Masters odds shorten for Tiger Woods

There was a flurry of betting action on next year's Masters after Tiger Woods finished 15th at the Hero World Challenge at the weekend.

In a small field the multiple major winner finished 15th on four-under overall in his first competitive tournament after 15 months out recuperating from back surgery.

However, the modest return did not deter punters from betting on him to win the Masters in April.

More money has been bet at CG Technology on Woods to win than any other golfer. He opened at 55-1.

"They kept betting him," CG Technology vice president of race and sports Jason Simbal said.

Tiger was listed at 40-1 to win in the Bahamas and winner Hideki Matsuyama was one of just five names with better odds than Woods for Augusta.

Jason Day and Jordan Spieth were 8-1 joint favourites with SuperBook, while Rory McIlroy was at 9-1. Tiger was listed at 20-1, eighth on their list.

Woods made 24 birdies at the Hero World Challenge and showed several moments of brilliance.

Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook manager Jeff Sherman tweeted the list, with Woods ahead of golfer of the year Henrik Stenson.

Meanwhile, his distance to world number one jumped 248 spots in the latest world golf rankings, now 650th in the official list released on Monday.

The Masters will take place on April 6 to April 9 in Augusta, Georgia.