Tiger Woods recently entered Golf’s Hall of Fame for his achievements on the course. The American has won 15 Major Championships in his career. But will he win another before he retires?
Woods is now 46 years old, so opportunities to add to his major tally and close the gap on record-holder Jack Nicklaus are running out. He is currently three major wins behind Nicklaus on the all-time list.
The former world number one was recently seen practicing at Augusta National Golf Course. This has raised hopes of Woods attempting to win his sixth Green Jacket this year and he is currently +5000 in the US Masters betting.
Woods will face strong competition in the opening Major Championship of the year. Jon Rahm is one of the leading US Masters tips and is the +900 favorite. The Spaniard tops the world rankings after an excellent 2021 and is expected to have another strong year on the tour.
2019 Augusta Success is a Reminder Woods Should Not be Written Off
When he prevailed in the 2019 US Masters, it was Woods’ first major win in 11 years. He won his 14th Major Championship in the 2008 US Open. Many felt that prior to his success at Augusta, Woods’ days of success in the big four events were over.
At a golf course that Woods has often produced his best game on, the American outscored the field across the four days in Georgia three years ago. He was involved in a battle with Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka on the final Sunday, but none of those rivals were able to match Woods’ play.
Woods described the win as the best of his career. He was not sure himself if he would experience something like it again, as knee and back problems had really hampered him in the years leading up to the event.
The success at Augusta was also Woods’ chance to celebrate on course with his family. Many of them were waiting for him at the 18th hole on the final day to hug him after he holed his final putt.
St Andrew’s Success Would be Fitting
Woods has won the Open Championship three times during his career. He first lifted the Claret Jug at St Andrew’s in 2000. Many described his performance that week in Scotland as one of the most dominant in Major Championship history. He finished with a score of -19, eight shots clear of the field.
It is so rare for an Open to be dominated the way Woods did in 2000. The American then returned to the home of golf in 2005, where once again he was victorious at the Old Course. Although the margin of victory wasn’t as large, he relished the challenge the course presented.
A third win at St Andrew’s would be a fine achievement for Woods. He will be doing everything he can to ensure he is fit and ready to tee off at the event in July.