With his return to the PGA Tour on the horizon, the window is officially open for optimistic souls to wager on Tiger Woods.
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.