Golf is often known as one of the most isolated of sports with players usually taking care of their own interests. However, on Sunday at the WGC Workday Championship, the golfing world united in a strong show of support for the stricken Tiger Woods.
A large number of those players competing, including Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler, wore Woods’ traditional red shirt and black trousers combination on the final day at The Concession.
Several others, including big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau, emblazoned “Tiger” across their ball in a show of support for the golfer who is recovering from a horrific car crash.
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However, it was not just the players, but also the maintenance staff at the course in Bradenton, Florida who also donned Woods’ famous final day outfit.
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Woods continues to recover from having a rod inserted into his leg and pins and screws inserted into his foot and ankle after a horrific crash in California last week.
Morikawa Earns First Win Since USPGA Championship In September
While Woods’ presence was keenly felt at the course despite his absence, it was the current USPGA Champion Collin Morikawa that produced arguably the most Tiger-like performance of the day in lifting the title.
The 24-year-old American ace wasn’t able to wear Wood’s colours due to his sponsors not being able to get him the required clothes in time, but it was his performance with clubs in his hand that perhaps paid a fitting tribute.
Starting the day with a decent lead on the field, Morikawa saw his lead slip away during the start of the final round, but he gathered himself well and produced a back-nine performance that Woods would have been proud of to eventually run out a three-shot winner at -18.
Brooks Koepka, Viktor Hovland and Billy Horschel all finished joint-second behind the victor.
Morikawa banked $1.82 million for his victory and the win moved him up to fourth in the World Golf Rankings ahead of Xander Schauffele and Tyrrell Hatton.
Key Run Of Tournaments To The Masters
It was interesting to note the strength of the field as the pro tour gears up over the next few weeks for a crucial run up to the first Major of the season, The Masters in April.
Next week, the players move inland in Florida to Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill course for the Arnold Palmer Invitational which comes a week before the ‘Fifth Major” The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
The Honda Classic, Puntacana Championship and the Valero Texas Open will be the final three events before The Masters starts on April 8th 2021.
With the four Majors coming once a month after the Masters in April, with the USPGA Championship in May, the US Open in June and the British Open in July, it is a crucial point of the season for the world’s top golfers to get their game in shape for the most coveted of trophies on offer each year.
Latest Masters Betting At DraftKings Sportsbook
A quick look at the latest odds for The Masters with DraftKings Sportsbook reveals that Collin Morikawa’s win hasn’t really shortened his price a great deal. The USPGA Champion is now +2800 to win at Augusta in April, the same as Tony Finau.
Dustin Johnson remains the clear favourite to land back-to-back Masters victories at +550. Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy are the second favouties at +1000 with Spaniard John Rahm +1100 and American duo Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau both +1200 chances.
While the odds on these players will change over the next month or so as they compete in these events leading up to The Masters, it is our belief that come the start of the event in Augusta, you will likely find the same names near the top of the betting when the honorary starters hit the first ceremonial balls of the tournament.
Tiger Woods of course, won’t be able to play at The Masters, but just like in Bradenton this past weekend, you can bet that his presence will be keenly felt at the event anyway.