Hero World Challenge odds 2022: Tiger. Is. Back. (UPDATE: He's not back)
Call it an exhibition, call it a hit-and-giggle, call it whatever you want. As long as Tiger Woods is in the field, it's must-see television no matter the level of competition, the strength of field, or when and where the tournament is being played.
Woods returns for the first time since the Open Championship at his own event this week, the Hero World Challenge, which is back at Albany Golf Club in The Bahamas for a seventh straight year. The unofficial event, which benefits Woods' foundation, features a field of 20 of the top players in the world, including solo favorite Jon Rahm (+550, DraftKings), Scottie Scheffler (+800, DraftKings) and defending champion Viktor Hovland (14-1, DraftKings). Tom Kim (20-1, BetMGM), Cameron Young (22-1, BetRivers) and Max Homa (28-1, PointsBet) will all be making their tournament debut.
But the focus will, as always, be firmly on Woods, who, at 40-1 on the DraftKings Sportsbook, is somehow not the biggest longshot despite not having teed it up for real since July. That designation belongs to Kevin Kisner, who was given an exemption into this event and, like Kim, Young and Homa, will be making his Hero debut. Kisner can be found as high as 70-1 at BetRivers.
UPDATE: On Monday, Woods doused some cold water on the "he's back!" flame by announcing he had to withdraw from the event due to a foot injury. Those hoping to spend their hard-earned dollars on a Woods' victory will have to wait a little longer. He'll be replaced in the field by Sepp Straka.
Below are the odds for every player in the 2022 Hero World Challenge field: