The Hero World Challenge is set to take place in the sunny and warm Bahamas this week. The tournament is generating a lot of attention due to the return of Tiger Woods to competitive golf. Woods has not played in a competitive golf match since the Masters last April, as he has been recovering from ankle surgery and dealing with a series of recent injuries that have seen him fall to 1328th in the Official World Golf Rankings after dominating the sport for the better part of two decades.
As the host of the event, Woods has the longest outright odds at +5000. He did not participate in last year’s Hero World Challenge due to plantar fasciitis, so just finishing all four rounds without discomfort this week will be considered a successful event for him. With such uncertainty around his health, it is advised to keep betting expectations low for Tiger until he can prove that he’s relatively healthy again.
The 20-golfer field is comprised of 17 players who had an Official World Golf Ranking of 26th or better at the time of eligibility, and two tournament exemptions. Viktor Hovland has claimed back-to-back titles at the event with Scottie Scheffler finishing as the runner-up both times. The pair are the favorites to win this year’s event.
In terms of outright odds and wagers to consider, Max Homa has boosted outright odds to +850, Justin Thomas is expected to secure a top-five finish at +175, and Viktor Hovland is favored to be the top-finishing European at -130. These options provide different betting opportunities for those interested in the Hero World Challenge.