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Tiger tagged with 100-1 odds to win Masters

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February 13, 2017 06:03 AM
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Tiger Woods, 41, has not won a major since 2008, and he's a long shot to be in the hunt at the Masters. @ USA Today Images

By Matt Youmans

VSiN senior editor

Instead of making a stirring comeback, Tiger Woods is sinking to new lows because of his bad back.

Woods is now a 100-1 shot to win the Masters in April. Westgate golf oddsmaker Jeff Sherman posted that number Friday after Woods withdrew from the next two PGA Tour events — the Genesis Open in California and the Honda Classic in Florida — while citing back spasms.

Woods has dealt with a series of setbacks lately. He missed the cut at Torrey Pines in San Diego in January before dropping out of the Dubai Desert Classic after shooting an opening-round 77.

“I think Tiger has been putting up a facade about back spasms. I think he’s seriously hurt and there’s a lot more to it,” Sherman said. “He’s had three back surgeries and a lot of other surgeries. He’s just an injured golfer. I’ve seen enough.”

Woods, 41, has not won a major since 2008. Still, Sherman said, some optimistic bettors were backing Woods at 20-1 and 50-1 odds for the Masters until recently. At the Westgate, more tickets have been written on Woods than on any other golfer. But that will change.

Only one ticket for $20 has been written since Friday, when Sherman moved Woods from 50-1 to 100-1.

“I got mocked on Twitter, with people saying, ‘You should add a zero on that,’” Sherman said. “But I’ve got the highest odds out there.”

There are countless goofballs on Twitter, but that’s another story.

Woods’ true odds are probably higher than 100-1, but Sherman is offering a fair price. Several Las Vegas sports books still have Woods listed in the 15-1 to 25-1 range in the Masters. Those bookmakers are either asleep at the desk, on vacation or trying to take advantage of clueless patrons.

Woods is a 14-time major champion, but he’s getting old and his game is a mess. His injuries are real, but maybe sometimes exaggerated. It's difficult for a once-dominant player to accept he can no longer compete. Meanwhile, tournaments are being won by a new wave of young stars.

Jordan Spieth, 23, coasted to victory Sunday in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Sherman reacted by making Spieth the Masters favorite at 6-1, down from 8-1 last week.

Aside from Spieth, players such as Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Hideki Matsuyama are leaving Woods in the rear-view mirror.

“Tiger has got no chance to be in the same class with what these guys are doing over four rounds,” Sherman said. “There’s a chance he might not even play the Masters.”

In other words, even if 100-1 looks tempting, try to avoid taking the bait.

UPDATED MASTERS ODDS

(Top 25 players posted at the Westgate sports book)

Jordan Spieth 6-1

Jason Day 10-1

Rory McIlroy 10-1

Dustin Johnson 12-1

Hideki Matsuyama 12-1

Justin Rose 20-1

Rickie Fowler 25-1

Adam Scott 25-1

Henrik Stenson 25-1

Justin Thomas 25-1

Bubba Watson 25-1

Sergio Garcia 30-1

Phil Mickelson 30-1

Patrick Reed 30-1

Brooks Koepka 40-1

Jon Rahm 40-1

Brandt Snedeker 40-1

Paul Casey 50-1

Matt Kuchar 50-1

Louis Oosthuizen 50-1

Matthew Fitzpatrick 60-1

Branden Grace 60-1

Zach Johnson 60-1

Danny Willett 60-1

Daniel Berger 80-1

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