Bookmakers offer free bets and special offers for golf. Tiger Woods is in Ireland to play the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am before mounting his Open challenge at St Andrews next week.
Making his first European appearance since his self imposed break from golf, he took six hours to card a seven over par 79 in the first round yesterday.
Woods will complete his second round today and jet back to USA tonight before returning for the Champions’ Challenge on the eve of The Open next Wednesday.
Tiger has struggled to regain top form in the 6 tournaments he has played since his return, but has saved his best performances for the two majors he’s competed in this year.
He finished tied fourth in both The Augusta Masters and the US Open at Pebble Beach.
Padraig Harrington, who carded 76 in the Pro-Am, said of Woods yesterday: “There is no doubt, that if Tiger hits form, he’s comfortably favourite to win any of the majors and St Andrews sets up very well for him.”
Tiger will be hoping one of his favourite courses will witness his return to the top of his game. Woods has won The Open on the last two occasions it was held at St Andrews, in 2000 and 2005.
He whisked quickly away yesterday, without commenting on his game. But, following his lowly tied 46th finish at the AT&T National on Sunday, he suggested that he just needs to find some form on the greens to be challenging for more major honours.
Paddy Power are offering the best price for Woods to win The Open at odds of 11/2.