Last-Minute Projections for Tiger Woods at the 2022 Masters

Jake RillFeatured Columnist IIApril 7, 2022

Tiger Woods walks on the 15th fairway during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press

Tiger Woods appears ready to go at the 2022 Masters Tournament. When he arrived at Augusta National Golf Club, it wasn't clear whether the 46-year-old was going to play at the event, especially once he tweeted Sunday that he would be a "game-time decision" for Thursday's opening round.

But things have gone well for Woods in his preparation for the Masters, which would be his first tournament appearance since he suffered severe injuries in a car crash in February 2021. He played a practice round Monday; held a press conference Tuesday, in which he discussed his intent to play in (and win) the 2022 Masters; and he played in Wednesday's Par 3 Tournament alongside his son, Charlie, and Justin Thomas.

Perhaps, all things considered, expectations should be tempered for Woods this year. He's 46 and trying to become the oldest champion in Masters history. And while he's had plenty of comebacks over the years, there was a time following his car crash when it seemed he may never return to competition.

Still, it's hard not to get excited when thinking about Woods taking on his counterparts at Augusta National. If he finds a way to win there again, his sixth Masters title would tie Jack Nicklaus' record, and it would be his second in four years.

Here are the latest odds, per DraftKings Sportsbook, for Woods heading into the 2022 Masters:

  • To win: +4000 (bet $100 to win $4,000)
  • To finish in top five: +800
  • To finish in top 10: +500

And ahead of the Masters, Woods has been impressing his fellow golfers.

"It's amazing if you think about where he was at a year ago to now," Jordan Spieth said, per Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press. "I don't know how many people—if anybodycould be out here. And this is not an easy walk. So to be out here and not to throw his age in the mix, but I don't think that helps much for that recovery. But is anybody surprised?"

It also wouldn't be a surprise if Woods somehow put together a strong performance. He's made the cut in each of his past 21 Masters appearances. The only time he's missed the cut at the event was in 1996, his first appearance as a pro.

Most of Woods' best Masters showings came early in his career. He won the tournament in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005, and he finished in the top six every year from 2005 to 2011. After tying for 32nd in 2018, he bounced back and won in 2019, finishing at 13 under par.

Not everybody is expecting Woods to contend for the win. But that's his goal for the tournament.

"I don't show up to an event unless I think I can win it. So that's the attitude I've had," Woods said, per Ferguson. "There will be a day when it won't happen, and I'll know when that is."

Woods is set to tee off for the first round Thursday at 10:34 a.m. ET, and he will be playing alongside Joaquin Niemann and Louis Oosthuizen. It will be important for Woods to get off to a strong start if he's going to have success at the Masters, as it would set the tone for the rest of his time at the tournament.


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