If Tiger Woods’ latest comeback is to include a tournament win, this week’s Quicken Loans National might be his best chance.
Woods headlines a field of 120 players outside Washington, D.C., that lacks much starpower. The Official World Golf Ranking is projecting 34 points to the winner based on field strength, which would tie it with the AT&T Byron Nelson for the weakest field of 2018 among full-FedExCup point events.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook likes Woods’ chances, putting him at 12/1 and behind only Rickie Fowler among the pre-tournament betting favorites. They’ve also listed Woods at -700 to make the cut (bet $700 to win $100), +150 to finish inside the top 10 and -150 to finish inside the top 20. For the pessimists, Woods is +500 to miss the cut, -180 to finish outside the top 10 and +130 to finish outside the top 20.
Here’s a look at the pre-tournament odds at the Westgate, with only eight players from the top 50 in the world rankings teeing it up this week at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm:
7/1: Rickie Fowler
12/1: Tiger Woods
16/1: Marc Leishman, Francesco Molinari
20/1: Kyle Stanley
25/1: J.B. Holmes, Charles Howell III
30/1: Jimmy Walker, Byeong-Hun An, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Beau Hossler, Kevin Na
40/1: Gary Woodland, Joaquin Niemann, Patrick Rodgers, Stewart Cink, David Lingmerth, Kevin Streelman
50/1: Billy Horschel, Chesson Hadley, Jamie Lovemark, Si Woo Kim, Danny Lee, Kevin Tway, Andrew Putnam
60/1: Adam Hadwin, Martin Laird, Bill Haas, C.T. Pan, Brian Gay
80/1: Anirban Lahiri, Nick Watney, Ryan Blaum, Trey Mullinax
100/1: Rory Sabbatini, Matt Jones, Keith Mitchell, Ollie Schniederjans, J.J. Spaun, James Hahn, Seamus Power, Ryan Armour, J.T. Poston, Richy Werenski