Odds Maker: Gamble On Tiger Woods’ Comeback With These Prop Bets

Mike Murphy

Just days ago, Tiger Woods received word from his doctors that he is cleared to resume all golf activity. Taking us one baby-step closer to seeing the return of golf’s most dominant player this century.

Woods teased this news with a flush tee shot on Sunday as he sported his signature red and black championship garb.

Vegas has started to release odds and prop bets for Woods’ 2017-18 season. Honestly, it hasn’t even been a week since Woods was cleared to resume golf activity. But since the odds are out there, let’s take a look at what is the best bet to place on Woods for the upcoming season.

Westgate Las Vegas Sportsbook released their first edition of odds to win the 2018 Masters tournament in April. Woods was given 100/1 odds of winning the tournament, which is pretty generous, considering the fact that he hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open – his last professional win was the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

So a mere $10 bet on Woods for the Masters (if he stays at 100/1 odds) will give you a payout of $1,000.

A quick note, here are their top-five best odds to win The Masters:

  1. Jordan Spieth 7/1
  2. Dustin Johnson 9/1
  3. Rory McIlroy 10/1
  4. Jason Day 12/1
  5. Rickie Fowler 15/1

Sky Bet revealed a more extensive list of bets you can place on Woods for the upcoming season. We’ll take a look at the ones you should consider and ones you shouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole. (Note: all of these payouts are based on a $10 investment)

Bets You Should Place

Have a top 5 (including ties) at a major: 9/2

The payout for this bet would be $45. It’s not too far-fetched to think that Woods – if fully healthy – can’t at least come in the top-five of a major. The last time Woods was mostly at full strength was 2013. He finished the Masters T-4 and The Open T-6 that season. Plus with this bet, you will have four different tournaments for Woods to compete in.

Win a PGA Tour event in 2017-18: 8/1

The Payout: $800. This could turn out to be a game-changer if you decide to bet the house on this one. Woods can easily find a PGA Tour event where the competition isn’t too stiff.

Win a major in 2018: 25/1

The Payout: $250. This payout is worth the risk, which is why you should at least give this bet a hard look. It’s going to be very difficult for Woods to win an event, let alone a major in 2018. But making $250 off of a measly $10 investment could pay dividends.

Bets You Should Stay Away From

Have a top 10 (including ties) at a major: 11/8

The Payout: $13.75. The Payout is what makes this bet so unattractive. Finishing top-10 in a major championship is more likely to happen instead of a top-five finish. But do you really want to wager $10 just to make $13.75? Next question, please…

Make the cut in all four majors in 2018: 16/1

The Payout: $160. This bet is way too risky. Sure, the payout might be nice if it hits but you NEED Woods to make the cut in all four majors. The risk highly outweighs the reward.

Play in the 2018 Ryder Cup: 16/1

The Payout: $160. Again, nice payout but no chance Woods gets even a captain’s pick for such a big event like the Ryder Cup. It’s too bad this bet doesn’t read: ‘Be an assistant coach in the 2018 Ryder Cup’.

Win his first PGA Tour event of 2017-18: 50/1

The Payout: $500. Huge payout here but you have to take into account the rust that Woods will have when returning to competitive golf. This bet could have gone either way because the reward would definitely be worth the risk if Woods pulls off a miracle.

Win two or more PGA Tour events in 2017-18: 50/1

Payout: $500. This bet is for those on the greedy side. Just be content with betting on Woods to win an event in 2018.

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