One cannot talk golf or golf betting without running across the name Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods is golf to many. Often, experts view a golf tournament as Tiger Woods versus the field, and rightfully so. Tiger Woods has won 70 PGA Golf tournaments since becoming a professional golfer in 1996. Of those 70 titles, 14 of them are PGA Majors championships.
Tiger Woods is the first and only golfer to hold every majors championship at the same time, though he did not do so in the same year. Wrapping his victories consecutively over the course of two golf seasons, this is best known as the Tiger Slam, as it is often referred to as the grand slam if a player wins all the major championships in one year in sports such as Tennis.
While Tiger Woods is typically the golf betting favorite for any tournament he enters, there are some other golfers who are worthy of a wager when it comes to golf betting. After all, Tiger does take some events off, and additionally underperforms from time to time. Having only participated in thirteen golfing events this year, Tiger Woods leads the FedEx Cup player standings – with 4381 points. Steve Stricker trails by over 1000 points, sitting at 3105 points. Heath Slocum is in third place with 2855 points, while Zach Johnson and Kenny Perry are in fourth and fifth respectively, with 2229 and 2075 points. Other noteworthy golfers on the leaderboard are Phil Mickelson in tenth spot, trailing Tiger by 2669 points. Ernie Els is in eleventh with 1683 points, and David Toms sits in 13th place with 1571 points.
In fact, the top 100 golfers will be able to compete against Tiger Woods in the 2009 Deutsch Bank Championship during the 2009 PGA Playoffs. The two remaining events in addition to the Deutsche Bank Championship are the BMW Championship, and THE TOUR Championship. In the BMW Championship, the field will be cut to the top seventy golfers in the FedEx Cup Point Standings. THE TOUR Championship cuts the field even further, allowing only those in the top thirty to compete for the FedEx Cup and a $10 million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup.
While Tiger Woods may be the favorite going into any given golf odds match, there are plenty of capable golfers in each of these events that are capable of giving Tiger a run for his money. However, giving Tiger’s historical performances, especially in the big matches, if given a choice between betting on Tiger Woods, or betting on the field, I take Tiger every day.