Tiger Woods’ latest comeback to competitive golf seems imminent after a flurry of shared swing videos and confirmation from his manager that he’s been cleared to “resume full golf activity with no restrictions”. But while we’re still speculating on when and where the 14-time Major champ will return, you can already bet on how he’ll fare once he’s back inside the ropes playing.
Woods has held steady at 100-to-1 odds to win the Masters. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Tiger Woods bets. Here’s a bigger sampling of ‘prop bets’ to surface this week, where you can bet on whether Woods will:
— Have a top-10 (including ties) at a Major: 11/8
— Have a top-5 (including ties) at a Major: 9/2
— Win a US PGA Tour event in 2017-’18: 8/1
— Win a Major in 2018: 25/1
— Make the cut in all four Majors in 2018: 16/1
— Play in the 2018 Ryder Cup: 16/1
— Win his first US Tour event of 2017-’18: 50/1
— Win two or more US Tour events in 2017-’18: 50/1
Obviously, the days of Woods being a straight-up bet against the field are long gone. The last of Woods’ 79 career US PGA Tour titles came at the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The last of his 14 Majors came at the 2008 US Open.
Woods, who will turn 42 on December 30, underwent a fourth back surgery in April. He has played just seven competitive rounds (four of those coming at last year’s Hero World Challenge) in the past two years. In other words, punters beware.
But if we had to make one bet, we’d roll with the Ryder Cup bet. Even if Woods, an assistant captain at the 2016 Ryder Cup and 2017 Presidents Cup, is slow to come back, he probably wouldn’t have to show that much to earn a captain’s pick for France next year from his mate Jim Furyk. However, that assumes Woods is still feeling good a year from now and that he doesn’t have any more health setbacks. Based on recent history, that’s a risky proposition in its own right.