Tiger Woods is back on the greens for the 2023 Masters for just his second event of the calendar year. The five-time Augusta champion reached the 2022 Masters and even made the cut, finishing 47th, a remarkable feat for someone who had been in a life-threatening car accident just over a year before. His five wins are second only to Jack Nicklaus’ six.
Woods won The Masters for the first time in 1997 as a 21-year-old phenom, setting a record as he won by 12 strokes. No golfer has ever matched that margin of victory in any major tournament.
Woods then won The Masters in consecutive years in 2001 and 2002 as he became the third player to ever win the event in back-to-back seasons. He joined Nicklaus and Nick Faldo as the only players to accomplish that feat, and no one has been able to repeat it in the two decades since then.
One of the most memorable shots of Woods’ career came in 2005 . He chipped in a shot on hole 16 and waited as the ball rolled down a slope and after stopping for a brief moment, the ball fell in to raucous cheers from the audience. Woods ended up defeating Chris DiMarco in a playoff to win that year.
And in recent memory, there was the emotional victory in 2019 that marked Woods’ return to the top echelons of the sport and reminded us all that when it comes to Tiger, you can never truly count him out. He had not won a major in over a decade, and bested Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Xander Schauffele with a final score of -13.
Woods will play again in 2023, and enters the week at +6500 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook.