Tiger Woods heads into 2019 with fellow PGA Tour players backing him to add to 14 majors

Tiger Woods heads into 2019 with fellow PGA Tour players backing him to add to 14 majors

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.”

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