Woods made his return to golf after almost five months away and he finished tied for fourth at the Masters as the Internet betting favorite. It was not known when Tiger would be back but he announced on Thursday that he would play at Quail Hollow.
Online betting almost always favors Tiger when he is in a tournament. The Quail Hollow Championship should be extremely popular now, especially since Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Lee Westwood are also expected to be in the field. The tournament begins on Thursday, April 29th and online betting golf odds and matchups will be available a few days before the tournament begins.
In the past, Tiger has sometimes waited until the last minute to make his tournament plans known. That is not the case this time. "It's going to be a huge benefit for the people who have been waiting to buy tickets," tournament director Kym Hougham said. "Ironically, our Saturday daily tickets sold out yesterday. Friday and Sunday are not far behind, so this will probably put us over the top, which we're excited about. The economy has made people change their buying habits and people are waiting longer."
Woods has had some success at the Quail Hollow Championship. He has played in the tournament four times. He won the tournament in 2007 and last year he finished fourth as the favorite in online betting, two shots behind winner, Sean O’Hair. He finished tied for third in 2003 as online betting statistics indicated and tied for 11th in 2005. "We are very happy to have Tiger coming back," Hougham said, "Although we did not know if he was going to be able to make it this year, we have been preparing for another strong field and we are glad he will be a part of the Quail Hollow Championship again this year."
There are other big names in the Internet betting golf field at Quail Hollow including Rory McIlroy. He missed the cut at the Masters and really wants to atone for that poor effort. "I will put in some good work in the next couple of weeks and should be in the right frame of mind go to America and improve on my performances."