Masters gets interesting with possible bets on Tiger
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Forget about simply betting on Tiger Woods to win the Masters, British bookmakers are taking wagers on whether he will hit a tree on his first drive or kiss an anonymous blonde before teeing off.
Woods, who will make his return to golf next week at Augusta National after months of seclusion following revelations that he cheated on his wife, is shaping up to be a big market for bettors in Britain.
“We’ll absolutely certainly take a couple of million (pounds) on it ourselves,” William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said Tuesday. “So far, people are sensibly reluctant to part with their cash until two or three days beforehand ... because once you place your bet you can’t cancel it.”
Both William Hill and Lad- brokes have Woods listed as the 4-1 favorite to win his fifth Masters title, despite that he hasn’t played competitively since driving his vehicle into a tree outside his home in late November. The tournament begins April 8.
Phil Mickelson is the second favorite at 9-1, and Ernie Els is third at 10-1, according to William Hill. But aside from the usual bets, markets are open on whether Woods will be the center of any unexpected occurrences, such as an ar- gument, a fit of anger or an appearance by his wife, Elin Nordegren.
“We’ve got a whole host (of markets), the funnies around to the serious,” Ladbrokes spokesman Nick Weinberg said. “Obviously, (we’ve) priced him up to win the major, to miss the cut, to have a fight with a fan on the first tee, to kiss an anonymous blonde — which doesn’t include (John) Daly, we point out.” | The Associated Press
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