Betting in full flow on whether Woods will hit a tree or kiss a blonde at Masters

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Washington, Mar 31 (ANI): Brit bettors are putting their money on whether Tiger Woods will hit a tree on his first drive or if he'll kiss an anonymous blonde before teeing off at the Masters.

Woods is set to make his return to golf next week at Augusta National after months of seclusion following revelations that he cheated on his wife.

"We'll absolutely certainly take a couple of million (pounds) on it ourselves. So far, people are sensibly reluctant to part with their cash until two or three days beforehand ... because once you place your bet you can't cancel it," CBS News quoted William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams as saying on Tuesday.

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

This year's tournament starts on April 8.

Phil Mickelson is the second favorite behind Woods at 9-1, and Ernie Els is third at 10-1, according to William Hill.

But apart from the usual bets about making the cut or finishing outside the top 10, markets are open on whether he will hit the fairway on his opening drive, miss the fairway, or even hit a tree.

"We've got a whole host (of markets), the funnies around to the serious. Obviously, (we've) priced him up to win the major, to miss the cut, to have a fight with a fan on the first tee, to kiss an anonymous blonde - which doesn't include (John) Daly, we point out," said Ladbrokes spokesman Nick Weinberg.

But, despite any personal problems, both Adams and Weinberg said that bettors would stand behind Woods with their money.

"He could have 10 years off the sport and there'd be punters backing him. Even a 50 percent-75 percent Tiger Woods should have more than enough to see off the field," said Weinberg.

William Hill is already offering 26 markets on Woods, and Hill said they expect to open 10 more over the weekend.

"Things like: Will he have an argument? Will he throw a club? Will he break a club in anger? Will there be a streaker on the final green? Will Elin (Nordegren) be seen in the crowd?" said Adams. (ANI)

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