Scott Van Pelt on Tiger Woods' Chances of Winning Masters


CHARLOTTE (WFNZ) -- Tiger Woods has four green jackets, but has not won the Masters since 2005.

Woods has his best chance in years starting Thursday. Woods, coming off his 80th career PGA Tour win (at The Tour Championship) to end the 2018 season, is one of the top five betting favorites. ESPN and former Golf Channel host Scott Van Pelt joined "The Clubhouse With Kyle Bailey" to discuss what it will take for Woods to win at Augusta National again. 

"I think what he's done since last year ... he had the lead in The Open at Carnoustie on Sunday and a shot off the lead at the PGA (Championship) where (Brooks) Koepka won," Van Pelt said this week. "I think what he's shown is that he's good enough to compete in these majors. A lot of it is just good luck. I think he can put himself in contention here."

Van Pelt acknowledges it's been a long time since Woods slipped on a green jacket. 

"It's been 14 years since he won here. That's a long time," Van Pelt said. "You need all those guys that have short odds to be decent but not great. Rory (McIlroy) is capable of having a week where he runs away from him. Dustin (Johnson), same deal, even though neither has won here. I think he'll be in the mix. I think the key for him will be the start."

Van Pelt also gave a long shot he likes at this year's Masters. 

"Tony Finau. Tony can kill it. He can make a ton of birdies, and he's got the length to potentially overpower the course," Van Pelt said. "That's a guy to get a decent price on if you're one that likes to nibble on those types of things."