He may have missed The Masters last year, but not this time. Tiger Woods will be teeing it up this Thursday at 10:42 a.m. ET.
The golf world has been missing someone for the past two years. Golf has been needing that someone to bring their viewers back. They have needed someone to bring some excitement back to the game of golf. As he has done since 1997, Tiger Woods is back, and the game of golf has not been this good for a long time.
Tiger has only played in four official PGA events since returning from his fourth back surgery, and each event, he just keeps getting better and better. After finishing tied for 23rd, Tiger missed his first cut of the season at Riviera, a course that he has not played since 2006. After missing that cut, he came back the next week, and put in an impressive showing at the Honda Classic, finishing in 12th at even. He took two weeks off after the Honda, and almost won the Valspar Championship, a course and tournament that he had never played before. After coming in second at the Valspar, he finished in 5th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Not only is the golf world starting to take notice, but so is Vegas. Tiger Woods is 10/1 odds to win the tournament right now. That is better odds than Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy, all players who are not only ranked ahead of Woods, but they have also done something that he hasn’t: won a tournament! It seems absolutely ludicrous that Woods would have better odds than those top-ranked players, but does it? This is a guy who has won this tournament four times and knows the course like the back of his hand.
Tiger Woods has dominated this golf course. After his victory in 1997, Augusta “Tiger-Proofed” the course so that he could not do that again. He has missed the tournament dearly over the last two years, and is ready to reclaim another major. Tiger Woods is not only teeing it up on Thursday at 10:42 ET alongside Marc Leishman and Tommy Fleetwood, just do not be shocked if we are seeing him sitting on the practice green after the tournament is over, waiting for him to get his fifth green jacket from fellow player and former rival Sergio Garcia.