Rejuvenated Tiger Sends Golf Fans Ryder Cup Crazy



Sport and history are synonymous with one another. Those spine-tingling moments that stay with fans throughout the ages, they are what make sport so special.

Many of these inspiring events are based on incredible comebacks. Football fans will only be too aware of Liverpool’s unbelievable Champions League final penalty shoot-out victory, after being 3-0 down at half-time to that AC Milan side.

Boxing enthusiasts will tell stories of Muhammad Ali making the impossible possible by finding a way to beat the formidable George Foreman in the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle.

Golf is no stranger to such comebacks. The 2012 Ryder Cup saw Europe 10-4 down as Saturday came to a close, only for Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer and the rest of the European team to fight their way to a historic 14 ½ - 13 ½ victory. At one point, USA were as short as 1/12 for the win.

Tiger Woods was part of that defeated USA team but, just last week, staged his own personal comeback that has catapulted golf to the summit of sport at the perfect time.

The highest earning golfer of all time had not won a tournament since 2013 and, with his career plagued by personal problems and injuries in that time, the scenes of thousands of fans following him up the 18th fairway to roar him to victory will stick in the mind for years to come.

His return to winning ways couldn’t have been timed any better. Just one week before the biggest competition in the sport, the most famous face in golf is back and means business.

Ryder Cup Betting: The Impact of Tiger’s Return to Form

In reality, Tiger Woods’ ranking has little effect on his ability to attract crowds. The 42-year-old has been selected as a wildcard for the Ryder Cup favourites and is available at 3/1 to finish as the top wildcard, and 11/8 to be the top American wildcard.

Punters will no doubt be looking for an interesting bet on the greatest tournament in golf and an in-form Woods can only serve as a positive for the industry.

Tiger’s return to form is great for golf

Betfred price Tiger at a tasty 30/1 to win all of his available points for team USA, and have him as a 125/1 shot to card a hole in one. Those fancying a romantic punt in the Ryder Cup betting may like the look of the 16/1 on Woods to score the winning point on the Sunday afternoon.

On the back of winning his first tournament in five years, the 7/1 on Woods being the top American offers tremendous value for those searching for golf betting tips.

Can Europe Overcome the Ryder Cup Favourites?

With the likes of Woods, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka turning out for the United States, it isn’t difficult to see why they are the Ryder Cup favourites.

Jim Furyk’s men are the defending champions, after the US ran out comfortable 17-11 winners two years ago in Minnesota.

Having said that, Europe have won six of the last eight Ryder Cups and boast some world class talent in their ranks. In fact, Thomas Bjorn’s team consists of four of the top ten players in the world. The 6/5 on Europe regaining the title is not to be sniffed at.

Punters can Tweet Betfred using #PickYourPunt to have a request of their own priced up, with an array of markets already available to bet on.

Johnson, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy lead the betting to finish the weekend as the top combined points scorer with Justin Thomas, Koepka and Woods priced just a touch longer.

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