You guys know me pretty well by now after all I’ve written. You know football is my favorite sport, but you also know that I love the game of golf. In fact, I can’t get enough of it.

It always angers me when people criticize golf. I don’t understand why. Golf is a sport that’s played by people from all different walks of life, and perhaps more importantly, it’s a sport you can play your whole life. That is the main reason why I love it. I played it as a young kid, and I’ll be playing it as an old man when I retire one day. You can’t say that about most other sports.

Anyway, I’ve always been a big Tiger Woods fan. Nothing beats the Tiger Woods from a decade ago who wore red every Sunday and seemingly dominated every tournament. He was on top of the world and seemed indestructible. Then the scandal happened, then the injuries happened, and all of a sudden we wondered if Tiger Woods would even be good again.

Sure, he has won some tournaments since then. He has looked good at times, but we all can agree that he’s been nowhere near the player he once was.

I was thrilled when I learned he would be coming back to play in the Hero World Challenge which took place last week. I was excited to see Tiger Woods back, and he certainly didn’t disappoint.

He seemed like vintage Tiger Woods at first, and Vegas thought so too.

According to Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, Woods is now 20/1 to win at Augusta National in 2018 following an eventful week in the Bahamas. Woods' Masters odds entering last week's event were 50/1, but they were slashed to 25/1 after his opening 69. And following a front-nine 31 on Friday, that gave him a brief lead, Westgate quickly lowered Woods' odds to 15/1 -- tied for the fifth-best odds at the time. Westgate manager and golf oddsmaker Jeff Sherman said on Twitter that there's been a lot of action coming in on Tiger and that "the liability is already excessive."

He’s climbing back up! Okay, let’s pump the brakes a little bit, but nonetheless it was great to see Tiger play well. He had a bad round Saturday but he had really good rounds on the other three days. Let’s hope this starts the Tiger Woods comeback.

I was glued to my TV all weekend watching him. I know other people were too, as I saw many people gathered around our office TV’s to watch his Thursday and Friday rounds. Tiger Woods creates a buzz for golf that is unmatched by any other player. I’m very confident in the growth of golf with guys like Spieth, Fowler, Thomas, Rory, etc, but they are not Tiger Woods. Golf needs Tiger Woods to be back and good again. The sport would sky rocket.

We’ll see what happens, but as for now, Tiger seems to be a betting favorite to win the Masters. Woods opened at 100-to-1 odds to win the Masters in August while he was still recovering from a fourth back surgery in April. The four-time Masters champ has missed the tournament due to injury in three of the past four years.

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