Sportsbook attention is going to be focused on Tiger Woods in a few weeks when golf’s first major of the year, The Masters takes place.
Woods has announced that he will make his return to golf at Augusta. Even though he has not played a tournament in almost five months, he is the favorite at the offshore sportsbook to win The Masters.
Sportsbook odds on golf get a lot more attention when Woods is in a tournament. Golf in general gets a whole lot more attention when Woods is involved so this year’s Masters is going to be huge. Woods is still the #1 ranked golfer in the world and it was expected that he would return soon. Now it is known exactly where that will be. “The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta,” Woods said in a statement. “The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played.”
The odds for The Masters will be on the offshore sportsbook betting board for the tournament that begins on April 8th. It is the first major of the year and Woods is always a contender in major tournaments. He has won The Masters four times although his last victory there was in 2005. Augusta National was thrilled with the decision as was CBS who will be televising the last two rounds.
“We support Tiger’s decision to return to competitive golf beginning at this year’s Masters Tournament. Additionally, we support and encourage his stated commitment to continue the significant work required to rebuild his personal and professional life.” Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National and the tournament, said.
The PGA Tour was also very happy to hear that Tiger is coming back. “We were pleased to learn that Tiger Woods will be playing the Masters in a few weeks,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. “He has invested a lot of time taking steps, both in his personal and professional life, in order to prepare for his return. We all wish him and his family the best as he rejoins the Tour.”
Woods will not have played a competitive tournament in a long while but that hasn’t stopped oddsmakers from making him the favorite in golf odds at the sportsbook.