Tiger Woods will ‘without a doubt’ win again on PGA Tour this year with Masters in sight

Tiger Woods’ return to the PGA Tour was cut short last week after he was forced to withdraw from the Genesis Invitational through illness – in yet another fitness setback

 

 

Tiger Woods has been backed to add a record-breaking 83rd PGA Tour victory to his CV at some point this season, despite his ongoing battles with fitness.

 

 

Woods made his first appearance of the campaign at the Genesis Invitational last week, but has often been the case in recent years, his comeback was cut short. After a carding a one-over-par 72 in last Thursday’s opening round at Riviera, his week came to an end just six holes into round two after he opted to withdraw.

 

 

 

After beginning Friday’s play with a birdie, two bogeys and three pars, the 15-time major champion called quits on his week, after he was carted off the course due to struggling with illness.

 

 

 

 

On the back of his withdrawal, an ambulance arrived at the event but Woods opted to later depart by car. He later revealed that his decision to pull out came after struggling with influenza. “I would like to confirm that I had to withdraw from @thegenesisinv due to illness, which we now know is influenza,” he said on social media. “I am resting and feeling better.”

 

 

The illness was the latest setback for Woods and his body, who has battled a whole host of injury issues in recent years on the back of a car crash in Los Angeles in February 2021. There were concerns that he would not return to action at all on the back of his accident three years ago, but he made a remarkable comeback at the 2022 Masters.

 

 

 

Tiger Woods withdrew from last week’s Genesis Invitational(Getty Images)

Since then though Woods has featured just six times on the PGA Tour, withdrawing on three occasions including last Friday. Despite this a fellow former champion in Dame Laura Davies believes the former world No. 1 still has what it takes to become the PGA Tour’s most successful PGA Tour playerof all time outright.

 

Gideon Canice

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