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2014 Majors are Tiger's to lose

December 24, 2013

For most fans who follow the world of professional golf closely, it's no news that Tiger Woods is, in a sense, back on top. He may not have won a major championship in 2013, but he played some truly wonderful golf, regained his position as world #1, and reestablished himself as a force to be reckoned with in each and every tournament. Once again, we live in a world in which Tiger Woods is the favourite just about every time he steps on a golf course.

Now, Tiger hasn't been quite up to the elite status that many remember from just a few years ago, and he's certainly more vulnerable than he once was, losing occasionally to players he might have beaten simply by intimidation once upon a time. But as mentioned, he tends to remain the best bet to win these days.

But just how much of an edge will Tiger have in the 2014 majors? This is, after all, the way in which his return to prominence will ultimately be measured, so in many ways it's one of the biggest questions entering 2014. As we get closer and closer to The Masters in April, you can keep an eye on Betfair News for the official odds on the competition. And even though the betting odds have not been released yet for the 2014 majors, we're going to go ahead and say Tiger will likely be at the top of the list for each of the four events. Here's a look at why he figures to have an edge in each event.

The Masters
The Masters will be played at the historical Augusta National, where Tiger Woods has won four times. Obviously, he's perfectly comfortable on this course. Also, his having had a strong 2013-Tiger himself has declared that he's heading in the right direction-this seems to be the perfect opportunity for an early statement in 2014.

U.S. Open
Tiger has never actually won at Pinehurst, but it's not as if he's struggled enormously there because he's had multiple top-5 finishes. Still, if he wins The Masters-which, frankly, we'd bet on-there's always a chance he heads into the U.S. Open in fully dominant fashion.

The Open Championship
This event will be at the Royal Liverpool once more, where Tiger won it in 2006. Naturally, this is another comfortable venue for him. And with a few big wins under his belt here, a familiar atmosphere is only going to make him perform better.

The PGA Championship
The major calendar will conclude at Valhalla, where Tiger won this event in 2000. Now, we're not suggesting that Tiger Woods is going to sweep the major calendar, because such a position, at this stage, would be reckless. But it is not too much of a stretch to say that he'll be the favourite in this one, as well as the other three.

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