January 27, 2017 - San Diego, Calif, USA - Tiger Woods tees off on the 6th hole during the second day of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines in San Diego, Calif. on Friday, January 27, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) (Credit Image: © Kevin Sullivan/The Orange County Register via ZUMA Wire)

Tiger on the prowl

Bookmakers are running scared of Tiger Woods after scintillating return to action last week.

The former world number one, considered by many the greatest golfer the world has ever seen, has struggled for a couple of years with a series of back problems – but he is now pain free and he made his comeback at the Hero Challenge in the Bahamas, where he finished an excellent ninth – as he went head-to-head again with the world’s best and beat most of them.

Woods’s ninth paced finish in the Hero event has seen Bookmakers slash the prices on him adding to his 14 major titles.

“Tiger began last week as 80/1 for the opening major of 2018 – the Masters – but now he has been cut to 22/1 after a glut of interest was seen in him over the weekend,” explained OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton.

“He has also been cut into 6/1 from over 20/1 to win any major in 2018 – the Bookmakers are taking this comeback serious, but so are the public who are clearly putting their money where their mouths are by backing Tiger.

“There are also a really interesting couple of side markets – he is now into 33/1 to be world number one again, not long ago he was over 100/1 and don’t forget we have the Ryder Cup next year – we thought again he would be their as a non-playing vice captain for skipper Jim Furyk, but he could yet be playing for his country again and he is as short as 11/4 to do that.”

Selected odds on Tiger Woods in 2018:
11/4       To Play in 2018 Ryder Cup
6/1         To win a Major in 2018
22/1       To win 2018 US Masters
33/1       To Get Back to World Number One

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