Vegas is Confident Tiger Woods Won't Win British Open at St. Andrews Despite Huge Liability

Tiger Woods.
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Tiger Woods hasn't given bettors a reason to wager on him this year. But like an irresistible buffalo chicken dip, people can't get enough of him and it sounds Vegas is fine with that.

Woods is the biggest liability for several sportsbooks ahead of this week's British Open at St. Andrews. He's currently +5000 to win his fourth Open Championship, but that number is down significantly from whee he opened. The reason is people keep betting on Woods.

"We opened him at +6900 and he is currently +5000," a WynnBET spokesperson told BetSided. "He is our worst result, accounting for 2.9% of tickets and 5.6% of our handle."

WynnBET isn't the only sportsbook dealing with a big number on Woods. BetMGM VP of Trading, Jason Scott, offered a similar insight on Woods, though he doesn't sound concerned.

Woods' is still recovering from a traumatic crash that led to a broken leg and several surgeries. This on top of his back injuries and all the other injuries he's suffered throughout his career.

The wear and tear has been evident in his two appearances this year at the Masters and PGA Championship. He literally limped to the finish at Augusta and withdrew after the third round of the PGA Championship.

Woods opted to skip the US Open and give his body more time to heal ahead of the British Open. He's won twice at St. Andrews previously and the course, with its flat terrain, firm fairways and limited rough, gives him a better chance to contend.

But all the course knowledge and friendly weather they're expecting this week isn't enough to make this Tiger-fan bet on him to win outright. Instead, I'm picking a Top 20 finish, which I explain why in the video below.

We'll see if Tiger can make the weekend and then put some fear into sportsbooks in the desert. But for now, at least one of them doesn't sound too concerned.