- Tiger Woods won his first Masters title since 2005
- It was his first win in a major since the 2008 US Open
- The 14-year gap between major victories is a golf record
Tiger is no longer in the tank, but how fueled is he for the future? With Sunday’s win at the Masters, Tiger Woods ended a 14-year drought between major championships. He also reignited the engine of a golfing public that loves to love him and obsess over his every shot.
I can’t thank my family, friends and fans enough for their support. Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget. To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for. This jacket sure is comfortable. pic.twitter.com/LsOUX2dWH1
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 14, 2019
That passion apparently extends to the betting public. Since Sunday’s win, Bovada has established Woods as the betting choice in each of golf’s three other 2019 majors – the US Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship.
Tiger Woods 2019 Major Championship Odds
|Major Tournament||Tiger Woods’ Odds to Win at Bovada|
*Odds taken on 04/15/19. Follow link in the table above for a complete list.
The Masters victory by Woods was his first win in a major since the 2008 US Open. He most recently won the British Open in 2006 and was PGA champion in 2007.
How Tiger Roared Back
If you weren’t keeping score at home, it was 3,954 days between major victories for Woods. Augusta was where it all began for Tiger. He won his first major there in 1997 at the age of 21.
He’d earn another 13 major titles in the next 11 years, completing the career Grand Slam in 2000, before he’d turned 25.
Well, ok, I don’t golf. I don’t know a Birdy from a Bogey, but as a human being, to watch #TigerWoods’ public and private struggle for the last ten years and to finally see him overcome was inspirational.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) April 15, 2019
The golfing world was his oyster but then it all fell apart. First, his marriage to Elin Nordegren collapsed through Woods’ own admissions of infidelity. He took a self-imposed exile from golf in 2009-10 in a failed bid to save his marriage.
A lot has changed since @TigerWoods' last Masters win (2005):
🎮 XBOX 360 debuted
⌨ YouTube founded
📺 Season 1 of The Office premiered
🏀 LeBron James had never made the Playoffs
🎬 Best Picture: "The Aviator"
🎶 No. 1 song: 50 Cent's "Candy Shop"
📱 iPhones did not exist pic.twitter.com/wXjCh0Glx7
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 15, 2019
Next, his golf game crumbled along with his health. He underwent four back surgeries between 2014-17. Woods played just one tournament between August of 2015 and January of 2018. The former world no. 1 tumbled out of the top 1000 players.
— SV (@sv7111) April 15, 2019
The comeback began last December when Woods won the Tour Championship, his first PGA Tour victory in five years. He tied for sixth at the 2018 British Open and finished second in last year’s PGA.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 15, 2019
Woods finally completed his comeback journey to the top this weekend.
Is Chasing Jack Back on Track?
When he sat with 14 major titles by the age of 32, everyone was ready to concede that it was only a matter of time until Woods surpassed the golfing mark of 18 major victories held by Jack Nicklaus.
Most Major victories:
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) April 14, 2019
Then everything went off the rails. The question became not whether Tiger would win the most majors, but would he win another major?
"What if I told you ten years ago that Tiger Woods would win the 2019 Masters and still be three behind Jack Nicklaus?" https://t.co/Hdrm4YrCFO
— Dave Hogg (@stareagle) April 14, 2019
With Sunday’s victory, is the race back on to hunt down Jack’s mark? Or is it too little, too late for Tiger?
Betonline is offering a prop wager on the number of major championships Woods will capture in 2019.
Tiger Woods 2019 Major Championship Total
|Major Tournament Victories for Tiger Woods||Odds at BetOnline|
If you look at it historically, Woods won three majors in 2000 and two each in 2002, 2005, and 2006.
— Nike (@Nike) April 14, 2019
Still, he’s 43, and no golfer has won multiple majors in their careers beyond that age, let alone in the same year.
Nicklaus was 46 when he won the 1986 Masters. Lee Trevino took the 1984 US Open at 44. Julius Boros is the oldest golfer to win a major. He was 48 when he captured the 1968 PGA.
But Tiger has spent a career doing things no golfer has ever done. Bet on him winning one more major this year.
Tiger Woods is the 8-1 favorite to win the PGA Championship.
He has major victories at each of the next two venues – Bethpage Black and Pebble Beach. pic.twitter.com/3xymlnWfvx
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 15, 2019
We think it will be the US Open. He already has two career wins at Pebble Beach, this year’s venue, including the 2000 US Open.