Tiger Woods has not contested a Major Championship since 2015 and has not won a Major Championship since victory in the 2008 U.S. Open. But after just one full four-round tournament in a year bookmakers have Woods at 20/1 to capture the 2018 Masters at Augusta National.
PaddyPower.com has triple Major winning Jordan Spieth as the favourite at 6/1 to win the first Major of the New Year with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and four-time Major winning Rory McIlroy equal 8/1 contenders to be fitted for what would be a first Augusta National members green jacket.
Johnson went into this year’s Masters a red-hot favourite but that was before he took a tumble down the staircase of his Masters rented house. While McIlroy will drive down Magnolia Lane next April in what will be ‘Take Four’ in his quest to join five other players to have won all four Major Championship titles.
Woods odds dropped dramatically on the back of his stunning return to competition at last week’s Hero World Challenge where he shared ninth place in the elite 18-player field.
The new World No. 668th ranked Woods impressed even his most fiercest critics, headed by the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee, with his golf over the four days on the very tricky, very windy Albany course in the Bahamas.
Four months ago, Woods was ranked 100/1 for Augusta while he dipped to as low as 15/1 last week while contesting at the Hero World Challenge.
The 2018 Masters will commence on Thursday 5th April, 2018 and here are Paddy Power’s current odds on the world’s best.
6/1: Jordan Spieth
8/1: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy
12/1: Jason Day
14/1: Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm
16/1: Rickie Fowler
18/1: Hideki Matsuyama
20/1: Tiger Woods, Justin Rose
25/1: Sergio Garcia
28/1: Adam Scott
33/1: Brooks Koepka, Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson,
35/1: Thomas Pieters, Phil Mickelson
40/1: Charl Schwartzel
50/1: Louis Oosthuizen, Shane Lowry, Bubba Watson.
66/1: Xander Schauffele, Tyrrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Daniel Berger