Checking in with Tiger Woods, golf futures and prop bets. All lines courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Tiger Woods is once again No. 1 on Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s highest paid athletes. Woods held the top spot each year from 2001 to 2011 before Floyd Mayweather knocked him off. Tiger ascended to the top of this year’s list by earning $78.1 million last year. Forbes estimated that Tiger accumulated his earning through prize money ($13.1 million), endorsements ($55 million), and appearance fees ($10 million).
Following Tiger on the highest paid athletes list is Roger Federer ($71.5 million), Kobe Bryant ($61.9 million), and LeBron James ($59.8 million). Mayweather is tied for 14th on the list.
Tiger’s reign on top of the highest paid list is bolstered by his success on the golf course. Woods has won six events in the last twelve months. Below we look at a few prop bets concerning his success on the course as well as his earning ability with sponsors.
How many years will Tiger Woods' new contract be with Nike?
Over 4 Years, 5/7
Under 4 Years, 1/1
Tiger is set to sign an extension with longtime partner Nike. Tiger first began working with Nike in 1996 when he turned pro. Woods earns approximately $20 million a year from Nike with bonuses tied to his wins and World Golf Ranking.
Odds to Win the US Money List 2013
This prop is closed for betting but I wanted to include it anyways. At 1/20, the odds imply that Tiger is a 95.2% favorite to be No. 1 on the US Money list in 2013. Currently Tiger has earned $5,862,496, approximately $1.5 million more than second place Matt Kuchar. Kuchar’s odds to win the money list are 14/1.
Total Majors Won In 2013
*Must play in all four Majors for bets to stand.
Tiger struck out on the Masters, finishing tied for fourth, four shots off the lead, which leaves the US Open, British Open, and PGA Championship. The odds favor Tiger to go winless while the sportsbook is giving Tiger just 2.9% chance of winning all three (at 33/1 odds, 1/(33+1)).
Odds to Win a 2013 Major
Why would you bet yes here when you get better odds of him winning one major in the previous bet? Don’t forget, if Tiger wins more than one then you’re tearing up your ticket if you took exactly one on the previous prop.
Odds to Win the 2013 US Open
Nike just revealed Tiger’s outfits for the June 13th US Open. Tiger has won this event three times (2000, 2002, 2008). Woods finished tied for 21st last year.
Odds to Win the 2013 British Open
Tiger has won the Open Championship three times (2000, 2005, 2006). However, his recent history has not been nearly as sparkling. In 2009 he finished in 74th place, 2010 23rd, 2011 he pulled out due to injury, and 2012 he was tied for 3rd.
Odds to Win the 2013 USPGA Championship
Tiger most recently won this event in 2007 by two strokes; it was his second consecutive title in the event.
Odds to Win the 2014 Masters
It is not until next year but we already got the odds for Tiger to win the Masters. It would be Woods’ fifth title in the event, first since 2005.