Golf fans around the world rejoiced when Tiger Woods celebrated the two-foot putt that gave him a fifth green jacket at the 2019 Masters. It had been an 11-year drought at the majors, the four tournaments that draw the biggest names in golf. After a recent loss, however, fans wonder if Woods can keep winning in 2020.
A long-awaited Masters win
At one time in Woods’ career, exceeding Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major wins seemed like a foregone conclusion. But after his 14th major win in a playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open, Woods experienced a string of personal and professional disappointments.
The 2019 Masters not only thrilled fans, but gave them hope that perhaps the man considered by many to be the GOAT in all ways except major wins could pull off another string of victories.
But 2019 didn’t yield any more major wins for Woods. Indeed, his only other success came at Japan’s Zozo Championship. There, he bested Hideki Matsuyama by three shots and joined Sam Snead in a tie for the most PGA Tour wins, 82, in a career. This victory, coming in October, was credited to the 2020 season anyway.
Could Woods win again in 2020?
Tiger Woods’ year to date
After a lackluster performance and 68th-place finish at the 2020 Genesis Invitational, it wouldn’t be surprising to write off Woods for the year. With significant prior issues with his back and knees, the 44-year-old is just months past a fifth knee surgery. Who knows if Woods struggled due to a physical issue? He’s always been tight-lipped about his physical condition.
Woods’ fans can take note, though, that there are a few reasons why he didn’t play well this past week. As the tournament host at the Genesis, Woods had a lot on his plate. He’s performed exceptionally at Riviera in the past, but he’s never had a win on the famed Southern Cal track. Of course, if Woods’ putter is cold, as it was at Riviera, he holds little chance of landing atop the leaderboard.
The 2020 Masters is just over a month away. We may see an entirely different Woods at Augusta. He’s always been more hyped up for majors, and he knows the course intimately. Experience pays off at the Masters, giving him an edge over the newest crop of talented younger golfers like Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas.
Looking ahead: Where will Woods win?
Where else will Woods play in an attempt to earn an 83rd career victory and take the top spot of all-time wins?
While he’s not one to publicize his schedule ahead of time, he’ll likely play the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Players Championship and Memorial, in addition to the majors. If he qualifies, he may also compete in the 2020 Olympics and PGA Tour playoff events, like the Tour Championship.
With Woods’ mental toughness and course knowledge, he could easily earn another big win. The 2020 Masters may be his best chance of getting another major. If he achieves 16 total major trophies, it wouldn’t be out of the question for him to win another two and tie Nicklaus.
A young Woods posted a complete list of the Golden Bear’s major wins on his bedroom wall. And an older Woods wouldn’t put it out of the realm of possibility to finally tie the record he’s dreamed of forever.
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