The week began with folks tracking the flight of what was believed to be Tiger Woods’ plane from Florida to Georgia. Since then, Woods has said he’ll tee it up at the 2022 Masters, hoping to complete a remarkable comeback from a horrifying car crash that left Woods’ right leg badly injured.
The fact that he’s even able to play competitively 13 months after that crash is incredible, and he’s become a popular pick to contend this week at Augusta. Below, we break down Tiger Woods’ 2022 Masters odds and prop bets and make our PGA Tour picks and predictions.
Woods isn’t fully healthy, even saying that scaling the hills of Augusta National will be a challenge. That’s the hard part for him: Walking 72 holes. However, when asked if he believes he can win this week, he replied very simply: “I do.”
He hasn’t logged an official round since the 2020 Masters that November, so he has some rust to knock off. But anyone who’s doubted Woods before has learned never to do so again.
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Tiger Woods’ Masters odds and picks
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To win (+5000)
At +5000, Woods is tied for the 19th-best odds to slip on his 6th green jacket Sunday. Anyone else who hasn’t played a competitive round in a year and a half wouldn’t have those short of odds, but this is Tiger Woods.
While it’s fun to picture him winning his 6th Masters and his 2nd in the last 4 years, we also have to be realistic about our expectations for the likely Hall of Famer. Fatigue could set in and/or rust could show up.
I’m not fading Woods, and I’ll sprinkle a little bit on him to win outright for the sake of having a rooting interest Sunday.
Top-5 finish (+900)
Aside from his win in 2019, Woods’ last top-5 showing at the Masters was in 2013. His track record at Augusta is undeniable. He placed T6 eight times during a 9-year stretch between 2005-13, always finding himself in contention. But this week, I’d rather go all-in by betting him to win outright or playing it a little safer to finish top 20.
Top-10 finish (+400)
A top-10 finish comes with decent value at +400. But when Woods finishes in the top 10 at the Masters, he’s typically inside the top 5, too, or wins outright. Of his 14 top-10 finishes as the Masters, he was in the top 5 12 times. For that reason, I’d rather take him to finish top 5 instead of top 10.
Top-20 finish (+150)
I actually like Woods’ odds to finish in the top 20. Yes, the field is loaded, but even in recent years, Woods has remained competitive and in contention. Plus, with the cut only being 50 players, as long as he gets to the weekend, he’ll have a good chance to finish in the top 20.
More Tiger Woods’ odds and predictions
Will Tiger Woods make the cut? Yes -110 | No -125
Yes. Woods can play Augusta with his eyes closed and hasn’t missed the cut at the Masters since – wait for it – 1996! Obviously, he’s playing this week under different circumstances, but still. I think he’ll be playing the weekend because he only has to be better than 41 other players.
Top former winner group (+900)
This is a pretty big group and a talented one, too. But Woods won’t have to contend with most of the top players in the field – guys like Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay and Brooks Koepka.
Dustin Johnson (+240) is the favorite among the former winners, followed by Jordan Spieth (+280), Adam Scott (+650) and 2021 winner Hideki Matsuyama (+700). Woods is tied with Sergio Garcia and Patrick Reed for the fifth-best odds in this group and it’s a good way to bet him to have a good week without competing against the odds-on favorites.
Top American finisher (+3000)
This group excludes some of the top players at the Masters. Rahm, Cameron Smith, McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Matsuyama and Louis Oosthuizen all have better odds to win than Woods, but by his odds shorten a bit when taking him to be the top American. There’s too much American talent for me to take this bet, though.
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Tiger Woods’ Masters first-round odds
- Leader +5000 (bet $100 to win $5,000)
- Top American +3000 (bet $100 to win $,3000)
- Top 5 +1000 (bet $100 to win $1,000)
- Top 10 +500 (bet $100 to win $500)
- Top 20 +200 (bet $100 to win $200)
I’m hesitant to bet any of Woods’ Round 1 lines. We just don’t know what his game is going to look like, nor do we know how he’ll fare walking around Augusta with all of its elevation changes.
Then again, if you take him to be top 20 after the first round, all it takes is a solid 18 holes for that wager to cash at winning ticket, not a full 72 holes.
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