Tiger Woods falls to 56th in the World….. How long before he exits the top 100?
Tiger Woods has been, still is, and will be in the future, the biggest needle mover in golf! But how long before people tire of him and move on to the exciting young guns like McIlroy, Koepka, Day, Lee, Katayama, and Spieth? I miss Tiger playing the great golf we have come to expect from him, and people like me still hang on to the hope of a resurgence. But the realist in me understands that time waits for no one and maybe, just maybe, the Tiger/Phil/Ernie era is over. The great thing is that there are people standing in the wings who are more than willing and able to take that mantle and show the world just how great they are. And I, for one, cannot wait for the 2015 season to unfold. The Masters is just around the corner and the world will be glued to their TV’s. Alex Miceli of golfweek.com gives his perspective on Tiger Woods falling to 50 to 1 odds for the Masters.
SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods’ chances of winning a fifth green jacket and his 15th major title in April seems merely a pipe dream – at least in Las Vegas. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has put the former World No. 1 at 50-1 odds to win the Masters this spring.Source : In the past two weeks, Woods has dropped from 12-1 to 20-1 and now to 50-1 odds to win the Masters. Woods withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open on his 12th hole in the first round, citing tightness in his back. A week earlier, he missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open after shooting a second-round 82, his highest 18-hole score as a professional. Now Woods is back home in Florida contemplating his next start, which likely would be at the Honda Classic if he is healthy. “It’s frustrating that it started shutting down like that,” Woods said of his back and upper-leg discomfort after the WD. “I was ready to go. I had a good warm-up session the first time around. Then we stood out here and I got cold, and everything started deactivating again. And it’s frustrating that I just can’t stay activated. That’s just kind of the way it is.” While Woods’ stock has fallen in Las Vegas, Rory McIlroy is still the odds-on favorite (4-1) to complete the career Grand Slam at the Masters. After his victory at the Farmers Insurance Open, Jason Day has moved to 15-1 odds with defending champion Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth and fellow Australian Adam Scott. When the updated Official World Golf Rankings are released Monday, Day will likely move from eighth to fourth and bump compatriot Adam Scott. That will leave McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Watson in the first three spots. As for Woods, he will continue to fall from his current rank of No. 56 and is likely to end up outside the top 60. That will be his lowest position in the rankings since the end of 1996 when he began his PGA Tour career.Alex Miceli golfweek.com