Bridgestone Golf Odds: McIlroy, Woods Getting Tons of Attention

| by Alex Groberman

A lot of golf analysts may not have much confidence left in Tiger Woods, but that doesn’t mean Las Vegas gamblers have to be equally pessimistic. According to the Las Vegas Hilton’s Race and Sports Book, Woods is apparently garnering a lot of faith from bettors for his upcoming tournament -- the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

Woods comes into the competition with 20-1 odds, good for fifth-best among the field of 77 players. This, of course, comes on the heels of his slow recovery from knee and Achilles tendon injuries, and a total of zero wins since the Australian Masters 21 months ago.

The Las Vegas Hilton notes that Woods was picked on more than 10 percent of tickets, meaning that many fans expect to see him pick up his eighth win at Firestone Country Club.

Meanwhile golf’s other star, Rory McIlroy, comes into the tournament as a 12-1 favorite. Northern Ireland youthful champion won the U.S. Open back in June while Woods was back at home attempting to recover from his many, many injuries.

The sport's No.1 ranked competitor, Luke Donald, is listed at 15-1 for the upcoming contest, as is Steve Stricker.

CBS Sports breaks down everything you need to know heading into the weekend in the video below.