Tiger Woods’ odds for April’s Masters tournament have tumbled after he made an impressive return to action at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. The former world number one’s previous attempt to return from a serious back injury came to grief when he was forced to withdraw from the Dubai Desert Classic in February, but he has since undergone more drastic surgery, described as a ‘last resort’ bid to get his ailing career back on track.
He is at last able to play free from the pain that has dogged him for several years and that has enabled him to play his natural game, rather than adjust his swing to try and lessen the pain. In the Bahamas he was striking the ball beautifully and for a while he looked as though he could be in contention for a dramatic comeback win, before his bid was derailed by a third round of 75 on Saturday. A closing round of 68 meant he ended on another positive note, albeit 10 shots behind eventual champion Rickie Fowler. From 80/1 a week ago with William Hill, Woods is now a best price of 28/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral to win at Augusta, where he has previously donned the Green Jacket four times.
|All odds quoted are subject to change|