Tiger Woods Now The Favorite To Win The Masters

Posted: Mar 28 2018, 3:27pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

 
Tiger Woods Now the Favorite to Win the Masters
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Can Tiger really be expected to win the big one, even though he hasn't won a thing since 2013? Oddsmakers say yes.

World-class athletes tend to burn brightly for a short time and then disappear into our collective memory. The challenge of simultaneously remaining healthy, avoiding negative press and competing with new young talent is what separates the good from the greatest of all time.

After setting professional golf on fire in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, Tiger Woods has dealt with all of these challenges. Now 42, Woods is favored to win the forthcoming Master's tournament at Augusta National in just his second bid for the green jacket since 2013.

Long Odds for Tiger?

The line on Tiger winning is 9-1. A cadre of young talent rounds out the frontrunners, with Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy each sitting at 10-1 and Jordan Spieth rated 12-1. Fan-favorite Bubba Watson is chasing the pack, currently ranked at 16-1, which doesn’t seem to concern him.

Unlike Watson, whose odds have dropped following a win at the Genesis Open, Tiger hasn’t won a major tournament since 2013. That was the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

Since then, personal troubles and a battle with back problems have knocked the former champion out of contention. However, it looks as though the tide could be turning for Tiger, who finished T-2 and T-5, respectively, in his last two appearances at the Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

On the Road to Recovery

What's the secret to Tiger's comeback? It's well-known that the four-time Master’s winner is unafraid to rework his swing. There was a time much earlier in his career when the decision to work with a coach appeared to be his downfall. Tiger came back better than ever.

This time around, many are pointing to a 2017 spine fusion surgery that seems to have alleviated some of Tiger’s ongoing back issues. And fixing those back issues can help with a golf swing. With Watson having hit a high point and Tiger on the up-and-coming, the 84th Master's tournament will give golf fans young and old the chance to pick sides. Age and wisdom or youth and guile? Place your bets wisely.

Driving Up the Price of Admission

Augusta National isn’t a place that’s too worried about paying the greens keepers, but there’s no denying that with Tiger on the ticket, the price to be a spectator at this year’s tournament has increased. It’s an effect the aging prodigy has always had — even in his down years.

Perhaps it’s something about Woods’ explosive style, his Hollywood-style affairs with the media or the prospect of seeing one of the all-time greats before he fades away for good. Whatever it might be, the event — which is already exclusive, with single-day tickets going for more than $3,500 — continues to see prices increase. The current rate is a 77 percent increase compared to 2017’s event.

As the saying goes, when Tiger plays, people pay. But will they be getting their money’s worth this time around or will the new crop of young talent deny Woods a fifth green jacket? We’ll know soon enough.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
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