Tiger Woods’ comeback at the 2022 Masters gave hope for his chances of being competitive in future PGA Tour events. Less than 14 months after the single-car accident that nearly ended his career, the gold legend made the cut at Augusta.

Despite struggling in the final two rounds of the Masters, Woods exceeded expectations at the year’s first major. The 46-year-old has committed to playing in the 2022 Open Championship at St. Andrews, where the betting odds suggest he’ll have a puncher’s chance.

"I won't be playing a full schedule ever again," Woods told Sky Sports after finishing in 47th place at Augusta. "It'll be just the big events. I don't know if I'll be able to play (the PGA Championship) at Southern Hills or not, but I am looking forward to St. Andrews. That is something that is near and dear to my heart. You know, I've won two Opens there, it's the home of golf, it's my favorite golf course in the world.

"I will be there for that one. Anything in between that, I don't know. I will try, there's no doubt. This week, I will try to get ready for Southern Hills, and we'll see what this body is able to do."

DraftKings Sportsbook gives Woods 40/1 odds to win this year’s Open Championship. Three months before the event, 20 golfers are given a better chance than Woods to finish atop the Open Championship leaderboard.

The Open Championship is the third major on the 2022 PGA schedule. The PGA Championship is the next major after the Masters. It’s scheduled to start on May 19 at Southern Hills Championship Course in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Woods has won the Open Championship three times, including back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006. For his first Open Championship in 2000, Woods shot a historic 19-under par at St. Andrews.

Woods might be long past his prime, but it’s a remarkable achievement that he’s already participating in PGA events. The 15-time major champion was in danger of having his leg amputated after the car accident in February 2021, which forced him to undergo emergency surgery. Even a few weeks before the Masters, it seemed highly unlikely that he would be part of the field at Augusta.

“I don’t quite have the endurance that I would like to have had, but as of a few weeks ago, didn’t even know if I was going to play in this event,” Woods told reporters after finishing the Masters. “To go from that to here, we’re excited about the prospects of the future, about training, about getting into that gym and doing some other stuff to get my leg stronger, which we haven’t been able to do because it needed more time to heal. I think it needs a couple more days to heal after this, but we’ll get back after it, and we’ll get into it.”

Jon Rahm is the 2022 Open Championship favorite with 9/1 odds. Rory McIlroy is second at 12/1 after his second-place finish at the Masters. Masters champion and world No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler is tied for third with four other golfers with 14/1 odds.

Reigning Open Championship winner Collin Morikawa also has 14/1 odds.

Tiger Woods tips his hat to the crowd on the 18th green after finishing the final round at the 86th Masters
Tiger Woods tips his hat to the crowd on the 18th green after finishing the final round at the 86th Masters GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA via AFP / Gregory Shamus
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