PGA Tour: Can Tiger Woods Win a Major Trophy in 2018?
Tiger Woods has his swagger back. You can see it in his swing and you can most definitely see it in his smile. Woods has 14 major titles to his name, but he hasn’t captured one since 2008 when he took home the U.S. Open championship in a playoff.
Woods still sits 4 majors behind Jack Nicklaus for the all-time lead and that may be an insurmountable feat, considering the struggles the American has faced on and off the golf course. However, it is not crazy to think Woods can win at least 1 major title in 2018.
Sure, this is not the same Tiger Woods that once dominated the game and instilled fear in opponents, regardless of the course or the setting. Woods’ competition is much fiercer, so winning another major will be difficult for the 42-year-old, who has suffered through back and knee injuries over the last past 10 years.
On the flip side, we haven’t seen Tiger swing a club with so much power and grace since he was winning all those majors. Already in 2018 Woods has had two top-10 finishes — the Honda Classic where he finished 2nd and the Arnold Palmer Invitational, placing 5th overall.
Bodog oddsmakers have pegged Woods at +350 to win at least 1 major in 2018. That may come as soon as this week when Woods steps on Augusta National GC for the 2018 Masters Tournament — a championship he has won four times. Going into the Masters, Woods is an enticing +1400 underdog to claim the title. Considering how healthy Woods is, coupled with his success on the Augusta National stage, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Tiger in the running to win a 15th major and capture a fifth Green Jacket.
The problem for Woods is getting by the PGA Tour’s Big 3 stars — Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson. Gone are the days where Tiger’s biggest competition was Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia. If Woods wants to win a major, he’ll most definitely have to go through one of those three power hitters.
While Woods is more than capable of winning a single major, is it possible that he can win 2? Woods has not accomplished that feat since 2006, when he captured The Open Championship and the PGA Championship. In 2000, Tiger nearly completed the Grand Slam, winning 3 of the 4 majors but to do that again will be asking a lot from the 42-year-old.
Bodog also has a Tigers Woods Special offer on whether he will break Jack Nicklaus’ majors record of 18. Of course, even if Woods won all four majors in 2018 that would only tie the great Nicklaus for the all-time lead. Bettors who believe Woods can surpass Jack’s major mark may want to jump in now as Bodog is offering a +3300 line.
Of all the majors this season, Woods’ best chance to win one will come at the Masters or the PGA Championship. By the end of the year, expect the 14-time major winner to add a 15th to his resume.
Tiger Woods 2018 Majors: 1 (+350)
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