At just after 5pm today one of the most famous sportsmen in the world will be hitting a little white ball off a plastic peg. The world won’t stop but even golf nut Donald trump may take a break from work when Tiger Woods plays his first shot in professional golf for over 10 months. Last seen in undignified mug shots the former world number one returns to golf in the Hero World Challenge, the unofficial tournament he hosts which also raises money for his foundation.
In the invited 18-runner field Woods is the outsider and that may have overestimated how much he has dropped off the pace in his chosen sport. You don’t win 14 major championships without some natural talent and the inherent ability will not have totally disappeared. You can back him at 3/1 to finish last but I’d rather be on him not to trail the rest of the field at 1/5. Betway are offering 8/11 that he finds the fairway with his opening tee shot and the shape of first hole suits his game.
The Bahamas where the event is being played is five hours behind the UK and Woods’ two-ball with Justin Thomas begins at 12.05pm local time. The organisers have paired the iconic player who is now not in the top 1000 in the world rankings with the winner of the latest major championship and favourite to win this week. Woods is 11/4 to outscore his partner over 18 holes but the 4/7 for THOMAS to win this match makes more appeal.
However, Old golf champion often come back for one last hurrah. Jack Nicklaus won the US Masters aged 46 and Tom Watson came agonisingly close to winning his sixth Open Championship at the age of 58. The Masters is Woods’ best chance of winning another major and ahead of his comeback and performances over the next months a speculative bet is TIGER WOODS to win the 2018 Masters Tournament at 80/1 with Ladbrokes who settle ante post bets at one quarter the odds for the first five.