Woods the odds-on favorite at Farmers Insurance Open

Tiger Woods during the 2013 Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.

Tiger Woods during the 2013 Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.

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2 Jonas Blixt $792,000 270 -5
2 Jordan Spieth $792,000 270 -5
4 Miguel Angel Jimenez $432,000 0 -4
5 Rickie Fowler $342,000 115 -2
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Las Vegas had one of its biggest weeks of the year last week with both the NFC and AFC championship games. So you would think a little lull would befall the gambling capital of the United States this week before kicking right back up in time for the Super Bowl. But you would be wrong.

Tiger Woods is teeing it up for the first time in the 2014 season and like with most things Tiger, it brings out more than the ravenous fan. The casual fan jumps into the fray, as well, even in Vegas where Tiger weeks usually double the action in sports books versus a normal week, according to Jeff Sherman.

A 20-year veteran, Sherman has been setting the odds for the LVH hotel and publishes his odds on the website golfodds.com. That site has Woods installed as the favorite at 5-to-2 to win this week's Farmers Insurance Open, a tournament he has won seven times and finished outside the top 10 just once in 13 appearances.

“He's the one guy that we'll get large wagers from people, $1,000, $2,000 on him to win,” Sherman said. “While other guys you might see a couple hundred on a guy, but nothing like Tiger.”

Another player who, according to Sherman, has quickly become a bettor’s favorite is 20-year-old Jordan Spieth. With his meteoric rise up both the world rankings and the PGA Tour money list, Spieth has not only captured the attention of the golf fans and media, but the punters, as well.

Spieth opened at 80-to-1 late last year to win the Masters and has dropped to 30-1 on the basis of the betting interest.

“It's going to be tough for him to win, but he's one of the public's more fascinated golfers,” Sherman said. “They're in love with betting him every week now. When he was 15-to-1 last week at the Sony Open, he had more tickets than just about anybody last week with those short odds.”

So Woods, Spieth (30-to-1) and Phil Mickelson (12-to-1), always a fan/Vegas favorite, will be teeing it up in San Diego. Not a bad off-week for the Vegas sports books.

Here is the list of odds to win:

  • Tiger Woods . . . 5-2
  • Phil Mickelson . . . 12-1
  • Brandt Snedeker . . . 20-1
  • Bill Haas . . . 25-1
  • Jason Day . . . 25-1
  • Keegan Bradley . . . 25-1
  • Jordan Spieth . . . 30-1
  • Jimmy Walker . . . 30-1
  • Hunter Mahan . . . 30-1
  • Bubba Watson . . . 30-1
  • Nick Watney . . . 30-1
  • Lee Westwood . . . 40-1
  • Ian Poulter . . . 40-1
  • Rickie Fowler . . . 40-1
  • Billy Horschel . . . 40-1
  • Graham DeLaet . . . 40-1
  • Marc Leishman . . . 40-1
  • Charles Howell Iii . . . 50-1
  • Gary Woodland . . . 50-1
  • Charley Hoffman . . . 50-1
  • Hideki Matsuyama . . . 60-1
  • Patrick Reed . . . 60-1
  • Brian Stuard . . . 60-1
  • Brendon De Jonge . . . 80-1
  • Luke Guthrie . . . 80-1
  • Matt Jones . . . 80-1
  • K.J. Choi . . . 80-1
  • Justin Leonard . . . 80-1
  • Brendon Todd . . . 80-1
  • Robert Garrigus . . . 80-1
  • Ben Crane . . . 80-1
  • Victor Dubuisson . . . 80-1
  • Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano . . . 100-1
  • Martin Laird . . . 100-1
  • Jeff Overton . . . 100-1
  • Pat Perez . . . 100-1
  • John Peterson . . . 100-1
  • Nicolas Colsaerts . . . 125-1
  • Ryo Ishikawa . . . 125-1
  • Jonas Blixt . . . 125-1
  • Roberto Castro . . . 125-1
  • Vijay Singh . . . 125-1
  • John Huh . . . 125-1
  • Freddie Jacobson . . . 125-1
  • Kevin Chappell . . . 125-1
  • Rory Sabbatini . . . 150-1
  • Seung-Yul Noh . . . 150-1
  • Hideto Tanihara . . . 150-1
  • Michael Kim . . . . . . 200-1
  • Field (all others) . . . 9-2
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