Despite a good end to 2011, Tiger Woods still has many doubters to prove wrong – but Ladbrokes appear convinced he is back to his best and have installed him as favourite for several of the biggest golf titles in the coming year.
Following a dismal two years on the course thanks to a combination of personal troubles and injury issues, the former world No.1 has started to regain some of the form that made him arguably the greatest golfer of all time.
He won the Chevron World Challenge title back in December thanks to a birdie-birdie finish and finally feels he is fit enough to get back and compete for the biggest prizes in golf.
Woods said: “I was playing with pain and that isn’t fun. The last couple of months have been really fun and that is mostly because I am feeling healthy again and building week on week.”
While the Chevron victory over a small and rather low-class field leaves plenty of questions unanswered, Woods has still done enough to be installed as favourite for both the Masters and the British Open.
Woods has won the Masters on four previous occasions and, even amidst all his problems last year, was able to finish in a more than respectable fourth place.
He is currently 6/1 to win his fifth Green Jacket and close in on Jack Nicklaus’ record of six Masters titles.
He’s the same price to win his fourth British Open and a tiny 3/1 to win the US Money List title.
However, his first test of the year comes at the Abu Dhabi Championship at the end of the month where he will face off against U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, World No.1 Luke Donald and defending champion Martin Kaymer.
It’s a huge event for Woods and, if the 14-time major champion performs as he can do, then backing him to add to his major haul in 2012 could prove a lucrative bet.