Tiger Woods has found his game again

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Americans always love to forgive, and there’s no better example of forgiveness than the romanticism happening in the revival of Tiger Woods who has finally found his game again. It’s captivated the nation, and the world and we can’t wait for next next week’s Masters Tournament.

It’s especially apparent at the Las Vegas bet windows where a once struggling Woods was offered at 100-to-1 odds to win The Masters following last season’s PGA Championship that has been dropped all the way down to 9-to-1 odds. He’s the favorite, once again.

“The betting action is like 10 years ago,” said Westgate SuperBook assistant manager Jeff Sherman, the premier golf odds authority in town. “Tiger Woods has the most tickets written by a wide margin and also most cash, and Phil Mickelson (16/1) has the second most tickets written.”

Now let’s try to put some perspective why most of us are rooting for Tiger to return to his former greatness, and why we’re glued to the television giving the networks amazing ratings. He’s finished fifth and runner-up in his last two tournaments. He hasn’t won any tournament since 2013 and the last of his 14 major wins came in 2007. His first, by the way, came in 1997 at the Masters.

All is well. All is forgiven. We all love Tiger!  Although, most of us agree he doesn’t have anything to apologize for to the public. Stuff happens. It wasn’t steroids or spousal abuse. He didn’t cheat us. But his ego and brand took such a hit having to re-live everything daily in the TMZ — in your face, social media age. He was tore down and now he’s building himself back.

He’s also been quite different on the course. He seeks children now to offer autographs and stands there for long periods of time. He’s charging back and gaining confidence in all areas, because autographs were never something he liked doing on a tournament weekend.

And as for Phil Mickelson, he’s part of the Tiger story we want to remember from a decade ago. They were the best and pushed each other the most. Two weeks ago, Mickelson won the WGC Mexico Championship, his first victory since 2013, a drought just like Tiger. So yes, this totally makes sense and says a lot about our society as a whole.

“We’ve already wrote twice as much action on the Masters this year compared to the same time last season,” Sherman said on Sunday.

I’ll have some more betting stuff on the Masters next week, but Sherman did offer some opinions on a couple guys he thinks will do well next week that you may want to get on board with, just in case the Tiger-Mickelson plan doesn’t work out.

“The last few years, Paul Casey (25/1) has just been so consistent. He’s a top-10 machine which has seen him win most of his posted match-ups. Justin Rose (14/1) has also been playing well and is deserving of a serious look to win and matchup plays as an underdog against the likes of Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy.”

Sherman has moved Spieth from the early 7-to-1 when posted last year up to 14-to-1 citing his putting troubles.

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