Woods announced Wednesday that he "hopes" to return to competition at the Safeway Open next month, a start that would end a 14-month absence from the Tour as he recovered from multiple back procedures. Despite the extended break, offshore outlet Bovada has listed Woods at 50/1 to win the Safeway, which will be held Oct. 13-16 in Napa, Calif.
Bovada also offered odds on Woods to crack the top five (9/1), top 10 (4/1) and top 20 (7/4). He is listed at -175 to make the 36-hole cut, meaning bettors would have to lay $175 for every $100 they hoped to make in return. Each line only includes a "yes" option, meaning those who have less faith in the 40-year-old will have to wait a little longer for a wagering outlet.
Woods has played the Safeway once in his career, in 2011 when he finished T-30 at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif. The tournament shifted in 2014 to Silverado Golf Club in Napa, where Emiliano Grillo defeated Kevin Na in a playoff last year.