Tiger Woods tees off his competitive year on Thursday with the majority of his PGA Tour colleagues believing he will win at least one major in 2019.
The 43-year-old’s return from multiple back surgeries last year yesterday earned him the Ben Hogan Award, given for overcoming a physical handicap or serious injury to remain active in golf.
Now that Woods has enjoyed a proper close season to work on his game and, just as pertinently, his body, most of his rivals can envisage a return to major glory.
A survey in American magazine Golf Digest revealed that 62 per cent of the players asked felt that after a 10-year barren run, he would rejoin the major trail. England’s Tommy Fleetwood was one of those who suspects that Woods will build on the runners-up finish at last year’s US PGA and sixth place at the Open.
“Yeah, definitely – if I were a betting man, I would have a little flutter on him winning a major this year,” Fleetwood said. “I was lucky enough to play with him a few times last year and, if you didn’t know he was Tiger Woods and he was just a random player that you see out on Tour every week, you’d have just watched him and say, ‘this guy is due a win’. He’s trending in the right direction for sure and I’m pretty sure he’ll be up there again.”