Tiger Woods is the favorite to win the upcoming Hero World Challenge, which will take place at the ultra-exclusive Albany golf course in New Providence, Bahamas. Despite not competing in nearly eight months, Woods’ popularity as a bettor’s choice remains strong. The tournament, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, will feature seventeen players in the top 30 in the world, as well as special invitees Woods, Justin Rose, and Lucas Glover.
Woods has not played a tournament round since withdrawing from the 2023 Masters due to injury and subsequently undergoing ankle fusion surgery. However, he has stated that his ankle pain is now gone and that he is excited to compete. Despite acknowledging that his game feels rusty due to the lack of play, Woods firmly believes that he can still win.
BetMGM, a popular gaming and sports betting company, has reported that Woods is responsible for a significant portion of the betting slips and money wagered on the tournament. To attract more bets on Woods, the company has lengthened his odds from 40/1 to 66/1. Viktor Hovland, the two-time defending champion, has the shortest odds at 4/1, with Scottie Scheffler not far behind at 9/2.
Other notable players include Collin Morikawa, Max Homa, and Justin Thomas, all with odds ranging from 14/1 to 15/2. Bettors are also showing interest in Cameron Young, whose odds have shortened from 25/1 to 18/1 due to increased action. Despite the attention on Woods and Hovland, BetMGM’s best-case scenario for the tournament would be a victory from players such as Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Brian Harman, Justin Rose, or Sepp Straka.
Woods, however, remains focused on his love for competing and the excitement of being back on the course. He admitted that his game feels rusty, but is looking forward to the challenge and is eager to see how he will perform after such a long hiatus.