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Hero World Challenge Odds: Woods Back In Action

The final tournament of 2023 is a big one as Tiger Woods makes his return to competition at the event he hosts annually, the 2023 Hero World Challenge. The 20-man field will welcome some of the best and brightest in the game of golf as world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, FedEx Cup champion Viktor Hovland and names like Max Homa and Collin Morikawa all make the trip to the Bahamas.

They will all play second fiddle to Woods who is listed at the very bottom of the oddsboard at +6000. Having not played since withdrawing from the 2023 Masters, the 15-time major champion hopes his newly fused ankle is up to the task at Albany.

Despite his absence from the game, Woods has put together some solid showings since his car crash in 2021. The 47-year-old has made the cut in four of five tournaments with some of those coming at major championships like the Masters and the PGA Championship.

On the other end of the spectrum, Hovland finds himself at the top of the oddsboard at +400 following his memorable summer.

Hovland arrives at the Hero World Challenge as the two-time defending champion and eyes the rare three-peat in the Bahamas. The Norwegian clips the world No. 1, Scheffler, who is listed at +500 as well as Californians Morikawa and Homa who are both at +800. These four are the only players to find themselves under +1000.

2023 Hero World Challenge Betting Odds

Odds To Win The Hero World Challenge 
Viktor Hovland+400
Scottie Scheffler+500
Collin Morikawa+800
Max Homa+800
Justin Thomas+1400
Cameron young+1600
Matt Fitzpatrick+2000
Rickie Fowler+2000
Sam Burns+2000
Jordan Spieth+2000
Tony Finau+2000
Wyndham Clark+2000

Odds as of November 28

2023 Hero World Challenge Betting Picks

With a stacked field, here's a few picks to consider for the Hero World Challenge.

Scottie Scheffler To Win (+500)

The world No. 1 has been held without a victory since his triumph at the Players Championship in March, but his game remains in top form.

Scheffler rattled off 14 top-five finishes in his 2023 season thanks to historic efforts off the tee and on approach. The putter was a problem for Scheffler throughout his year, but the added confidence from holing putts at the Ryder Cup while continuing to hone in on the greens during his time off should serve him well.

In two prior trips, Scheffler has connected on a pair of runner-up results falling short to Hovland in both 2021 and 2022. Over the last 12 months, Scheffler leads this field in strokes gained total, strokes gained tee-to-green, strokes gained off the tee and strokes gained approach.

Collin Morikawa To Win (+800)

The two-time major champion finally raised a trophy in his last tournament as Morikawa claimed the 2023 Zozo Championship in emphatic fashion.

Running away from the field on Sunday, Morikawa captured his first win in nearly two years and should return to his winning ways on a much more consistent basis. Despite his hiatus from winning, Morikawa continued to put up stout numbers as he ranked third in strokes gained total, third in strokes gained tee-to-green and third in strokes gained approach over the last six months.

He has proven to like Albany in two prior trips as he held the 54-hole lead in his debut appearance and finished sixth a year ago. There may be some concerns about his back injury, but Morikawa wouldn’t be teeing it up if he wasn’t 100%.

Matt Fitzpatrick To Win (+2000)

Fitzpatrick is one of the few players in this field to play more than once since the Ryder Cup.

Winning the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in his first start following Rome, the Englishman gained more than 3.50 strokes on the field per round. He has since played in the DP World Tour Championship and is riding a sneaky wave of form dating back to August.

A collector of three top-three finishes in his last six starts, Fitzpatrick should improve on his history in Albany. In two previous trips, the former U.S. Open champion has finished 12th and 13th.

Rickie Fowler Top-10 Finish (-120)

Fowler’s form at Albany is undeniable as he has finished in the top half of this field in each appearance. The Rocket Mortgage Classic winner hasn’t played in the Bahamas since 2019, but he will feel right at home considering his current run of form.

Enjoying a resurgent 2023, Fowler won for the first time in four years, contended at the U.S. Open and participated on the U.S. team for the 2023 Ryder Cup. A winner of this event in 2017, Fowler should have no issue contending once again making his -120 price tag to finish inside the top 10 more than palatable.

Max Homa Top-Five Finish (+125)

Homa is the second-best American golfer in the world at the moment behind on Scheffler. Winning on the DP World Tour in his last start out, the Californian continued a two-year winning stretch that has seen him claim five trophies in 51 starts.

The lone bright spot for the U.S. team at the Ryder Cup, Homa has used this fall to catapult himself towards the top of the game yet again. He made his tournament debut at Albany a season ago and should only improve moving forward as both his game and course knowledge do the same.

Tiger Woods Top-10 Finish (+250)

Everyone will want some action on Woods and his top-10 price may be the way to go.

Making four of five cuts since his car crash in 2021, Woods has proven he is capable of finishing inside the top half of some of the best fields in the game. This time he will only need to beat 10 players, most of whom have not seen competitive action since the Tour Championship in August.

Reports on Florida suggest Woods is hitting the ball great, walking without pain and in a great headspace. He’s played great here in the past in a return effort, and the same should be true this time around.

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