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Will Tiger Woods retire by end of 2016? You can bet on it

September 12, 2016

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Now that Tiger Woods has announced his return to competitive golf, what are the odds that it won’t work out, that Woods will officially retire by the end of the year?

I wouldn’t bet on it. But you can if you’re so inclined. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has it at 7/2.

Tiger, as anyone who books golf wagers will tell you, generates betting interest. Golf Digest's Alex Myers noted the various betting opportunities online sports gambling site Bovada has on offer for Tiger in next month's Safeway Open, where he is expected to play for the first time since August of 2015.

For its part, Paddy Power is offering 18 Tiger Woods Specials, including 33/1 to win next month’s Safeway Open, 28/1 to win the Turkish Airlines Open and 25/1 to win the Hero World Challenge.

For those daring enough to ignore that he hit only 55.75 percent of fairways in 2015 and 55.10 percent in 2014, they can bet on whether he hits the fairway with his first tee shot “back from injury,” presumably in the Safeway Open, at 4/6 odds.

Hey, if he goes off the first hole at the Silverado Resort in the first round and it’s still playing 436 yards, as it did for the Open last year, he might hit less than driver, increases his chances of finding the elusive fairway.

Of course, if you find all this silly, you can wager on more serious issues, for example, who the next Pope will be. Bono is offered at 1000/1.