2011 Golf Odds Preview: Tiger May Not Be Out Of the Cage until April

While it seems like the PGA Golf Odds season has been on hiatus forever, golf fans can rest easy knowing that things get back into full swing in just a few weeks.

And while the top golfers in the world finish up their docket of charity events before the holidays, diehard golf betting fans can start prepping for what should be one of the most unpredictable years we’ve ever seen in the sport.

Unlike every other year for the past decade and more, the 2011 PGA season will kick off with someone other than Tiger Woods as the top ranked player in the world.  And for a sport like golf where everything, including change, is subtle, this is a cataclysmic development.

Woods may still be the best golfer in the world and at the recent Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, CA we saw a glimpse of his renowned skill as he nearly managed a start to finish win at the event.     

But golf odds fans also saw something that was seemingly unthinkable before Woods meltdown in 2010: losing a tournament after leading for 3 rounds heading into Sunday.  Further, he lost the event after leading by 3 strokes heading into the final day.

The golf betting universe has shifted, to be sure, and Woods is the only one who can put things back in place –if he’s still able.

This shakeup has been great for the sport as there’s a new excitement surrounding the tournaments now that Woods is no longer the dominant player he once was.  Of course, he could come out in January, blow away the field and re-establish himself as the most dominant player in the universe and this would probably surprise no one.

January kicks off a full month of action on Tour but unfortunately fans won’t get a chance to glimpse Woods, at least according to his website, until the Masters in April.

Obviously a player like Woods can get an exemption to any event he chooses but if history is any guide he typically plays very little early in the year.  However, he’s never started the year trailing in the World Rankings either and there’s no doubt he’d like to get back to #1 and the only way he can do that is to play.

No one knows quite for sure when Woods will open up the 2011 golf odds action but you can be sure that it will be worth the wait.