Tiger Woods ended the 2018 PGA season winning the Tour Championship. It capped off a remarkable season that saw the 14-time major winner flirt with tournament major titles for the first time in years. It also witnessed Woods return to the PGA Tour’s money leader list top 10 for the first time in five years. Golf fans can stay up to date on the latest odds courtesy of Bet365 in Canada and never miss a PGA event. Woods’ performances in 2018 have led many to believe his next major victory is right around the corner. Many PGA insiders also feel the golf great could return to the top of the golf world. Woods will need to win another major tournament if he is to be No. 1 once again.
Can Woods keep his momentum going?
Woods had a great second half of the 2018 PGA Tour season. He played just five tournaments leading up to the 2018 Masters. Although Woods achieved his first PGA tournament top five finish in March at the Valspar Championship, he was unable to replicate it at the Masters. His lack of tournament play showed with a 32ndplace finish in Augusta.
Things didn’t get much better when Woods went to the U.S. Open. The odds clearly weren’t for him, as this source says. He played well in round two of the tournament, but missed the cut and crashed out of the event, as most of the golf fans were expecting.
The Open Championship saw Woods achieve his first major top 10 finish since 2013. Woods ended the tournament tied for sixth before challenging Brooks Koepka for the PGA Championship title into the final round of the tournament. Woods ended the PGA Championship in second place and the tour saw its ratings sky-rocket thanks to the golf legend.
A year older
Woods can certainly continue his great play into 2019, but he is now 43. Time is catching up with him while many of the emerging stars on the PGA Tour are at least 15 years younger. Injuries may also play a part in Woods’ attempts to win another major tournament.
In April 2017, Woods underwent surgery to reduce pain in his back and legs. It was his fourth back surgery in four years. The injuries may have played a part in his early season major performances in 2018. As the American gets older, he is more susceptible to injury especially having suffered back problems for years now.
Woods is set to play six to seven tournaments in preparation for the Masters. The five-time Augusta tournament winner may not fancy travelling to tournaments around the globe like he did in years past. But Woods has his eyes on winning at least one last major.
In December 2018, Woods finished out a great comeback year on a sour note. He finished second-to-last at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. It was a massive let down following the year he had already had.
Woods’ Jekyll and Hyde performances indicate anything can happen in 2019. He could play the tournament of his life or put in a performance well below his standards. If Woods is going to win a 15thmajor, and first since 2008, then he will need to play the best golf of his career. Unfortunately, the consistency doesn’t seem to be there.