Five-time champion is 50/1 longshot

Tiger Woods’ decision to return to competitive golf — a Masters appearance 14 months after his harrowing car crash — stirred bettors to support a longshot sixth title for the golfing great.

Tipico Sportsbook established Woods, 46, as a 50/1 selection to win the tournament — a position behind more than 20 others.

Other shops posted far less hopeful figures.

While FanDuel Sportsbook also set Woods’ odds of winning the Masters at 50/1, the Las Vegas SuperBook listed him at 60/1.

The Masters favorite at Tipico is Jon Rahm (+1000), followed by the formidable field of Justin Thomas (+1300), Cameron Smith and Scottie Scheffler (+1500).

The group gets crowded with Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Brooks Koepka, Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa and Rory McIlroy all listed at 20/1.

After announcing his return, Woods was asked if he believed he could win a sixth green jacket, responding, “I do.”

“I can hit it just fine,” Woods said. “I don’t have any qualms about what I can do physically from a golf standpoint. Walking is the hard part. This is normally not an easy walk to begin with. Now, given the conditions that my leg is in, it gets even more difficult.

“Seventy-two holes is a long road.”

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Tipico lists Woods at 10/1 to finish in the top five, +450 to post a top-10 finish. He’s +170 to finish in the top 20.

“Even though he hasn’t played in more than a year, he’s nearly tied with Hideki Matsuyama (40/1),” Sunny Gupta spokesperson Tipico said. “Given what he’s come back from, his odds should be higher. But he’s going to be the popular player. So, we’re hedging because of all the action he’s getting, and because it’s Tiger Woods.

“If Tiger Woods is 100% at the Masters, he has as good a chance to win as anyone because it’s Tiger Woods at the Masters.”

Woods has won majors in pain before, and his most recent major triumph was at Augusta National Golf Course in 2019 — his 15th such win.

“I feel like if I can still compete at the highest level, I’m going to,” Woods told reporters Tuesday. “I don’t show up to an event unless I think I can win it. So that’s the attitude I’ve had. There will be a day when it won’t happen, and I’ll know when that is, but physically the challenge this week is. I don’t have to worry about the ball-striking or the game of golf, it’s actually just the hills out here.

“That’s going to be the challenge, and it’s going to be a challenge of a major marathon.”

Knowing his popularity and ability to drive betting traffic, Tipico and other sportsbooks were quick to post accompanying odds for Woods.

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