Tiger Woods makes his eagerly-awaited return to competitive golf on Thursday having been out the game for over 470 days. He’ll make his comeback at his own tournament – the Hero World Challenge – where an 18-man field will take to Albany in the Bahamas. Woods, who is now ranked 897th in the world, goes into the week as the tournament outsider at 45/1, however he is as short as 25/1 (10th favourite) in places.
Having recovered from multiple back surgeries causing him to remodel his swing, the 41-year-old postponed his intended comeback in October, citing his game as ‘too vulnerable’. Growing in confidence ahead of this week, Woods has said: “I have way more shots now, because I’ve played more golf. I only had a handful of shots back then. I can hit all the shots now, on call.”
Only time will tell if his comeback is a success, but it’s fair to say the bookmakers are not too sure what to expect. With odds as short as 25/1 available in places, this puts him alongside Russell Knox and Emiliano Grillo, both of which have recorded wins on the PGA Tour in 2016.
Dustin Johnson goes into the tournament as the favourite at 11/2, with Jordan Spieth 13/2 and Hideki Matsuyama at best-price 8/1. As far as Tiger is concerned, anything respectable will be a huge step in the right direction. If you’re a fan of fairy-tales, Woods is currently 14/1 to win a major in 2017. He’s four behind Jack Nicklaus…