Tiger Woods The Talk Of The 2022 Masters, But One Of These Other 5 Guys Wins
Have ya heard? Tiger might be on the loose at this year’s Masters after all. Sounds like he’s set to tee off Thursday. Despite many people, including doctors who thought, following Woods’ devastating car crash in February 2021, he’d never golf again.
Three years ago, Woods proved almost every pundit wrong – he started the tournament as a 14-1 underdog – by winning The Masters to earn his 15th major championship and fifth green jacket.
The roars will be back at Augusta as soon as Tiger tees off Thursday and the mighty buzz will begin again. Bettors who fret they should have sprinkled a little money on Woods to win the whole shebang will be watching anxiously.
This isn’t 2019.
And Woods won’t be adding any fresh championship attire to his wardrobe following Sunday’s final round. He may not even be in Georgia by then, but it will be on his mind.
Anyhow, Tiger is currently (April 5, 3 p.m. PT) listed as low as +4000 (40/1) at DraftKings, one of our favorite sports betting sites here at OddsSeeker, and as high as +6000 (60/1) at PointsBet, another excellent site.
In fact, at PointsBet, according to Darren Rovell, the odds of Woods winning have moved from 80/1 to 70/1 to 60/1 and, as of now, there are “triple the number of bets on Tiger to win than any other golfer (15.5% of the bets).”
Wow. That’s insane. Or is it?
Look, I’d love nothing more for Tiger to be on the prowl again and stalking unsuspecting prey, with his competition thinking – “He can’t keep this up. No way.” – but Woods is 46, with a battered body and someone who players won’t be fearing (much) this time around. He’s the bionic man of golf, that’s for certain, but the expectations should be much, much lower than in 2019. I believe bettors are throwing money away by thinking Tiger will beat this incredibly deep field of young bucks.
If you believe Eldrick will be around for the weekend, then put some money down on:
To make the cut (-115). On the other hand, If you have your doubts, as I do, you choose:
To miss the cut (-105). Simple as that. Almost even money on each.
However you gamble on the 86th version of golf’s greatest tournament, remember to use OddsSeeker’s services, including our guide to the best sports betting apps so you can keep an eye on your bets, as well as the leaderboard, wherever you are. Best of luck with whatever you decide to do with Woods.
But, again, he’s not winning.
OK, moving on, here are the five players that I do like the most to ascend to the top of the Augusta National leaderboard and take home golf’s grandest trophy. Current odds courtesy of BetMGM.
Scottie Scheffler (+1600)
You can’t exclude the No. 1-ranked player in the world, you just can’t. Not when the 25-year-old has won three of his last five PGA Tour starts. That’s en fuego, folks. Some are comparing his fast start (quickest to No. 1 following his first victory, just six weeks) to Tiger’s. Others think his amazing run won’t continue at Augusta, that his rise has occurred too fast, too soon. Don’t believe them; he’ll be in the hunt.
Cameron Smith (+1400)
The fearless 28-year-old Aussie always looks loose even though The Man with the Golden Mullet handles pressure-packed situations with 007-esque precision. Smith has won two of the four tournaments he’s played in this year, including a sensational victory at TPC Sawgrass three weeks ago and in January he set a new PGA Tour 72-hole record of 34 under par (!) on the Kapalua, Hawaii Plantation Course to begin his lava-start to 2022. He has the best short game in the field, a huge factor at Augusta, which is why the world’s No. 6 player has shorter odds than Scheffler and why he’s my pick to win it. Unless it’s …
Patrick Cantlay (+2000)
Cantlay’s a tough one to call. At 30, he’s no spring chicken (hard to believe I wrote that and that’s the oldest player I’m picking but it is a young man’s game). I kid, Cantlay, because he’s solid all-around and an excellent putter. But after finishing 2021 with a flourish by winning the BMW Championship and holding off this year’s slight Masters favorite, John Rahm (+1100), at the Tour Championship to win the FedEx Cup, Cantlay has cooled off in 2022 – yet he still has four top-10 finishes. Cantlay is small (5-foot-10, 160 pounds) but is always up for the biggest moments and plays big. Slow and steady this year at The Masters might be the secret.
Victor Hovland (+2000)
Couldn’t decide whether to go with Hovland or Xander Schauffele. Now at this point, you’re probably cursing/sputtering, “What, wait… where the hell is … no top-ranked favorites? No Rahm, JT, DJ, Rory or Koepka, Moriakawa or Spieth?
Sigh. I know. Does seem like one of those random years, though. But the truth is there are at least 25-30 players who could go green jacket by sundown Sunday night. Hovland is the ultimate ball-striker – statistically, that means a player's total driving and greens in regulation figures; accuracy, baby. And you absolutely need that at Augusta. As a ball-striker, Hovland is among the best that doesn’t include the cast of "Jackass: Forever."
Sam Burns (+4000)
Here’s the true wild card of the tourney. The only reason the confident 25-year-old LSU grad has such long-shot odds is that this is his first Masters appearance (gulp). Yeah, I realize that nobody has ever won as a true newbie at Augusta since Fuzzy Zoeller pulled off the feat in 1979. So it’s been some time. But Burns’ resume is remarkable. He has three victories during the last 11 months, ranks No. 10 in the world and he’s in the top 10-20 in every important statistical category. I don’t think he’s a paper Tiger and think his swagger will serve him well.
Finally, just for fun, here are four more participants at +5000 (50/1) that could truly stun that Augusta gathering. Feather out these four golfers, small wagers, mind you, but all with a chance to claim a Masters victory. So, I present The Masters 4-H club of guys whose surnames end in H. Henley, Horschel, Harman and Hatton. Sounds like a law firm. But unlike some attorneys, I dig all of these dudes to have a good go around Augusta.
- Russell Henley (+6600, 66/1)
- Billy Horschel (+8000, 80/1)
- Brian Harman (+12500, 125/1)
- Tyrrell Hatton (+5000, 50/1)