It’s been a while, but Tiger Woods is back playing again at a major.
After an 18-month absence from the PGA Tour, the iconic American golfer is continuing his pursuit at history by playing at The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
Woods, who ranks second all-time with 15 major championship wins and is tied with Sam Snead for most tournaments won (82) in PGA history, will be making his first start at a tournament since the 2020 Masters, where he finished 37th. Woods missed the entire 2021 season been recovering from a car accident in February 2021.
Tiger Woods History at The Masters
Woods has always played at his best in Augusta. It was the site of his first major championship, in 1997 where as a 21-year-old he became the youngest and first non-white winner of the tournament while also setting a record for largest margin of victory that still stands today (12 strokes).
It also was the site of his most recent major tournament, when he won the 2019 event. That was his 15th major championship win and fifth victory at Augusta, which trails only Jack Nicklaus (6) for the most ever. It also was his only major championship win since 2008.
Woods has finished in the top-10 at Augusta in 14 of his 23 starts there and has 11 top-5 finishes in that span.
Still, he hasn’t played a competitive round on tour since November 2020 — the Masters was moved from April to November due to the COVID-19 pandemic — where he finished T38 and completed the tournament with a final-round 76.
Will Tiger Woods Play at the 2022 Masters?
Because he won the tournament, Woods has a lifetime exemption to play at Augusta, and he said he intends to make his return to the PGA Tour by teeing off at the 2022 Masters.
Tiger Woods 2022 Masters Prop Bets
After Woods turned back the clock to shoot an opening-round 71 and finish -1, he’ll be looking to build off that when he tees off at 1:41 p.m. ET on Friday. Here’s a look at some second-round specials to bet on for fans of Tiger.
All bets are courtesy of BetMGM and are active as of 9 a.m. ET on April 8, 2022
Will Tiger Woods Make Five-or-More Birdies (+170)
Woods only hit eight of 14 fairways and scrambled to make three birdies in his first round at Augusta in almost a year and a half. Is it possible he gets in a rhythm and finds some consistency with the driver to set himself up for more birdie opportunities? Maybe.
To Shoot 70 or Lower (+200)
Tiger could’ve shot 70 on Thursday if not for an uncharacteristic bogey on the par-5 eighth hole that was set up by a disappointing approach to the green. This seems more likely than five-or-more birdies
Birdie or Better on Both Par-5s on the Back-Nine (Nos. 13 and 15) (+200)
Woods birdied 13 on Thursday and only an errant tee shot cost him the opportunity to do so on 15 too. If you think he’ll shoot 70-or-better, this bet is well worth it.
To Make an Eagle (+600)
He came within a handful of rolls from birdieing 13, which is the most likely eagle hole outside of a fluky hole-in-one.
Bogey-free Second Round (+1600)
If Woods can find some consistency with his driver, this isn’t off the table. But if pain or fatigue start to set in, given the fact this is his first tournament in a year-and-a-half, it seems like a longshot.
Woods to Lead After Two Rounds (+3300)
Woods was T10 after the first round and four shots off the lead. It’ll take a 65 or better, or an epic collapse from a player or two above him, for him to take over the leaderboard after Friday’s play.
Tiger Woods Odds to Win the 2022 Masters (+3300)
History is very much against this outcome. At 46 years and 3 months, Woods would be the oldest player to win The Masters if he successfully did so — Nicklaus presently holds the record at 46 years, 2 months. So even a healthy and fully “back" Tiger would have the odds stacked against him.
Consider his absence from the tour plus a slew of non-accident related injuries — most notably the five back surgeries he’s had as of January 2021 — and him winning would be the longest of long shots.
Still, after his opening-round 71 that paid out for bettors who took him to finish the first round in the top-20 (+225) and top-10 (+450), anything is possible. It’s worth a sprinkle to root for history at Augusta this year, especially if he can hang within a shot or two of the leaders going into.
Tiger Woods Future on the PGA Tour
As awesome as it’ll be to see Tiger tee it up at Augusta, it sort of feels like this is a farewell lap where he can play each major then ride off into the sunset.
His back injuries, car accident and the COVID-19 pandemic have wreaked havoc on his schedule. Plus, given some of his quotes about the importance of his children seeing him win a major — “I hope that’s something they’ll never forget," Woods said, about his then-11-year-old daughter Sam and then-10-year-old son Charlie, according to the Associated Press after he won — and the unlikelihood of him catching Nicklaus’ major-championship record, it seems that this year could be a chance for Woods to say goodbye to regular PGA Tour play by participating in each major one final time.
Now betting on that to happen would have long odds, given Woods’ ability to defy what is normal in the past. Plus, the GOATs are playing longer than ever these days — Tom Brady will be 45 on August 5 is still going strong. But he will be 47 on December 30 — which coincidentally is the same day basketball superstar LeBron James will turn 38 — and Woods’ body certainly isn’t getting any younger.
My point is if you haven’t seen Tiger live yet, and are dying to see him in person at some point, you’d better take advantage soon.
Will Tiger Woods Play the PGA Championship?
Presuming Woods plays and stays healthy through four rounds at Augusta, there’s no reason why he wouldn’t try to tee up at Southern Hills Championship Course in Tulsa on May 19.
If this year is indeed Woods’ swansong as a regular player in the major championships then the PGA, US Open (in Brookline, Massachusetts) and finally the 150th Open Championship — played at iconic St. Andrews, which is widely considered the birthplace of golf — would be some way to go out for perhaps the greatest to ever play the game.