Tiger Woods heads into the British Open this week eager to claim the prestigious title for the fourth time in his career.
The 43-year-old showed he could still compete at the top level with his victory at the Masters Tournament back in April and he has followed up with a couple of solid performances since then.
The Open is popular with punters as they wager with their local operators, although it’s always advisable to look at information such as the Ladbrokes review before betting on the outcome.
Woods is prominent in the betting to win the tournament, so read on as we assess his chances of success at Royal Portrush.
Light schedule could work in Woods’ favour
Woods has played just three tournaments since winning the Masters, but that could work in his favour at the Open.
He has finished ninth and 21st in his last two outings to highlight that his game remains in decent shape and he will be eager to continue in the same vein this week.
Woods struggled a little during practice rounds at the links course, but it would be no surprise to see him find his form when the tournament gets underway.
The 43-year-old was in contention last year before slipping back to sixth place and it would be a brave move to back against him challenging this time around.
Woods confident the course will suit him
Woods has never previously played at Royal Portrush, but many pundits believe that the conditions will suit his style of play.
The American’s previous open victories came at St Andrews and Royal Liverpool and Woods is confident that his experience on links courses will stand him in good stead.
“It allows the players that don’t hit the ball very far or carry the ball as far to run the golf ball out there,” Woods told BBC Sport. “There is an art to playing links golf.
“The more I’ve played over here and played under different conditions, being able to shape the golf ball both ways and really control trajectory, it allows you to control the ball on the ground.”
Prediction: Woods can be backed at 18/1 to win the Open and with many top bookmakers paying out on the first seven places he looks an exceptional each-way bet.