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Improving Tiger Woods key to US Presidents Cup chances

| 16.11.2011

Tiger Woods’ third-place finish in the Australian Open in the past week was his finest performance in some time, and teammates such as Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Nick Watney, who will all be making their first Presidents Cup appearances, will look to the experienced Woods to lead by example in his seventh appearance at the tournament.

The US team are priced at 1/1 in the golf odds to win in Melbourne, and with with the likes of Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson and Woods himself in the ranks, it would be difficult to bet against a team stuffed with such insatiable pedigree.

The international side, also available at 1/1 to be victorious, boast 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel within their team, along with the evergreen Ernie Els and the talents of Aussie duo Jason Day and Adam Scott, which makes it easy to see why the odds don’t differentiate between two sides packed with such obvious quality.

The draw is priced at 10/1, but with Woods looking to be heading back to his majestic best, he truly could make the difference in Australia.

The second most successful golfer of all time with 14 Major tournament wins, Woods looks as though he is finally recovering to a point where he can deal with the added pressure his off-course dalliances have led to with consummate ease, and the chase he went on in the Australian Open was proof of this.

Although falling just short of achieving victory, his five-under par charge on the final round of play was the encouragement that Woods fans and golf punters alike have been pining for.

With Woods not quite fully back to his best as of yet, it could prove wise to take advantage of the US odds to win the President’s Cup at this stage, as the odds look certain to shorten in future.



John Klee