Tiger Woods Listed as Long Shot to Win PGA Championship

Tiger Woods Listed as Long Shot to Win PGA Championship
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The first sign Tiger Woods will tee it up at Southern Hills in Tulsa for the PGA Championship took place on Monday.

The PGA released the entrants list for the event on Monday afternoon, and Woods’ name was on it.

Woods last played at Augusta National in April for the Masters, finishing 47th after shooting 13-over par. He created some vintage excitement during the first round when he shot a 1-under 71 before fading down the stretch.

It was Woods’ first tournament since the 2020 fall Masters. He suffered a fractured tibia and fibula in his right leg, and it was clear the effects of the injury became more apparent at Augusta. Woods’ limp was more noticeable as he struggled down the stretch.

It still is unclear if Woods plans to play at Southern Hills May 19-22. During a final post-round interview at the Masters, Woods reiterated his intentions never to play a full PGA Tour betting schedule and only committed to The Open at St. Andrews in July.

“I won’t play a full schedule ever again. It’ll be just the big events,” Woods told Sky Sports. “I don’t know if I’ll play Southern Hills or not. But I am looking forward to St. Andrews.

“That’s something that is near and dear to my heart,” he added. “It’s my favorite golf course in the world, so I will be there for that one. But anything in between that I don’t know.”

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Woods' History at Southern Hills

This year marks the 15-year anniversary of Woods’ PGA title at Southern Hills. He edged Woody Austin by two shots to secure his fourth PGA Championship and 13th overall major title.

Austin made a late rally, birding holes 11, 12 and 13. Woods would bogey the par-3 14th, allowing Austin to get within one stroke. But Woods bounced back with a birdie on 15, while Austin would par out the rest of the way to allow Woods to enjoy a two-shot lead coming home.

“I made that putt on there on 15. It felt great,” Woods said. “Felt like I had the momentum again, and I was back in control of the tournament. And if I parred in I felt I would win the tournament. It turned out to be the case.”

Woods trailed by six strokes after the first round but had a record-setting Friday, shooting a 63. Woods’ 63 tied Raymond Floyd’s Southern Hills course record set in 1982 at the PGA Championship. It was also the lowest single-round score at a men’s major.

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Woods’ Odds

Woods is listed at 40/1 at DraftKings Sportsbook to win this year’s PGA Championship.

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