- The 13th Presidents Cup tees off from Royal Melbourne on Thursday, December 12th
- Tiger Woods is competing as a playing captain for Team USA
- There are plenty of prop bets to wager on for the 15-time major champion
The 13th edition of the biennial Presidents Cup matches is set to begin next week with the United States heavily favored to dismantle the International team that on paper is severely overmatched.
Captain Tiger Woods unsurprisingly selected himself to be on the squad to become the first playing captain at the event since Hale Irwin in 1994.
Big Cat will be competing in his ninth iteration of these matches and the first time since 2013. BetOnline has posted some interesting prop bets on how well El Tigre will do in the event.
Tiger Woods Matches Played Odds
|How Many Matches Will Tiger Play?||Odds at BetOnline|
|Over 2.5 Matches||-205|
|Under 2.5 Matches||+165|
All Odds Taken December 4th
The maximum amount of matches Tiger could play for the week is five, spread out over four days (this differs from the Ryder Cup which is five matches in three days.) In all of his previous instances, he played the full amount during the week.
Of course, this time around things are different now that he’s a captain and has also undergone several surgeries for injuries so he’s not as spry as he once was.
— George Savaricas (@GeorgeSavaricas) December 4, 2019
It is absolutely fair to think he’d play every day, with perhaps one session off to rest in between. It’s incredibly hard to think he’d play two or fewer matches given that the Sunday singles is already a guarantee he’ll tee it up.
Pick: Over 2.5 Matches (-205)
Odds Tiger Woods Plays on Day 1
|Will Tiger Play on Day 1?||Odds at BetOnline|
The prevailing thought was a lot of the pairings for the first round of this week’s Hero World Challenge were an indicator of who might pair together for USA in the Presidents Cup. Wednesday saw Tiger grouped with Justin Thomas who has been on fire with a victory and nothing worse than a T-17th showing in his last nine tournaments.
Hero World Challenge is this week. A few things to know: 11 of the 12 players on the U.S. Presidents Cup team are playing and tourney host/team captain Tiger Woods sets the first-round pairings. If you want a sneak preview of potential partnerships, check the Wednesday tee sheet.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelTAN) December 2, 2019
With that said, there’s a virtual zero percent chance Tiger would dare sit Justin Thomas on the first day. Therefore, if he’s playing with JT, Tiger obviously is competing. Take the extra juice on betting yes and see the mulah roll in.
Pick: Yes (+100)
Odds on Points Won By Tiger
|How Many Points Will Tiger Woods Win?||Odds at BetOnline|
|Under 1.5 Points||-125|
|Over 1.5 Points||+105|
A realistic expectation is that Tiger plays either three or four of the potential five matches that he could compete in. Saturday has morning and afternoon sessions with Woods almost assuredly taking one of those off to remain fresh.
Last year Big Cat was shut out in four matches at the Ryder Cup, having a miserable time following a lot of golf in a compressed schedule. This go-round, he has barely played in the last few months so being tired won’t be as much of an issue.
Imagine telling your 2016 self that reigning Masters champ Tiger Woods would fly to Japan to tie the PGA Tour’s all-time wins record and ensure that he’d pick himself for the Presidents Cup.
— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) October 27, 2019
Can he pick off two of the three (or four) matches? The Americans are massive favorites with eight of their players higher in the world rankings ahead of the top ranked International player in Adam Scott.
In other words, the States might dismantle the International squad yet again (they won by eight points in 2017). If Tiger is playing with Thomas, expect victories.
Pick: Over 1.5 Points (+105)
Odds on Tiger’s Final Points Total
|Will Tiger Woods Win the Maximum Five Points?||Odds at BetOnline|
Don’t be suckered in by the very tempting +2000 odds on this one – only five times in the history of the Presidents Cup has a player won all five matches, including Tiger who did it in 2009. As we’ve mentioned, it’s extremely likely he fails to compete in all five, let alone win them all. Don’t fall into the trap on this one.
Pick: No (-25000)
Odds Tiger Sinks Winning Putt
|Will Tiger Woods Sink the Winning Putt?||Odds at BetOnline|
This one is completely a random guess basically, with the caveat that Tiger will probably put himself out later in singles on Sunday in case he’s needed to close out the event plus he can put out his squad earlier to see how they’re doing before he’s deep into his match.
Sealing the victory in style. 🏆
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 2, 2019
As mentioned Team USA is so stacked that they’ll probably clinch the Presidents Cup well before Tiger’s match even matters. This is a very subjective wager but the smart money is on no.
Pick: No (-6600)
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