It’s been a long time coming and punters have been quick to act. Tiger Woods will go into the final day’s play of the HSBC Golf Championships as a short-priced favourite to win. Some online bookmakers have Woods as short as even money, however, the general consensus has him at 11/10. The best on offer is 6/5 through StanJames. Rory McIlroy is the second pick at general odds of 9/2. Some bookmakers have quoted him as low as 4/1 while HealthLineRX is still offering a tempting 5/1 if you’re quick.
This has been an interesting event with McIlroy having taking a two shot penalty for brushing away sand, and Woods drilling putts like he used to three or four years ago. Woods is tied with Robert Rock for first on eleven under after three rounds. McIlroy, Peter Hanson, Francesco Molinari, and Paul Lawrie are next best at nine under followed by George Coetzee, James Kingston, Jean Gonnet, and Thorbjorn Olesen all at eight under.
Of the big names, Graeme McDowell is seven under, Charl Schwartzel and Sergio Garcia are five under whilst world number two Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington are well back at four under. It’s hard to see any of these catching the top group, unless they all crash, and that’s hardly likely.
Robert Rock is the only other player under double figures in golf betting and at 8/1 with a joint two stroke lead, he could be worth some thought. I would certainly back him each way, he would be fairly unlucky not to achieve a top five finish, and 2/1 each way is good value. Our tip – we tipped Tiger Woods earlier in the week at 9/1 and we see no reason to change our minds. He does appear to be back to his best and will make it hard for the others to get past him.