How Difficult Is Being Paired With Tiger Woods At The Masters?

How Difficult Is Being Paired With Tiger Woods At The Masters?
Fact Checked by Thomas Leary

With a week to go prior to official tee times being announced on Tuesday, April 4 for this year’s edition of The Masters, all eyes across Georgia sports betting will be on who gets paired with who for the first two rounds of golf’s first major of the season.

Despite his curtailed playing schedule, golf fans are once again excited for the opportunity to watch five-time champion Tiger Woods on their TV screens again around Augusta National. 

However, one of the biggest disadvantages for players going into the tournament, other than the course and the conditions, has always been being partnered with Woods. The crowds that follow Woods throughout his rounds are not comparable to any other golfer past or present, and it can be a daunting and distracting day for Woods' fellow pros. utilized to compile the statistics of the golfers that Woods has been paired with in the first two rounds of each of his appearances since 1997, when he obliterated the field with an 18-under-par 270 to capture his first Green Jacket. 

Based on a total of 44 rounds Woods has played on Thursday and Friday of the tournament, here are the numbers.

Playing With Woods No Easy Task

Ony 12 golfers have shot in the 60s during either round alongside Woods (six in Thursday’s first round and six in Friday’s second round). During the last four editions in which Woods has played, at least one player has shot in the 60s, including Joaquin Niemann’s first round 69 on Thursday in 2022, which helped him make the cut. 

More than double that amount (26 golfers) have shot a 75 or higher during either round on the par-72 layout. Thomas Bjorn had the highest score with Woods, shooting an 80 during Thursday’s first round back in 2004. 

The average round score of his playing partners during the first two rounds: 72.99. 

Woods made the cut at last year’s Masters (71-74-78-78--301) to finish 13-over-par, alone in 47th place, marking the first time he had played in an event in 509 days since his 2021 car accident.

There are no legal Georgia sports betting apps, but Woods will garner plenty of attention next week at national sportsbooks. 

Last Out for Woods

The 47-year-old last played in his host tournament, the Genesis Invitational at famed Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California on Feb. 16-19, where he made the cut. 

It was an up-and-down four days for Woods (69-74-67-73--283), where he finished in a five-way tie for 45th place at 1-under-par. Jon Rahm (-17) won the tournament by two strokes over Max Homa (-15) and three strokes over Patrick Cantlay (-14). 

Due to his accident, Woods has lightened his playing schedule considerably with the majors and select tournaments more of his concentration and focus. 

But come next week, the Big Cat will once again be on the hunt for another Green Jacket.

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Lou Monaco has been a columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas and has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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