Tiger WoodsIt’s going to be well over 200 days before the start of the next PGA major event and already oddsmakers are predicting that Tiger Woods will continue on his streak of bad luck at winning one of golf’s ‘Majors’. Not to say that Tiger did not make money in 2013 he made millions but he didn’t win a ‘major’ again.

The Las Vegas sportsbook LVH opened Tiger Woods as the 5-to-1 favorite to win the 2014 Masters although Woods has not won a ‘major’ since winning the U.S. Open way back in 2008. His last win at Augusta, the site of the Masters was in 2005, back when Tiger Woods was the hottest name in professional golf.

In spite of all that or perhaps because of it, Woods continues to be the odds on favorite to win at the beginning of every golf match that he appears in. Not since Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus have we had such a popular figure to wager on.

At this point Tiger Woods has 14 ‘major’ titles and is far and away out in the lead in the World Golf Ranking and he even holds a 766 point lead over second place Matt Kucher in the FedEx Cup standings. In 2013, Woods won 5 of the 8 non-major tournaments that he entered.  Pretty impressive.

However, William Hill, in the U.K., does not seem to think that Tiger stands much of a chance to add a 15th major victory in 2014. One popular prop they have posted asks how many ‘major’ titles will Tiger Woods win in 2014. The ‘none’ option is the 8-to-15 favorite reports Graham Sharpe of William Hill on Twitter.  In other words, the book is banking on Tiger coming up short in the majors again next year.

Woods responded to reporters after the PGA match, ‘Is it concerning? No.  I’ve been there in half of them.  So that’s about right.  If you are going to be there in three-quarters or half of them with a chance to win on the back nine, you have just got to get it done.”

Here is a quick look at three of the top names in golf and their ‘major’ win totals in 2014.

Tiger Woods None 8/15 One 6/4 Two 9/1 Three 33/1 Four 66/1
Rory McIlroy None 1/5 One 5/2 Two 16/1 Three 66/1 Four 100/1
Lee Westwood None 1/16 One 5/1 Two 20/1 Three 125/1 Four 200/1

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