Tiger Woods’ Masters Odds Shift to 20-1 After Decision to Skip The Players

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Katharine Lotze/Getty Images. Pictured: Tiger Woods at the Riviera Country Club.

ORLANDO — With the news Friday afternoon that Tiger Woods will skip next week’s Players Championship, odds for the defending Masters champion have increased for next month’s first major championship.

Previously listed at 16-1 to successfully defend his title, the SuperBookUSA has now moved Woods to 20-1 on the board, tied for sixth on the list.

Ahead of Woods is Rory McIlroy (8-1), Dustin Johnson (14-1), Brooks Koepka (14-1), Justin Thomas (14-1) and Jon Rahm (14-1). Xander Schauffele is also listed at 20-1.

Woods was 12-1 pre-tournament last year, tied for third on the board, when he won his 15th career major title.

Deciding to skip The Players, though, easily the biggest tournament in the run-up to Augusta, has clearly put a dent in his odds.

“Back just not ready,” Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, told ESPN.com. “Not concerning long-term, just not ready.”

Woods had already eschewed the WGC-Mexico Championship, which he played last year; the Honda Classic, which is based near his South Florida home; and this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he is an eight-time champion.

Since deciding to sit for both Saturday sessions of the Presidents Cup in December, Woods has competed in just two events, finishing a respectable T-9 at the Farmers Insurance Open, then 68th at the Genesis Invitational — last of those who made the cut.

During a scheduled conference call last Tuesday to discuss last year’s Masters win and the upcoming edition of that event, Woods spoke about his preparation moving forward.

“My prep has been just like it usually is, is what do I need to do to get ready for the Masters,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate to have done this now five times and to try and have everything peak together for just an incredible week, it’s hard to do.”

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