Tiger Woods seems all set at the 2022 Masters Tournament. Whenever he showed up at Augusta National Golf Club, it wasn’t evident whether the 46-year-old planned to play at the occasion, particularly once he tweeted Sunday that he would be a “game-time choice” for Thursday’s initial round.
Yet, things have worked out in a good way for Woods in his groundwork for the Masters, which would be his first competition appearance since he experienced serious wounds in a fender bender in February 2021. He played a training round Monday, held a public interview Tuesday, in which he examined his plan to play in (and win) the 2022 Masters, and afterward he played in Wednesday’s Par 3 Tournament close by his child, Charlie, and Justin Thomas.
Perhaps, all things considered, expectations should be tempered for Woods this year. He’s 46 and trying to become the oldest champion in Masters history. And while he’s had plenty of comebacks over the years, there was a time following his car crash when it seemed he may never return to competition.
Still, it’s hard not to get excited when thinking about Woods taking on his counterparts at Augusta National. If he finds a way to win there again, his sixth Masters title would tie Jack Nicklaus’ record, and it would be his second in four years.
Here are the latest odds, per DraftKings Sportsbook, for Woods heading into the 2022 Masters:
- To win: +4000 (bet $100 to win $4,000)
- To finish in top five: +800
- To finish in top 10: +500
Furthermore, in front of the Masters, Woods has been intriguing his kindred golf players.
“It’s astounding assuming you ponder where he was at a year prior to now,” Jordan Spieth said, per Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press. “I don’t have the foggiest idea the number of individuals on the off chance that anyone could be around here. What’s more, this is definitely not a simple walk. So to be around here and not to toss his age in the blend, but rather I don’t believe that helps much for that recuperation. However, would anybody say anybody is amazed?”
It likewise wouldn’t be an astonishment assuming Woods some way or another set up a solid exhibition. He’s gotten it done in every one of his beyond 21 Masters appearances. The main time he’s missed the cut at the occasion was in 1996, his first appearance as an ace.
A large portion of Woods’ best Masters appearances came from the get-go in his vocation. He won the competition in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005, and he completed in the best six consistently from 2005 to 2011. In the wake of tying for 32nd in 2018, he returned and won in 2019, completing at 13 under standard.
Not every person is anticipating that Woods should fight for the success. Yet, that is his objective for the competition.
“I don’t make an appearance to an occasion except if I want to win it. So that is the mentality I’ve had,” Woods said, per Ferguson. “There will be a day when it will not work out, and I’ll know when that is.”
Woods is set to start for the first round Thursday at 10:34 a.m. ET, and he will play close by Joaquin Niemann and Louis Oosthuizen. It will be significant for Woods to get off to a solid beginning assuming he will have accomplishment at the Masters, as it would establish the vibe for the remainder of his time at the competition.