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Tiger Woods' Vegas odds of winning the 2017 Masters are absurd

August 01, 2016

It's not so much the number itself. After all, Tiger Woods at 66-to-1 odds to win the 2017 Masters is a far cry from the days when he was essentially a straight up bet against the rest of the field. But when you compare the figure to the odds of other golfers, it seems absurd.

According to Bovada Sportsbook, Woods has the same odds as Zach Johnson. He also has the same odds as Brooks Koepka and Branden Grace, both of whom just finished T-4 at the PGA Championship. Woods has better odds than Jimmy Walker, the guy who just WON the Wanamaker Trophy. Yeah, we think Tiger, despite the 14 major trophies of his own, is a tad overvalued.

Again, we're talking about Tiger Woods, the guy recovering from multiple back surgeries who sat out all four majors for the first time in his career and who will turn 41 before teeing it up at Augusta National in April. That is, if he even tees off. Usually, you get your money back if you bet on a golfer and he doesn't play, but for these lines, "all wagers have action." So buyer beware.

As for the rest of the field, the Big 3 is still the Big 3 when it comes to betting favorites. Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are all listed at 8 to 1. Surprisingly, World No. 2 Dustin Johnson only checks in at 12 to 1.

Bubba Watson (16/1), Adam Scott (20/1), Rickie Fowler (22/1), Justin Rose (25/1) and Phil Mickelson (25/1) come next. They are followed by defending Masters champ Danny Willett and reigning British Open champ Henrik Stenson, who are both 28 to 1.

So place your bets, everyone! The Masters is just. . . (checks calendar) eight months away. Sigh.