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Odds of Tiger Woods Breaking Jack Nicklaus’ Record of 18 Majors Wins Set at 20-1

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Tiger Woods has his sights set on Jack Nicklaus. Photo by pocketwiley (flickr) [CC License].
  • Tiger Woods is coming off his incredible 15th career major championship
  • Tiger is focused on surpassing Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record of 18 majors
  • Is it worth placing a wager on the Big Cat to get it done?

Hear the roar of the Tiger because it is back, baby. Not only did Tiger Woods end his 11-year major drought, he slipped into his fifth career green jacket and posted major victory #15 at Augusta National.

The narrative is now squarely centered around whether or not Woods can catch the Golden Bear’s all-time record of 18 major titles, and our friends at Bovada have a betting line on that very topic.

Will Tiger Woods Break Jack Nicklaus’ Majors Record?

Will Tiger Woods Break Jack Nicklaus’ Majors Record? Odds at Bovada
Yes +2000

*Odds taken 04/17/19

Tiger Woods is Back in a Big way

Tiger Woods has proven to himself – and everybody else – that he can get it done again on the biggest stage, which is a scary sign for the rest of the tour. Provided he stays healthy, he’s going to have plenty of chances to add to his major haul.

The next twelve major championship venues are extremely friendly for Tiger. He’s won major titles on seven of them, and also won at Harding Park at the 2005 WGC-American Express Championship (2020 PGA Championship venue).

Next 12 Major Championship Venues

Tournament/Course Woods Major Victory?
2019 PGA Championship/Bethpage Black YES (2002 U.S. Open)
2019 US Open/Pebble Beach YES (2000 U.S. Open)
2019 Open Championship/Royal Portrush NO (Never Competed)
2020 Masters/Augusta National YES (5 times)
2020 PGA Championship/Harding Park NO
2020 US Open/Winged Foot NO
2020 Open Championship/Royal St. Georges NO
2021 Masters/Augusta National YES (5 times)
2021 PGA Championship/Kiawah Island NO
2021 US Open/Torrey Pines YES (2008 U.S. Open)
2021 Open Championship/St. Andrews YES (Twice, 2000 & 2005)
2022 Masters/Augusta National YES (5 times)


In the immediate future Tiger will have several chances to win majors on courses he’s tasted success at. At 43, he’s older than when most golfers win majors, but he’s not like everybody else. His 2019 tour stats are as strong as ever, with the exceptions being a middle of the road putter and driver.

Tiger Woods 2019 Strokes Gained Statistics

Stat Rank
Off The Tee 71st
Approach The Green 17th
Around The Green 5th
Putting 73rd
Tee to Green 9th
Total 6th

Will Tiger Surpass Nicklaus?

Yes. Tiger won a major championship with arguably his A-minus game at Augusta National, where he methodically plodded his way around the course. There’s another gear there that we were so accustomed to seeing in his heyday.

Equipped with the knowledge that he can win again, and perhaps more importantly the field also knowing he can get it done, the mystique that Tiger previously exuded is back. It can almost certainly be expected to come back again at least once a year in the four biggest tournaments for years to come, provided he stays healthy.

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Michael "Hound Dog" Harrison is well known in the sports industry as the resident statisitician for the Jay and Dan Show. He has worked at TSN for over 13 years, where he's been featured on Sportscentre, That's Hockey, That's Hockey 2Nite, The Masters preview shows, and several more.