Will Tiger Woods End His Title Drought at the PGA Championship?
Woods is among the favorites to win the final major of the men’s golf season.
At the Masters and U.S. Open, Tiger Woods looked so bad on the course that it seemed as if the victory he secured at the 2008 U.S. Open would likely be his last major win of a career that started out so strong.
Then, at the British Open, Woods came out of nowhere to lead on Sunday at a major for the first time since the 2009 PGA Championship before ultimately finishing tied for sixth place.
Despite the disappointing finish, the performance was enough to convince some that Woods will be in the hunt once again at this weekend’s PGA Championship and he has been installed as a co-favorite to win the event along with Dustin Johnson at 12-1.
Following Woods and Johnson are a sextet of golfers (Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, and Justin Thomas) at 15-1 followed by a number of others at 20-1.
However, even though Vegas seems to be betting on Woods, ESPN’s golf experts are skeptical of his chances.
“There seem to be too many things going against him,” said expert Bob Harig. “The deepest field of all the majors. A poor performance at Firestone in which he showed he needs to work out several issues, including his accuracy off the tee and putting. A short prep time for Bellerive and having to balance practice versus his physical well-being. And while Woods said it wasn’t an issue, he was clearly fighting some standard lower back tightness.”
Harig’s colleague, Ian O’Connor, agrees with him but also said he does think Woods will have at least one more major win before all is said and done.
“I do believe he will win a 15th major title,” O’Connor said. “I do think it will happen sooner rather than later, sometime in the next couple of years. I do think Carnoustie was a significant step toward winning. I do think it’s possible it will happen this week at the PGA. But I also believe Tiger will have better chances at Augusta National and at The Open, where the speed of the course and quirky links bounces give the old guys better than a puncher’s chance.”
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