British betting on Tiger’s return to golf

Posted March 30, 2010, at 11:10 p.m.

LONDON — Forget about simply betting on Tiger Woods to win the Masters, British bookmakers are taking wagers on whether the No. 1 player in the world will hit a tree on his first drive or if he’ll kiss an anonymous blonde before teeing off.

Woods, who will make his return to golf next week at Augusta National after months of seclusion following revelations that he cheated on his wife, is shaping up to be a big market for bettors in Britain.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams says “we’ll absolutely certainly take a couple of million (pounds) on it ourselves.”

Both William Hill and Ladbrokes have Woods listed as the 4-1 favorite to win, even though he has not competed since driving his vehicle into a tree outside his home in late November.

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