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Tiger Woods makes his much-anticipated return to the tour this week when he pegs it up in the Genesis Invitational – but most golf fans are already looking towards The Masters.

Assuming he suffers no setbacks between now and then, the 15-time major champion will be expected to make his 25th appearance at Augusta in April.

He’ll go there with a formidable reputation to uphold, too. As well as being a five-time winner of the Green Jacket – most recently in 2019 – he has never missed a cut in the Masters as a professional.

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Indeed, only once in 24 previous starts has he failed to advance to the weekend, that coming back in 1996 in his final year as an amateur.

So, despite question marks over his physical condition, not to mention the presence of an all-star cast for company, there are many who maintain that he can content in the first men’s major of the year – and perhaps even win it.

If they are so inclined, those people might want to put their money where their mouths are.

Currently, Woods is listed as short as 50/1 with some British bookies to win a record-equalling sixth Masters. Sky Bet, meantime, have him out at 80/1 to claim the Green Jacket.

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Rory McIlroy is the favourite for the title. The career grand slam-chasing Irishman is 7/1, with Jon Rahm at 9/1.

Defending champion and world No.1 Scottie Scheffler is 14/1 alongside Open champ Cam Smith, with Justin Thomas at 16/1.

The 87th Masters Tournament takes place at Augusta National Golf Club from April 6-9.

The Masters: Current betting guide

7/1 – Rory McIlroy

9/1 – Jon Rahm

14/1 – Scottie Scheffler

14/1 – Cam Smith

16/1 – Justin Thomas

20/1 – Collin Morikawa

22/1 – Patrick Cantlay

25/1 – Dustin Johnson

25/1 – Xander Schauffele

Please note: all prices are correct at the time of publishing and subject to change. Please always gamble responsibly.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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