Tiger Woods has drifted to 10/1 to win the Open Championship – the first time he’s been at double-figure odds for a major championship this century according to Ladbrokes.
Despite Woods being able to reclaim the World No.1 spot with a victory at Royal Lytham and St Annes, there are still plenty of doubts about his ability to deliver in the four biggest tournaments of the year.
He finished 40th in the Masters despite heading to Augusta on the back of a win at the Arnold Palmer and was never in contention to challenge for the green jacket.
Meanwhile, despite leading the US Open after two rounds, he slumped to a 21st place finish after a hugely disappointing weekend.
He has already won three times on the PGA Tour this season though – taking him to the top of the FedEx standings – but consistency has been a problem and, after a win at the AT&T, he missed the cut last week at the Greenbrier Classic.
He sounds in confident mood though and there are plenty of reasons to consider backing Woods at these relatively long odds.
He clearly loves the course on which his brilliant performance as an amateur in 1996 convinced him to turn professional.
His comments about Lytham being ‘unplayable’ have been blown out of all proportion and his driving in recent months has been one of the best features of his game – something we could rarely have said in previous years.
He’s shown that, unlike many current tour pros, he loves and understands links golf and has plotted his way to victories at St Andrews and Hoylake with clinical precision so far in his career.
He may not be as terrifying as he was a few years ago but the 10/1 offered for him to win could prove a lucrative punt.