Tiger’s return boosts sportsbooks

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    TIGER Woods hasn’t played tournament golf for five months but his return to the PGA Tour at The Memorial Tournament is providing another boost to sportsbooks.

    Despite being +2500 to win the tournament, Woods was responsible for 19 percent of the handle and 14 percent of the total outright winner bets placed at DraftKings as of

    Wednesday. The next closest was Brooks Koepka (+2800) at 12 and seven percent, with no other player receiving more than five percent of the action in either category.

    The story was similar at BetRivers and PlaySugarhouse. The Rush Street Interactive-owned sportsbooks were seeing more than twice as much action on Woods at +2500 than Koepka.

    Woods has five victories at Muirfield Village, with the most recent coming in 2012.

    His only competition since February was a charity match paired with Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady.

    In his last tournament, Woods finished last among players making the cut, then skipped ensuing events due to back issues until the coronavirus pandemic shut the sport down for three months. Woods continued quarantining at home while the PGA Tour returned for the past five weeks.

    He announced his return to action last week, and sportsbooks have jumped at the opportunity to interest bettors thirsty for action on Woods.