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Tiger Woods will make his return to competitive golf three months following surgery on his back that kept him out of the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same season for the first time in his career.
It’s perhaps no coincidence that Woods is selecting to make his return to competition this Thursday at Congressional Country Club in a tournament that he hosts where his foundation is the main benefactor. But Woods coming back this week is likely strategic in the sense of gearing up for the British Open in July. The Open Championship will be at Hoylake, the site of Woods’ 2006 British Open victory.
The anticipation surrounding Woods’ announcement last week after the U.S. Open has been met with plenty of excitement.
Golf has missed him.
While there have been those who have tried to step up in his absence (Martin Kaymer), there is no substitute for Woods being in a tournament. Hopefully he is not coming back too soon and has allowed his back to fully heal. You have to think that after missing the first two Major Championships of the season, he would not risk coming back too early if he were not at 100 percent. There were reports last weekend that Woods has been hitting full drivers on the range. No more than 48 hours later came the announcement.
But the big question is, what can we expect from Woods this week? That is always a difficult question to answer. If he won, would anyone be surprised? Probably not. But if he struggled, would anyone be surprised? Probably not there either.
Woods is typically the favorite in any event he tees it up. The same holds true according to Bovada Sportsbook’s 2014 Quicken Loans National betting lines heading into Thursday’s opening round. But Woods is not alone atop the betting odds. He is set at 14/1, alongside Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, and Justin Rose. Noticeably absent this week is Rory McIlroy.
While the tournament features a fantastic field, all eyes will of course be on the tournament host, as he plays his first tournament round since a 78 on Sunday at the Cadillac Championship where he was in obvious pain throughout.
Bovada Sportsbook has formed a variety of betting lines for this week, and will revise them throughout the tournament. LatestBettingOdds.com has the live lines to win below, but other odds covering PGA Tour matchups, 3-ball lines, and props are available.
2014 Quicken Loans National Live Lines!