Tiger Woods hasn't played at the Masters Tournament since 2015.
Photo: Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
Photo: Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Why is Tiger Woods among favorites to win 2018 Masters?

Tiger Woods hasn’t played in a Masters Tournament since 2015. He hasn’t played a PGA event since February. 

According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook released Monday, he is a 100-to-1 shot to win his fifth Masters Tournament next year at Augusta National Golf Club.

About two dozen other golfers have better odds, but few have Tiger’s history at Augusta.

Tiger has played at Augusta National 20 times. He earned a green jacket in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005. He had Top 10 finishes from 2006 to 2011.

Whether Woods plays in Augusta in 2018, 100-1 shows he’s got the respect of the sport (or at least the oddsmakers).

The 14-time major winner has been recovering from a fourth back surgery. He is likely to enter a first-time DUI offender program following an arrest in Jupiter, Fla., on Memorial Day. A  toxicology report released Monday showed Tiger, 42, had five drugs in his system that were related to the surgery.

Jordan Spieth is the favorite to win at Augusta National with 7-to-1 odds in 2018. 

Former champions Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson are listed with 30-to-1 odds.

Next year’s Masters tees off April 5.

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