US PGA Championship 2014
This entry was posted on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Betting without Tiger
In the good old days of the first decade of this illustrious third millennium (think about it kids,) betting on golf majors was a complex business. There was the ‘outright’ winner which could be backed, and then there was the real market – the ‘betting without Tiger’ market i.e. who was going to finish second behind the great man. Ultimately, Woods was occasionally starting Majors odds-on, and not even his father would back him at those prices. More often than not however, Eldrick delivered.
Fast forward just a few short years, and golf majors are once more betting without Tiger. Not literally of course, but nobody spunks their shekels on Woods anymore, not even the hopelessly romantic punter in us all.
And so to Valhalla in Kentucky, where the chicken is fried, but the birdies are not. This course has hosted the tournament twice before, and both times the trophy was awarded after a play-off. In 1996, Mark Brooks defeated Kenny Perry, and in 2000 it was Tiger, midway through his Tiger slam, who dealt with Bob May (me neither) over three extra holes.
Can returning to the scene of one of his triumphs aid Tiger? Well he had won at Hoylake the last time the Open Championship was there, yet he played the course last month like a man who had never played golf before, yet alone links golf, yet alone Royal Liverpool.
In conclusion. Back Rickie Fowler. At 23, that is a nice price.