Woods shot an opening round of 68 to sit one shot behind Jimmy Walker on four under par

Tiger Woods’ sensational comeback continues with first round 68 at Bay Hill… and Las Vegas bookies now make him the FAVOURITE to win the Masters

  • Jimmy Walker grabbed the early lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill
  • But Tiger Woods stole the show once again by shooting a first-round 68
  • Woods sits just one shot shy of Walker’s lead at a venue where has eight wins
  • It is just Woods’s fifth event back on the PGA Tour after spinal fusion surgery

Nine more holes into Tiger Woods’s astounding comeback yesterday was all it took for the bookmakers to run for cover and make him favourite for the Masters in less than three weeks.

Who could blame them? As dumb, ridiculous and completely illogical as it sounds, the 42-year-old is ticking so many boxes at such a furious rate of progress there seems little doubt that he will stand on the first tee at Augusta National next month as the man to beat.

A man who will be ranked outside the world’s top 50 by then and possibly outside the top 100 starting out as the pick of the bunch? What extraordinary times we are living in for the Royal and Ancient sport.

Woods shot an opening round of 68 to sit one shot behind Jimmy Walker on four under par
Woods shot an opening round of 68 to sit one shot behind Jimmy Walker at 4 under par

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