Surprise, surprise… Tiger Woods is favored to win yet another PGA golf tournament; this time it is the PGA Championship, the 4th and final major of the year. The PGA Championship will take place at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is South Carolina. As with any major championship, the field is going to be stacked with a vast majority of the best golfers in the world and the course is going to be made as difficult as humanly possible.
Despite his lackluster performance and inability to close for most of the 2012 season, Woods has been favored, or close to it for the bulk of the tournaments in which he has participated this year. Woods has won three tournaments this year; the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Memorial Tournament and, most recently, the AT&T National. He has also missed 2 cuts and has withdrawn from 1 tournament.
I cannot help but think that the fact that Woods is so heavily favored is not indicative of his performance, but is rather based upon his legacy. Woods has not generally played poorly this year, but he has been wildly inconsistent.
The three major champions from 2012 are nowhere near Woods’ stratosphere as far as the sports books are concerned. Woods is going off at 8/1 while Webb Simpson is 33/1, Bubba Watson 40/1 and Ernie Els is at 50/1.
In my opinion, there are several golfers that have a better shot than Tiger at becoming the PGA Champion this year, including Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen and Matt Kuchar. Woods could very likely prove me wrong and put together 4 solid, consistent rounds and run away with this tournament. At the same time, his inconsistency with respect to ball striking and putting could rear its head and put him in the middle of the pack.