By Matt Youmans
VSiN Senior Editor
On his way to another embarrassing performance, Tiger Woods reached into his bag of tricks and pulled out the familiar injury excuse.
Woods’ routine is to quit while he’s behind. He withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday morning before starting the second round, citing back spasms. While shooting an opening-round 77, his game appeared hopeless heading into the weekend and he was a long shot to make the cut.
But in backing out of a golf tournament, he also took down some cross-sport Super Bowl propositions posted at the Westgate Las Vegas. Three props were contingent on Woods teeing off in the fourth round and completing 72 holes.
“I watched him for most of the first round, and it was so hard to watch,” Westgate golf oddsmaker Jeff Sherman said. “He had one of the worst putts I’ve ever seen that missed by about 20 feet. He was grimacing walking out of the bunker.
“I’m so tired of him trying to mask these injuries. He looks like the oldest 41-year-old golfer you’ve ever seen.”
In two of the props, Woods’ scoring was matched against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan’s touchdown passes and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s passing yards. Wagers on those props are no longer action and will be refunded.
Woods’ comeback from multiple back surgeries is not much of a comeback at all. Last week in San Diego, he missed the cut in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
Sherman has adjusted odds on Woods, a 14-time major champion, to win the Masters in April. Woods’ odds plummeted from 25-1 two weeks ago to 50-1.
“I have no qualms if people want to bet him. Tiger’s not close to winning or even close to competing right now,” Sherman said. “Look at all these young guys that are playing so well right now. Tiger’s not even remotely close to being a factor. I was hopeful, but there’s so much wrong with the whole picture.”
If Woods tees it up at Augusta, expect to see these props: Will he make the cut, and will he withdraw?