|Sportsbook.com has listed Tiger Woods as the favourite to win his third PGA Championship with odds at 2-1. Woods, winner of the 2005 Masters and British Open, two of the season’s first three majors, is seeking his first PGA Championship victory in five years after winning back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000.|
Canada’s top golfers, Mike Weir and Steven Ames are well back of the leaders according to betting sentiment. Weir, the 2003 Masters Champion is listed at 75-1 while Calgary’s Ames is only a 125-1 favourite. Defending champion Vijay Singh is also seeking a third PGA Championship and appears to be Woods’ toughest competition. Singh is a 13-2 favourite heading to the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield. The usual suspects top the list of bettors’ favourites with Phil Mickelson (12-1), Retief Goosen (15-1) and Sergio Garcia (18-1) all looking for their first PGA Championship title.
“Mike Weir has struggled this year but he’s proven he has the physical and mental capacity to win a Major tournament,” says Peter Childs, Odds Maker, Sportsbook.com. “He’s not one of the favourites coming in but sometimes it takes the pressure of a Major to break a great player out of his slump. At 75-1 it would certainly be a great payout.”
As with the US Open and British Open, Sportsbook.com will continue to offer real-time betting for fans throughout the four rounds of the tournament. Real-time betting has been met with tremendous excitement from bettors as it offers them the chance to alter their wagers or make new wagers as the tournament progresses, meaning that they can choose to stay in the action even if their original pick is out of the running.
Other notables in the field include 2001 Champion David Toms (30-1), 1997 winner Davis Love III (30-1) and fan favourite John Daly (100-1), winner in 1991. Chris DiMarco, who lost to Singh in a playoff at last year’s PGA Championship and again in a playoff to Tiger Woods at this year’s Masters, is looking to finally break through for his first Major. He’s listed at 40-1.
The PGA Championship will be played at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey from August 11-14, 2005. It is the first time the tournament has been staged at Baltusrol.
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