Tiger Woods might not win The Masters, but he’s certainly not going to embarrass himself 

April 6, 2022

The Masters 

Augusta National Golf Course – Augusta, GA 

April 7-10, 2022 

Hideki Matsuyama is the defending champion. He’s 50-to-1 to don the green jacket again. 

Jon Rahm is the favorite. He’s 11-to-1 to visit the Butler Cabin on Sunday afternoon. 

But all of the talk this week, and most of the attention when the tournament tees off on Thursday, will be on Tiger Woods. The five-time Masters champion is the biggest story. By a mile. 

Why? Well, for a lot of reasons. 

One, he’s Tiger Woods. When he’s at a tournament, he’s always the center of attention. He’s won 15 majors. He’s the most-dominant player in the history of the sport. He’s the biggest draw golf has ever seen. 

Tiger Woods talks with his caddie, Joe LaCava, on the 10th green during a practice round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. 2022-4-6-tiger-woods-10th

But this time around, there’s more to it. Woods hasn’t played competitively in 14 months.  

After suffering serious leg injuries during a car crash in February 2021, there were questions about whether he’d ever play again. Many thought his career was over. 

On Tuesday, however, Woods announced that he’ll make his return to the PGA Tour in Augusta. He’ll be in the field, trying to win his sixth green jacket. 

While the odds suggest that’s not likely to happen, with Woods being a 60-to-1 long shot, the biggest name in golf certainly thinks he has a chance to win. He said so on Tuesday. And he wouldn’t be on the course if he didn’t believe it. 

Woods doesn’t have anything more to prove. He doesn’t need to play. So if he is, it’s because he thinks he has a chance. 

That means he’s not going to embarrass himself. He’s not going to struggle. He’s not going to be painful to watch. 

Will he win the tournament? Probably not. Will he make the cut? It’ll be shocking if he doesn’t. 

Bill Liteley’s pick: Tiger Woods to make the cut (+110)