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Tiger Woods is 30/1 to win the Masters, 8/1 to win his next start

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Did Tiger Woods’ performance at the Hero World Challenge give you the itch to plunk down some cash on TW this year?

You’re in luck: OnlineGambling.lv has set odds for Tiger Woods’ performance in 2018. More specifically, the site has the numbers on everything from the number of tournaments Woods will win to the number of tournaments the 14-time major champion will withdraw from.

Here are a few of the more interesting lines and over/unders.

Over/under number of PGA Tour wins for Tiger in 2018: 1.5

Woods’ showing at the Hero must have been inspiring for Vegas indeed to set the O/U above one.

Number of top-ten PGA Tour finishes for Tiger in 2018: 3.5

Considering Woods’ has just one top-10 finish in the past two seasons, it looks like Woods’ pain-free performance inspired the bookies that he’ll play a full schedule this season.

Odds Tiger wins each Major in 2018
Masters: 30/1
US Open: 35/1
The Open Championship: 33/1
PGA Championship: 25/1

It’s interesting Woods’ best odds are for the PGA Championship. That said, he’s historically played well at Quail Hollow.

O/U Tiger’s World Golf Ranking at end of 2018: 50.5

Considering Woods’ current ranking is No. 668, this particular book sees Woods notching a number of respectable showings this season.

Odds on Tiger’s performance at his next tournament
Wins: 8/1
Top-ten finish: 3/2
Misses cut: 6/1

Considering the popular expectations that Woods’ next start will be at his personal playground, Torrey Pines, for the Farmers Insurance Open, it’s not altogether shocking to see him at 8/1…especially since the cash will pour in on Woods at any number and books have to protect themselves. It is interesting how similar his odds of missing the cut are to winning. Feast or famine?

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  1. Marc

    Dec 6, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    What are the odds of Tiger never winning again? Whatever those odds are I would take that bet.
    I really hope he wins again. He is great for golf,but I just don’t think he has what it takes anymore to compete with the young guns.

  2. Tartan Golf Travel

    Dec 6, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    A sucker is born every minute. 30/1 for the masters and 8/1 for his next win are hilarious but that’s why those hotels are so big in Vegas! The only good bet I see is the under in 1.5 wins this year. Look back at what was said after last years Hero….Same thing. Swing looks good and he looks healthy. Bottom line is until he plays 2-3 full field events I don’t think we will know how he is doing.

  3. Mihaly

    Dec 6, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Unlike golfers of the past, the one thing that sets Tiger apart from others is perhaps his frame of mind. The knowledge that he KNOWS he can still win and win big.That chunk of confidence is huge. It doesn’t matter that his competition is guys like Spieth or Day or anybody else you can think of. He’s going into this knowing that he has won 79 times…14 majors…NOBODY ELSE even comes close to that. Not even remotely. He’s carrying a very big stick of History. And that means POWER. MIND POWER. Psychological power over the other players. If he wins within the next two or three outings…he will be feared again. If he wins any Majors this year…wow, I can’t imagine what that must do to the minds of the other players. He’s an exciting player to watch for us mere mortals. Relieved that he’s back.

  4. Ian

    Dec 6, 2017 at 2:11 am

    The PGA isn’t at Quail next year though

  5. moses

    Dec 5, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    He MOVES the needle like no one before.

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An instructor’s perspective on the Chamblee/Dufner Twitter controversy

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If you have not had a chance to read the latest exchange on Twitter between Brandel Chamblee and Jason Dufner — and his teacher Chuck Cook — you have missed a wonderful controversy brewing. As you may know, Brandel is never one to hide his feelings on his views of the golf swing (he’s against The Golfing Machine teachings). And when people disagree with him (Jason Dufner), he’s not hesitant to tackle his opposition head on.

I’d like to take the time to weigh-in on what I feel should be focused on from an instruction standpoint, instead of what has been said on Twitter in this controversy.

Brandel’s side

First of all, I consider Brandel to be a friend of mine and he has been nothing but gracious to me during my professional career; though we have differing viewpoints on certain things. I have often called or emailed him, asking his opinion on one thing or another, and he has never failed to answer me. In fact, I love hearing what he has to say, even if it’s the opposite of what I feel personally and professionally — he hardly speaks without research to back it up. When you have the kind of stage he has, you must be armed with facts.

As we all know, Brandel is not a fan of the new breed of instruction. He prefers the old school methods, and clearly from his initial Tweet that sparked the entire controversy, he prefers an upright backswing. He is not a fan of most technologies used on the lesson tee, and he is very vocal regarding the Golfing Machine book and the Trackman launch monitor. While I hold both these things dear to me personally, I do understand how he could not be as convinced as I am of their successes within the game.

People must understand his opinion is a matter of perspective, and though he has this perspective as a player, and as a player-turned-teacher, he does not have the thousands and thousands of hours on the lesson tee. This does not make him right or wrong, it just gives him a different viewpoint.

Dufner’s side

As a teacher myself, I admire Dufner’s rise to fame and to the top ranks as a player, and I applaud him for doing so in spite of the odds and the drama that has gone on within his personal life over the last few years. I am proud to see him step up on a public forum and defend Chuck Cook (his long time teacher) on this Twitter thread. It is refreshing to see! Though I don’t know Jason, I’d like to shake his hand for doing so. My biggest gripe with Tour Professionals, in general, is their failure to stand by their instructors when things are not going well.

The last time I saw a player defending his teacher this adamantly was in a text string I had with Kevin Kisner (who is a great guy and friend) and John Tillery (his teacher and also a friend), who was not picked as one of the Top-100 Teachers on the latest list by Golf Magazine. As I told Kevin and John, it is a matter of time before he is recognized by Golf Magazine. The lists are subjective and many things go into the selection process; they make good choices and other times they make mistakes. John is a heck of a teacher and will always be Top 100 in my book! So kudos to Jason and Kevin for standing up for their guys…they both deserve it 100 percent.

Chuck Cook’s side

How Chuck was dragged into the middle of this whole controversy is beyond me, because he is one of the nicest and most soft-spoken guys. I also consider him the top-1 percent of teachers within our business. Chuck was in Vail for many years while I was also teaching there, and we have been on many outings together. He has been nothing but professional to all of us and anyone he comes into contact with personally. When someone questions him or his ability to teach at the highest levels, I can only say look at the two U.S. Open Champs he has taught, as well as what he’s done with countless other people within the game of golf. He is a smart and stand-up guy and deserves nothing but respect from all of us.

Chuck, I wish I could be HALF the teacher and person you are and have always been! That is a fact.

The Golfing Machine

Now, we could write an entire article series on the book I call my bible within the golfing world. However, 99 percent of the people in the world call it a “method,” or too complex, although every top teacher uses its methodologies within their instruction. It is ONLY an encyclopedia of motion — that’s it. It tells you what will and will not work together during the swing. What the book lacks has been the proper messenger to get the word across and that blame is only on timing. That’s not a knock on the past teachers who have used it or the players on Tour who have employed it.

Homer’s great book was born in 1969, and sadly the world would not be ready to hear these type of ideas in this type of format until now. And, like anything, it has been grossly misunderstood. The book and teachings have been chastised and will continue to be until a few more generations realize the greatness of what is contained within its pages. Only time will help our cause.

The Conclusion

Its all good… it’s not a big deal people! Please understand we ALL come from different places within the game and have our own opinions based on our perspective. Remember that these are all subject to change and can at any time. Every one of the people in that string of Tweets have their own agenda to promote and have the basis to call themselves great in what they do for a living. As long as we all have a drink and a laugh together at the end of the day, I see no harm in a gentleman’s disagreement between friends as long as nothing was done out of malice.

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Friday’s Photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 QBE Shootout at Tiburon G.C. in Naples, Florida. Formerly known as the Franklin Templeton Shootout, or the Shark Shootout, the unofficial event plays host to 24 of some of the world’s best golfers, competing in a two-person team competition. The format calls for 54 holes; first-round scramble, second-round modified alternate shot, and third-round fourball (or better ball).

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Here is a list of the teams:

  • Daniel Berger-Gary Woodland
  • Keegan Bradley-Brendan Steele
  • Kevin Chappell-Kevin Kisner
  • Jason Dufner-Billy Horschel
  • Harris English-Matt Kuchar
  • Tony Finau-Lexi Thompson
  • Brian Harman-Pat Perez
  • Russell Henley-Kyle Stanley
  • Charley-Hoffman-Zach Johnson
  • Shane Lowry-Graeme McDowell
  • Brandt Snedeker-Bubba Watson
  • Sean O’Hair-Steve Stricker

Last year, Harris English and Matt Kuchar took down the crown, finishing at 28-under par for the event. Of course, they’ll be playing together again this year as the defending champs.

Check out our photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout below!

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Thursday’s Photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 QBE Shootout at Tiburon G.C. in Naples, Florida. Formerly known as the Franklin Templeton Shootout, or the Shark Shootout, the unofficial event plays host to 24 of some of the world’s best golfers, competing in a two-person team competition. The format calls for 54 holes; first-round scramble, second-round modified alternate shot, and third-round fourball (or better ball).

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Here is a list of the teams:

  • Daniel Berger-Gary Woodland
  • Keegan Bradley-Brendan Steele
  • Kevin Chappell-Kevin Kisner
  • Jason Dufner-Billy Horschel
  • Harris English-Matt Kuchar
  • Tony Finau-Lexi Thompson
  • Brian Harman-Pat Perez
  • Russell Henley-Kyle Stanley
  • Charley-Hoffman-Zach Johnson
  • Shane Lowry-Graeme McDowell
  • Brandt Snedeker-Bubba Watson
  • Sean O’Hair-Steve Stricker

Last year, Harris English and Matt Kuchar took down the crown, finishing at 28-under par for the event. Of course, they’ll be playing together again this year as the defending champs.

Check out our photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout below!

Thursday’s Galleries

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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