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Why Tiger Woods is Unlikely to Repeat at Augusta in 2020

| November 6, 2020 5:39 am PDT
4 Reasons Why Tiger Woods Won’t Win the 2020 Masters

Tiger Woods saunters down Magnolia Lane in search of his 6th Green Jacket. The Big Cat’s record at Augusta National is beyond pristine, and we know that at this point in his career the only thing he cares deeply about is tacking on more major championships.

As remarkable as the headlines would be if Tiger went “back-to-back,” I’m unfortunately here to rain on that parade.

News alert, but Tiger Woods won’t win the 2020 Masters. Here’s why. 

Lack of Reps

When I was highlighting value from the early Masters odds, I didn’t “forget to include” the defending champion at +3300. I left Tiger off the list in large part due to the fact that he’s hasn’t gotten enough competitive reps in for me to feel good about his chances.

Not only did Tiger opt not to play in Houston, but Tiger has teed it up just once since missing the cut at Winged Foot. And oh by the way – tying for 72nd in a field of 78 at a golf course he’s won at numerous times – that doesn’t exactly bode well.

In all, Woods has played just six events since play resumed in June. His best finish – a T37 at the PGA Championship.  

Inconsistent Putting

193 PGA Tour golfers were accounted for in the SG: Putting statistic in 2019-20. Tiger didn’t log enough rounds to be part of the group, but his -.634 mark would have landed him 183rd. He’s not pouring in the mid-rangers we’re used to seeing him hole, and he’s been sketchy from inside five feet as well.

One week he’s lengthening his flat-stick. The next week he’s changing the grip on his putter.

Augusta’s greens aren’t exactly the surfaces ideal for tackling when you’re in the midst of tinkering with your “wand.”

Spotty Iron Play

As previously mentioned, Tiger didn’t play enough tournaments to be part of last season’s official statistics. With that being said, I can confirm that Woods only hit 64.88% of the greens last season – a number that would have qualified for 156th on the PGA Tour had he played enough rounds.

Scrolling through Tiger’s yearly stats, I couldn’t find a single season (that he played at least 8 events) in which he recorded a lower % of GIR.

Hitting fairways has never been Tiger’s forte, and I just shined a light on his balky putting. Without his normal dependable iron play, Woods will not win the Masters. Frankly, there’s a decent chance he won’t even sniff contending.

Motivation Waning?

Tiger still needs to notch one more W to supplant Sam Snead and sit alone atop the PGA Tour wins list. Woods is three majors short of equaling the Golden Bear’s magic number, but let’s be real.

Tiger’s turning 44 next month. His two kids are entering their teenage years, his body gives him trouble, and he no longer has the ability to intimidate his competitors.

Of course Tiger wants to win, and there’s no question that he still can.

However, it’s hard to solemnly say that he looks as committed and motivated as he once was. We saw how much emotion poured out of Woods’ soul when he captured the 2019 Masters. Well, that wasn’t just joy and excitement being displayed after finally securing a major in front of his kids.

That was pure relief.

Have I convinced you that betting on Tiger Woods to win the Masters isn’t a great idea? For more insight into locking in wagers at Augusta, check out the guide below. I’ve also hit on a couple of Tiger Woods Masters props you’re going to want to check out.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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