Masters Golf Preview: Bets to Make on Tiger Woods

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Masters Golf Preview: Bets to Make on Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods can still make all the golf shots necessary to contend at Augusta National.

That's according to him and his competitors. But it’s the walking around and strains he puts on his leg and ankle that have him contemplating his future at the Masters.

"I don't know how many more I have in me," Woods said of playing at the Masters. "I know more guys on the Champions Tour than I do the regular tour." 

Woods is preparing to play in his 25th Masters and admits his game is in a better place than it was a year ago. He’s already played in a tournament this year, taking part in the Genesis Invitational in February. Woods has been preparing for the Masters by re-creating chip shots at his home in his backyard and playing at Medalist and hitting balls off the side of lies.  

“I’m trying to simulate shots and rehearsing, again and again, each and every flag location, each and every shot I would possibly hit,” he said.  

Still, navigating a golf course for four rounds on his leg has continued to be the biggest obstacle for him to overcome. Last year Woods was limping around on Sunday, visibly struggling to get through the final round.  

“It has been tough and always will be tough,” Woods said. “The ability and endurance of what my leg will do going forward will never be the same. I understand that. That’s why I can’t prepare and play as many tournaments as I like, but that’s my future, and that’s OK. I’m OK with that.” 

Tiger Woods Odds to Win the Masters 

Given Woods’ health, he is a longshot to winning his sixth green jacket. His longest odds are at DraftKings, which has him at +9000. 

PointsBet and Caesars have the next highest odds for Woods at +8000.  

Despite questions about his health, Woods’ goals at any tournament remain the same.  

“The overall desire to win has always been there,” he said. “And I’ve always worked at it and believed in what I could do.” 


Best Bet on Woods 

It’s a lot to expect an ailing Woods to compete for a Masters win, but there are still worthy bets to make on him this week.  

One way to back Woods is for him to make the cut at –165 on DraftKings. 

Woods has made the cut in his last 22 starts at Augusta National, including last year, when it was his first competitive tournament in 17 months. The health concerns are less here than an outright bet to win or a finishing position since he has to get through 36 holes. 

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