Will Tiger Woods win his sixth green jacket? Punters list golf as a long shot at the 2022 Masters

Tiger Woods’ decision to return to competitive golf – a Masters appearance 14 months after his harrowing car accident – has bettors backing a long-winded sixth title for the golfing great.

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

Other stores posted much less encouraging figures.

While FanDuel Sportsbook also pegged 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 is packed 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, replying, “Yes.”

“I can hit really well,” Woods said. “I have no qualms about what I can do physically from a golf perspective. The walk is the hardest part. It’s normally not an easy walk to start with. Now, given the conditions in which lies my leg, it becomes even more difficult.

“Seventy-two holes is a long way.”

“WALK IS THE HARD PART”: Tiger Woods confident in his golf at the Masters

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Tiger Woods tees off on the seventh hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 4, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia.

Tipico rates Woods at 10/1 to finish in the top five, +450 to post a top 10. He scores +170 to finish in the top 20.

“Even though he hasn’t played in over a year, he’s almost even with Hideki Matsuyama (40/1),” Tipico spokesman Sunny Gupta said. “Given what he’s coming back to, his chances should be higher. But he’s going to be the popular player. So we’re protecting ourselves because of all the action he’s getting, and because he’s Tiger Woods.

“If Tiger Woods is 100% at the Masters, he has as much chance of winning as anyone because it’s Tiger Woods at the Masters.”

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

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

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

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

“We have been hanging on his every word this week. The attention on him is obviously higher than on everyone else,” Gupta said. “I can’t quantify it yet, but we expect a lot more action when he plays.”

At the SuperBook in Las Vegas, a proposal asked, “Will Tiger Woods make the cut?”

“No” is a -140 favorite while “yes” is +120.

At Bally’s Interactive, punter Jay Rood produced a proposition asking if Woods will finish under par at “Amen Corner,” the 11th, 12th and 13th holes. If he does, Woods will reward bettors with a +250 payout.

His odds of Bally’s finishing in the top five are 8/1, while other outlets consider Woods a significant longshot given the severity of his injuries, which he continues to recover from.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tiger Woods returns to Masters: Five-time champion is 50/1 longshot