Tiger Woods is a best price 66/1 in the 2022 Masters odds after confirming his intention to play a little over a year on from nearly losing his right leg in a serious car crash.
It looked a long way back for Tiger Woods after the near fatal crash back in February 2021, but his incredible road to recovery now appears to have a final destination – Augusta National.
He was spotted walking the Medalist Golf Club in Florida last week, which first sparked the social media frenzy suggesting he would be fit enough to play at the Masters 2022.
In response, the bets started to come in for Woods to win the Masters for a record-equalling sixth time, with several bookmakers cutting him from 66/1 into 50/1. A few more practice rounds later, he remains a best price 66/1 with one bookmaker (worst price 35/1) through oddschecker.
Now his participation has been almost 100% confirmed (“as of right now I am going to play"), we can delve a little into the five-time winner and 15-time major champion’s glorious Masters history.
Quite incredibly, he has a scoring average of 70.86 over the last 20 years at Augusta National, winning the event three during the period (his first two wins came in 1997 and 2001), despite a series of career threatening injuries across the last decade.
In fact, the 46-year-old's scoring average over the last 20 years is only bettered by Will Zalatoris (four rounds), Jon Rahm (20 rounds), Jordan Spieth (32 rounds) and Tony Finau (16 rounds).
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By contrast, the better than 1-under par average for Woods since winning again in 2002 spans a total of 64 rounds - he missed the event in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2021.
In fact, since first winning the tournament in 1997, Woods has only finished outside the top 20 on four occasions (T22 in 2004, T40 in 2012, T32 in 2018 and T38 in 2020). He only finished outside the top five in one of seven events between 2005 and 2011.
Can Woods really compete at the Masters 2022? Whether or not he can contend on Sunday - 25 years on from his first Augusta win – remains to be seen, but we can’t wait to see him back out there.