Sky Bet explain why they are happy to take on Tiger Woods at the US PGA
By Tim Clement - Twitter: @SkyTimClement. Last Updated: 08/08/13 11:18am
Tiger Woods: Well backed to end his major wait at Oak Hill
Sky Bet report heavy support for Tiger Woods to end his major drought as they take on the world number one this week
Sky Bet outright odds
Tiger Woods 9/2
Phil Mickelson 17/1
Adam Scott 18/1
Henrik Stenson 25/1
Brandt Snedeker 28/1
Justin Rose 28/1
Rory McIlroy 30/1
The online bookmaker have opted to go industry top price at 9/2 in their Price Boost market, as the American looks to land his first major in five years at Oak Hill.
Woods' odds were cut from 11/2 to his current price after warming up with an eighth victory at the Bridgestone Invitational, but Sky Bet Golf Trader Ben Ragg insists they are still willing to take on the 14-time major winner.
"Woods arrives at Oak Hill in fine form but we feel as the wait goes on to claim a 15th major title, the pressure on him is growing," he said.
"We go 9/2 Tiger Woods in our Price Boost market, which as expected has been hugely popular with the punters and will prove a bad result for us come Sunday if we see him lift the Wanamaker Trophy.
"The Swede Henrik Stenson has also been backed off the boards. His price has come in from as long as 66/1 earlier in the season with a string of great finishes in the last month and is now top price 25/1 with us, which still isn't putting the punters off.
"Another player who has been popular with punters is Zach Johnson (50/1 into 40/1). Finding fairways is key this week and the American could just be the answer if remaining in fine form.
"Meanwhile Rory McIlroy is friendless in the market. His recent form is far from inspiring but last year's winner may still tempt some at a big price at 30/1.
"So far this year, the major results have been far from kind to us with all three winners being under 25/1 and popular picks with many people. We wouldn't mind a 250/1 player causing a big upset this week."
The bookmakers will certainly be hoping the course will prove as troublesome for the favourites as the last time it hosted the season's final major, when it threw up a 1,000/1 winner.
Shaun Micheel's triumph here in 2003 represented a solitary win on the PGA Tour, having entered the event ranked 169th in the world.
The golf tipsters are seizing the opportunity to tip up another hefty-priced winner.
Sporting Life Golf Writer Ben Coley said: "The PGA Championship has, more so than the other majors on US soil, provided some real shocks in recent years.
"Micheel's win was preceded by Rich Beem's triumph over Woods, but perhaps most famous is YE Yang's 2009 win which again came at Tiger's expense.
"Even Keegan Bradley's 2011 success was a massive shock at the time and if there is to be a huge-priced winner in a major, this one always looks the most likely to throw it up."