You can tell the holiday season is upon us when the biggest news of the week (look to your left) concerns someone who hasn’t done anything more than drive a golf cart and hit some balls in more than a year.
Tiger Woods says he will play this week in his charity tournament in the Bahamas, the Hero World Challenge, guaranteed to generate the biggest headlines, the most clicks and the busiest Twitter feeds during a time when very little else (sorry, Australian PGA) is going on in this half of the world.
Let’s face it: Tiger is still so big that he makes news when he’s just thinking about playing. Even the anti-Tiger and Never Tiger movements have to admit that he’s bigger than the ISPS World Cup of Golf, won for the first time by Denmark on Sunday.
The World Cup will never be a significant event until every country’s best players participate. China sent its two best and they finished tied for second. Denmark sent its two best – Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen (sorry, Thomas Bjørn) – and they won. The U.S. sent two of its Ryder Cup players (but not its best) in Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker and they finished in that runner-up tie with China and France.
Proving you can bet on anything, the gambling site Bookmaker.eu has established betting lines on Woods’ performance this week. You can bet on how many birdies he will make in the first round (over/under is 2½) or highest 18-hole score of the week (over/under is 74½). You can even bet whether he will hit the fairway on the first hole.
Now, that would be news.