Tiger Woods returns to competitive golf for the first time in 2023 at the Genesis Invitational this week.
Despite being a long shot to win the tournament, he could be worth a wager at the massive golf odds.
We look at the best Genesis Invitational players for the next PGA Tour event, including Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, and Scottie Scheffler.
Can the Unthinkable Happen?
Woods has pulled off the unthinkable before, including winning the 2019 Masters. However, this could be a stretch.
He hasn’t played since missing the cut at The Open Championship in May, where he struggled to shoot +9. He withdrew from the PGA Championship prior and finished 47th at the 2022 Masters.
The form isn’t on his side, but it’s great to see him in the field and the +14000 odds with golf betting markets could be worth entertaining as a sentimental bet.
Bettors know they will get to see Woods on the TV at every chance the broadcast gets, so we see that as value for money.
Rahm couldn’t believe the news of Woods playing when it broke last week.
“He’s playing Riv? Nice. Well, I didn’t know. Great to hear. Great to hear,” Rahm said. “After all he’s gone through. It’s incredible that he keeps trying. Spoke to him in the Bahamas. Everything he had on his leg and then you add the plantar fasciitis. I really feel for him in that sense. But I know he’s going to keep doing everything he can to still try to win more tournaments.
“Possibly get that 83rd win. Hopefully, obviously in his mind a major, right?”
Put a cheeky $5 bet on Woods at the big odds.
- Pick: Tiger Woods +14000
Time of the Year for Scheffler
Scheffler has yet to win a golf tournament outside of February, March and April, so he’s enjoying this time of the year.
He won his fifth PGA Tour tournament last week at the WM Phoenix Open, where he defended his 2022 title.
The American didn’t win the Genesis Invitational last year, but this is the time of the year when he shines and he’s good enough to go back-to-back.
He has been respected in betting online markets at +1000, which is better than the +1400 bettors were offered last week.
We wouldn’t have a bet on the Genesis Invitational without including Scheffler, who took the world No. 1 spot from McIlroy.
- Pick: Scottie Scheffler +1000
Chase Theory with Young
Just because he didn’t play that well at the Phoenix Open doesn’t mean we’re about to abandon Cameron Young.
He finished 64th after shooting +5, but the 25-year-old plays his best in the biggest tournaments and the Genesis Invitational is right up there.
The Chase Theory is firmly in play with Young, who we predict winning at least once on the PGA Tour in 2023, so he’s worth backing every week until he wins.
The beauty of betting on golf is that you can consistently back the same players and profit when they win. He’s paying +3000 to win, so he only needs to win once in every 29 tournaments to profit at those odds.
- Pick: Cameron Young +3000
Don’t Forget About Theegala
Sahith Theegala is looking to win his second PGA Tour tournament, but the first came with a partner.
It would be his first solo tournament win and we think he’s good enough to beat the quality field at the Genesis.
He wasn’t far away in Phoenix with a T39 result, so he’s playing well and the former top amateur is going under the radar.
It followed a T4 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open, so the 25-year-old is worth including in your golf picks at the value price of +7000.
- Pick: Sahith Theegala +6500