The PGA Championship 2010 is approaching this weekend. But those setting PGA Championship 2010 odds are already busy, since the PGA Championship follows an eventful weekend. Before the Bridgestone Invitational, it was clear that Tiger Woods wouldn’t be the betting favorite, or at least wouldn’t be a big one. Yet, after his performance the last few days, he may not be favored to make the cut, much less win the Wannamaker Trophy. As such, the PGA Championship 2010 odds further reflect the low expectations for Tiger.
Heading into the Bridgestone Invitational, Woods came in with 5-1 odds to win the PGA the next week. After finishing in second-to-last place this week, things look quite different. Now Phil Mickelson is the undisputed betting favorite, in spite of his own bad weekend.
According to ESPN, the PGA Championship 2010 odds are now 12-1 in some circles for Woods, making him the fourth betting favorite. Mickelson leads the way at 5-1, with Ernie Els the second favorite, and Rory McIlroy leaping to the third spot at 10-1. That may speak to Woods’ decline that he is a lesser favorite than a 20 year old with no major wins.
Other PGA Championship 2010 odds are more generous, as Woods is the 14-1 second favorite behind Mickelson at Betting Directory. Either way, the days of Woods being the top favorite to win a major are over, if they weren’t already. Nowadays, he is barely favored to finish in the top five.
The next few days heading into the PGA Championship 2010 will be all about Woods’ decline, and how much worse it can get. Of course, if he finally rights the ship and wins his first major in two years, it will be regarded as the greatest comeback story in a long time. However, those who watched the Bridgestone Invitational do not see Woods as a Cinderella now.
Still, that doesn’t guarantee success for the other PGA Championship 2010 favorites. This could have been a dynamite week for Mickelson if he finished in the top 4 and became the new No. 1. But the more opportunities he loses to overtake Woods, the more doubt is placed on his game. Although he appears to be the undisputed favorite, it is still a fragile position.
Even when Woods doesn’t appear to be a threat anymore, he is still capable of dominating the conversation at least. But, unless something big happens at the PGA Championship 2010, it may be all he dominates for a while.
Betting Directory- “Tiger Woods US PGA Championship Odds: Ryder Cup Hopes Look Bleak”
Wall Street Journal- “What To Make Of Tiger’s Latest Meltdown?”