Tiger Woods Update and His Odds on Winning Golf's Major Tournaments

Tiger Woods Update and His Odds on Winning Golf's Major Tournaments
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Tiger Woods announced he would attend this year’s Masters. But whether Woods tees it up as a competitor remains to be seen.

Woods spoke with CBS analysts Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo during the third round of the Genesis Open to provide an update on his status. Woods confirmed he would be at the Masters’ annual Champions Dinner on Tuesday before the event starts.

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But when asked by Nantz if Woods is any closer to a return, Woods wasn’t ready to put a timeline on his return to professional golf, much to the chagrin of those interested in golf betting.

“You will see me on the PGA Tour,” Woods said. “I just don’t know when, and trust me, I’d love to tell you that I’ll be playing next week. But I don’t know when, which is frustrating in that sense because I’ve been down this road before with my back when I didn’t know when I was going to come back.”

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Discussion around Woods making a comeback for the Masters gained momentum when he played with his son Charlie at the two-day PNC Championship in December. The PNC tournament was easier on his body with carts available to Woods and the other players. But Woods noted walking 72 holes of competitive golf would still be too difficult for him right now.

“It's hard because it's hard to not have goals out there,” Woods said. “Like I want to play this event so I can set myself up for that mentally and physically and emotionally… but I don't have any of those dates in my head. I don't know yet.”

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The next major would be the PGA Championship at Southern Hills from May 19-22, then the U.S. Open at the Country Club in Brookline from June 16-19.

If Woods doesn’t return for either of those, the Open Championship at St. Andrews on July 14-17 seems like the next most likely tournament for Woods to compete in. Woods has won the Open at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005 and calls it one of his favorite courses in the world.

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“I can hit balls. The hardest part is actually walking, and so, that’s going to take some time,” Woods said. “I'm going to have to put in the time and effort at home and do all the beach walks and walk golf courses because it is very easy at Medalist to just hop in the cart and whip around and play a quick 18 or 36, but it's a little different deal than being out here with these guys and walking up and down the hills.”

Woods Odds Remain Steady

Even with the latest update, Woods’ odds for the majors have remained steady at sportsbooks. Woods is still +4200 to win the Masters at FanDuel Sportsbook and +4000 at DraftKings to win the PGA Championship.

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DraftKings Sportsbook also has Woods at +5000 to win the U.S. Open, and he is also +5000 to win the British Open at FanDuel.

Be sure to check your sportsbook’s rules to see if backing Woods is automatic action or will require him to tee off. Some books will void a future if the golfer doesn’t compete.

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