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Woods an Underdog in His Comeback Event

Woods an Underdog in His Comeback Event - Bovada Sportsbook

Having missed the entire 2016 season to date, Tiger Woods sits well down the odds list this week as he returns to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge down in the Bahamas.

The tournament, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, has a reduced field of just 18 golfers but includes many of the best players in the world. That was a distinction which Woods once held, but after a lengthy layoff due to injury he’s back at +3000 to win the tournament. Woods has a slight lead over J.B. Holmes and Jimmy Walker who are both at +3300.  The odds have Zach Johnson rounding out the list at +4000.

Woods’ last action came at the Wyndham Championship back in August 2015, when he finished in a tie for 10th place. That was the former top-ranked player in the world’s best outing in 2015, as he missed the cut in four of his 11 PGA Tour events and recorded only three Top-25 results. Those missed cuts included the U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA Championship.

Woods sits at No. 879 in the world rankings heading into the tournament at the Albany, New Providence course down in the Caribbean this week. He last earned a PGA Tour win in 2013, and he’s the +350 favorite on the odds to finish in last place at the tournament this week.

 

Johnson, Spieth Lead Tournament Odds

Dustin Johnson, meanwhile, sits at No. 3 in the world rankings, and he’s the +500 favorite on the Hero World Challenge odds for this week. Johnson broke through with his first major victory this past season, claiming the win in the U.S. Open. A solid 2016 campaign also saw Johnson finish tied for fourth place at the Masters and then tied for ninth at the British Open.

Jordan Spieth did his damage in the majors in 2015, winning the Masters and the U.S. Open. However, Spieth finished outside the Top 10 in his last three majors in 2016 and has slipped slightly to No. 5 in the world rankings. Spieth is second at +600 odds for this week.

Hideki Matsuyama, No. 6 in the world rankings, is at +800 on the Hero World Challenge odds, followed by world No. 17 Brooks Koepka at +900, and world No. 4 Henrik Stenson at +1000. Patrick Reed (+1200), Rickie Fowler (+1400), Justin Rose (+1800), and defending tournament champion Bubba Watson (+2000) sit behind the leaders on the betting lines.

Russell Knox (+2500), Emiliano Grillo (+2500), Matt Kuchar (+3000), Louis Oosthuizen (+3000), and Brandt Snedeker (+3000) round out the tournament field at the Bahamas event.

 

*Odds as of November 30, 2016

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