PGA Championship 2011 Odds: Why It Makes No Sense to Bet on Tiger Woods
With the 2011 WGC Bridgeston Invitation over, we can shift our focus to the 2011 PGA Championship.
Tiger Woods has won the PGA Championship four times in his career, the last time being in 2007.
Off the top of the head, can you name the last time Tiger Woods won a major championship? Can you name the last time Tiger Woods won any PGA Tour event?
Tiger Woods last major championship win was back on June 15th 2008, at the 2008 US Open.
His last win overall occurred back at the 2009 BMW Championship.
It has been almost two years since Tiger Woods last won a PGA Tour event. Tiger Woods' odds at winning the 2011 PGA Championship is at 20/1.
Tiger did finish fourth at The Masters this year, but that was prior to his leg injury.
With Tiger Woods' recent struggles, there is no reason why you should bite on the odds of him winning the 2011 PGA Championship.
5) He's Just Getting Back into the Swing of Things
Tiger Woods, prior to the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, last played at the 2011 Players Championship on May 12th.
Woods had been dealing with leg injuries prior to the 2011 Players Championship and withdrew from the Championship after only making it nine holes in the first round.
Tiger has been away from professional golf for nearly three months and is slowly working his way back into form.
Would you want to put big money on someone who is just now getting back into the swing of things?
4) Tiger's Troubles at Atlanta Athletic Club
The last time the PGA Championship was last held at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Georgia was back in 2001.
Woods finished tied for 29th that year at one-under. He shot 73, 67, 69 and 70 in that order.
Tiger was the two-time defending PGA Championship winner, as he won the tournament in 1999 and 2000.
Tiger Woods was healthy at the time and still in his prime. Woods is not the same player he was in 1999 or 2000, and we should see Woods struggle at the Atlanta Athletic Club in 2011.
3) Tiger's Struggles at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational
Tiger returned to the golf scene for the 2011 WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger's score at the 2011 WGC Bridgestone Invitational was less than impressive.
His four-day scorecard at the Invitaional is as follows: 68, 71, 72 and 70, respectively. Tiger's overall score at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational was one-over-par, which landed him tied for 37th.
Tiger, 35, has shown that he is still not back in form. You can't assume that Tiger will finish in the top 10 anymore.
Take Tiger's struggles at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational as a sign of things to come.
2) Tough Competition
Winning the 2011 PGA Championship will not be easy for Tiger Woods considering the names that he will be going up against.
Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson and Rory Mcllroy all had solid weekends at the Bridgestone Invitational.
Adam Scott won the 2011 WGC Bridgeston Invitational with Tiger Woods' old caddy, Steve Williams.
There are plenty of golfers who are playing better golf than Tiger Woods is right now.
Rory McIlroy finished tied for third in last years PGA Championship and is the favorite to win the Championship in 2011.
1) He's Not the Same Old Tiger
Remember when a bet on Tiger Woods was one of the most sure things in golf? Well that doesn't apply anymore.
In the introduction I explained that Tiger has not won a major since 2008. That is quite a drought for Tiger, and no end appears to be in sight.
Woods seems to be recovered from his Achilles tendon injury in his left leg. Regardless of his recovery, he still isn't at the top of his game.
Tiger did drive the ball well at the Bridgestone Invitational, but his accuracy seemed a bit off.
Tiger's fourth-place finish at The Masters was quite an accomplishment, but Woods has been off for awhile and still hasn't proven he can win.
How Will Tiger Fair at the 2011 PGA Championship?
Tiger Woods obviously is not at the top of his game. He is starting to show signs that he can compete, but getting a win at the 2011 PGA Championship could be nearly impossible.
There are a lot of factors working against Woods at the PGA Championship making him a very risky bet.
Woods use to be one of the most consistent golfers on tour, and now you can't predict how he will do, at any event.
Accounting for everything, I figure that Tiger will be a middle-of-the-pack golfer at the PGA Championship. He may have a good day or two, but it will be tough for him to string four consistent days together.
Until Woods proves that he is back in form, place your money on someone else.