THIS WEEK.....I ALREADY HAVE MADE MONEY WITH KUCHAR AT 45-1 AT WORLD MATCH PLAY EVENT...GOOD LUCK &ALWAYS STICK WITH YOUR 5 GUYS WEEKLY UNLESS THEY HAVE WEEK OFF OF COURSE !!!!
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Posted by MrBogey
1 year ago

AVOID DEFENDING CHAMPS AND GUYS OFF A WIN LIKE THE PLAGUE
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Posted by Getty3
1 year ago

Everybody and his brother in the mainstream media has already awarded Woods the green jacket. That never ends up well for bettors who follow the crowd. You're better spreading some money out on Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, and Martin Laird for a more likely and profitable payoff.
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Posted by jjpga
1 year ago

"THE WAY TO MAKE MONEY BETTING GOLF IS SIMPLE. PLAY 5 GUYS FOR 100 EACH EVERY WEEK THE ENTIRE YEAR WHO YOU THINK CAN WIN 2 TIME OR MORE OTHER THAN TIGER, PHIL OR MCILROY.. IF THEY WIN TWICE YOU AN DOUBLE OR RIPLE OUR MONEY CAUSE THEY PLAY ABOUT 25 EVE..."