Bettors Flocking to Tiger Woods at Most U.S. Sportsbooks, But Not in Vegas

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Week six of the Coronavirus-shortened PGA Tour season brings Tiger Woods back, and judging from how bettors are betting, they’re not shying away from Eldrick at The Memorial.

At BetMGM, Tiger — who said his absence was to be conservative for the times and has nothing to do with his readiness — is tied for fifth most likely to win (20/1) with last week’s winner Colin Morikawa. Those with shorter odds are Dustin Johnson (16/1), Patrick Cantlay (14/1), Rory McIlroy (12/1), Justin Thomas (11/1) and Bryson DeChambeau (10/1)

But the book has taken 21.2% of all bets and 20.8% of all the money on Tiger. The second largest bet percentage belongs to Abraham Ancer (5.7%), while Rory McIlroy is second by handle (10.5%).

At DraftKings, Tiger is 25/1 and represents 14% of the bets and 19% of the handle, while Brooks Koepka at 28/1 currently represents the second most in both bets (7%) and handle (12%).

At FanDuel, action on Tiger moved him from 27/1 to 25/1, but the big bets haven’t come in on Tiger (the biggest being $1,900 at 26/1). The largest potential win on outright winner, the book reports, is $2,600 on Xander Schauffele at 31/1 to win, which would net $80,600.

Interestingly, in Vegas, Tiger is not the most popular bet. The Superbook opened Tiger at 25/1, where he still stands and they’ve only seen 18 bets on him to win, said the book’s Jeff Sherman. “He accounts for one tenth of the handle we’ve taken on DeChambeau,” Sherman said.

The Superbook also took a relatively big bet on Schauffele, $1,000 at 30/1 and he has since shortened to 25/1.

Speaking of liabilities, Tiger winning isn’t even in the top five at PointsBet. Two $1,000 bets on huge long shots — Matt Wolff (125/1) and Emiliano Grillo (200/1) make them No. 2 and No. 3 in liability behind Gary Woodland (40/1).

Hoping to use to Tiger to woo in more bettors, sportsbooks are not shy on Tiger specials. MGM is offering a risk free $25 bet on Tiger, with a bettor’s account credited up to $25 if Woods fails to make the cut.

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DraftKings, among other promotions, has boosted the odds for Tiger to hit his first three fairways in his first round from +135 to +165.

PointsBet’s most popular booster is Tiger to finish in the Top 5, which the book boosted from +500 to +600.

U.S. books are offering a whole host of Tiger promos for this weekend, which you can find here.

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