It’s been 14 months since Tiger Woods played a competitive round of golf, but he finally looks set to return next week in the Safeway Open.
However despite the fact he is yet to take part in a competitive round of golf this year, the 40-year-old is being given ridiculous odds to win the competition in California.
The 14-times Major winner has had a shocking last couple of years, and has not won any tournament since 2013.
Woods has undergone back surgery three times since 2014, and the only indication that he is capable of performing at a top level came in a recent report from Jesper Parnevik, who argued that Woods is “flushing everything” and hitting the ball “a mile”.
It has been reported that Woods, whose last tournament came at the Wyndham Championship in August last year, could be paired with his old rival and friend Phil Mickelson.
Woods was a vice-captain for the victorious US Ryder Cup team, but it seems unlikely that he will be anywhere near good enough to win the Safeway Open.
In the six tournaments that he played in last year, Woods made the cut in just three. However, this hasn’t stopped bookmakers giving him incredibly generous odds to win the competition.
Per Fox Sports, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook is currently offering odds of just 40-1 for Woods to win at the Silverado resort, a course that he has never played professionally at. Bovada is offering even more charitable odds for the former world number one to take home victory, and is eighth favourite at 33-1.
Given that ten players in the field who have been given worse odds for victory have won PGA Tour events this year, the bookies seem to have been a bit hasty on the idea of Woods winning the tournament.