Will Tiger Woods play at the Masters next week?
That’s the biggest question in golf right now, as the five-time green jacket winner hasn’t officially ruled out playing the first major of the year.
His name still appears on the tournament website entry list. However, the Masters is unlike a regular PGA Tour event, where there is no deadline to tell tournament officials whether you’re playing or not. And, as The Washington Post reported, Woods pulled out of the 2016 and 2017 Masters six days before those events began because he was dealing with a back injury. So his name, which is still listed, isn’t really an indication that he’ll be playing.
Regardless, much rumor and speculation has swirled wildly in recent days with the tournament now less than 10 days away, including a Sports Illustrated report Tuesday morning that Woods was playing a practice round at the Augusta National.
Woods has not played a competitive professional round since a February 2021 car accident in Southern California that left him with a badly fractured right leg. Wood played with his 12-year-old son Charlie in the Father and Son PNC Championships in December where they finished second.
Woods has said multiple times in recent months that he is nowhere near playing at the tournament level required to be competitive. And it’s not just his game that needs to be in shape to be competitive, it’s the toll that going 18 holes, day after day, round after round, including practice rounds, would take on his feet.
But until he officially takes his name out, speculation lingers.
What if he plays? What are his odds of actually winning a sixth green jacket?
According to Tuesday’s DraftKings, Woods’ odds are +7000. In January it was +20000.
For perspective, Jon Rahm is the favorite at +750, while Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas sit at +1200 along with Collin Morikawa.
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