British Open betting: Tiger Woods' odds of winning get longer despite lots of bets

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Tiger Woods’ odds to win the British Open have gotten longer.

Woods was at +4000 at BetMGM to win his third Open title at St. Andrews over the weekend. But his odds have now jumped up to +6600 to win the tournament as the book isn’t convinced that Woods will be able to physically handle the demands of the tournament.

“Tiger Woods is already a significant liability for BetMGM at The Open Championship," BetMGM vice president of trading Jason Scott said. "Judging from his last few tournaments, playing four days in a row seems to put incredible stress on Tiger’s body so we're comfortable with the huge liability.”

Woods is the book’s biggest liability, meaning that he’ll cost BetMGM the most money of any player if he wins. Woods has generated nearly 6% of the bets on a player to win the tournament and nearly 7% of the money placed on a player to win. Only two players have gotten more money than Woods.

U.S golfer Tiger Woods prepares to tee off on the 7th hole during a practice round at the British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, Monday July 11, 2022. The Open Championship returns to the home of golf on July 14-17, 2022, to celebrate the 150th edition of the sport's oldest championship, which dates to 1860 and was first played at St. Andrews in 1873. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Tiger Woods is now at +6600 to win the British Open. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Woods has played in just two competitive tournaments since sustaining severe leg injuries in a February 2021 car crash. The 2022 Masters was Woods first tournament back and he faded over the weekend after making the cut while visibly limping on Saturday and Sunday. Woods then played the PGA Championship and withdrew after three rounds because of the lack of strength in his leg.

The 15-time major champion skipped the U.S. Open to prepare for the British Open. Woods is one of five men who have won two Opens at St. Andrews; no one has won three at the legendary course.

At +4000, Woods’ odds were the same as players like Sam Burns and Louis Oosthuizen. Now he has the same odds as Justin Rose, Bryson DeChambeau and Sungjae Im and is tied for the 24th best odds on the board.

Rory McIlroy continues to be the pre-tournament favorite at +1000. Xander Schauffele is the No. 2 favorite at +1400 after winning the Scottish Open while Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Matt Fitzpatrick and Scottie Scheffler are all at +1800.