Action Report: Tiger Woods Getting Tons of Action in Return at Hero World Challenge

min read
Tiger Woods hits from the fourth tee during a practice for the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Tuesday, April 4, 2023, in Augusta, Ga.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Nov 29, 2023, 12:39 PM

Even though Tiger Woods hasn’t played in a tournament since withdrawing from the Masters in April, it isn’t stopping bettors at the BetMGM online sportsbook from backing him this week against a loaded 20-player field at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Woods, the tournament host, has the lowest odds at +6600. 

But, as of Wednesday, he is pulling in the most tickets (16.2%) and the third-highest handle (8.1%). He’s BetMGM’s biggest liability, as whenever he tees it up, he’s the most popular player when it comes to golf betting.

The tournament host is a five-time winner of the event but hasn’t won since 2011. It’s the first time he’s played in the event since finishing fourth in 2020. 

Another popular player is Cameron Young, who has seen his odds drop from +2500 to +1800. He is drawing the highest handle at 24.2%.

The 26-year-old had a bit of a down year after a spectacular rookie season but has three top-15 finishes in his last seven starts. He also finished third at this event last year in his tournament debut.

Viktor Hovland, the two-time defending champion, is also a favorite among bettors.

He has the best odds at +400 and is pulling in the second-highest handle (22.4%) on the second-most tickets (8.8%).

It is his first PGA Tour event since winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup late in the summer.

Young and Hovland join Woods as the three biggest liabilities.

Current Handle & Tickets

Handle

  1. Cameron Young – 24.2%
  2. Viktor Hovland – 22.4%
  3. Tiger Woods – 8.1%
  4. Justin Thomas – 6%
  5. Tony Finau – 5.8%

Tickets

  1. Tiger Woods – 16.2%
  2. Viktor Hovland – 8.8%
  3. Justin Thomas – 8.5%
  4. Cameron Young – 7.7%
  5. Max Homa – 6.9%

Like Young, Thomas (+1400) had a down year by his standards, but he’s had some solid performances worldwide this fall. He also has performed well at this event in the past, finishing fifth each of the last three years.

Will Zalatoris (+3300), who is making his first start since March following back surgery, is drawing 3.8% of the tickets and 2.2% of the handle.

betmgm-nco-jamie-foxx
About the Author

Ryan Hannable

Read More @RyanHannable

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”