Just few days ago in the Hero World Challenge which ended with 24-year old Matsuyama emerging winner, Woods Caddie, Joe LaCava said: “You never know what’s going to happen, but he looks good walking, he looks good over the ball, and he looks good when he’s done playing, so those are all positives.”
However, if Woods plans to challenge the millennial, he has to put in more effort and work harder.
The winner of the Hero World Challenge, 23-year old Jordan Spieth who finished this year tied for sixth, was of the notion that the next step forward for Woods would have to be to play back to back in the upcoming tournaments just like he did during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.
However, for now, Woods hopes to play a full schedule in 2017, which for him means 15 to 20 events, and he plans to be smart about it.
Woods next competitive start should come next month, either in the PGA Tour stop in San Diego, or the United Arab Emirates, which would be his first full-field event with a cut since August 2015.
Woods will be clocking 41 years old later this December, and he is not too old to add some more victories to his 79 PGA Tour victories, considering that this year’s British Open was won by Henrik Stenson three months after he (Stenson) had clocked 40, while in August, 46 year old Jim Furyk had carded a 58.
However, winning nine times in a season is something that’s quite unimaginable for now and Henrik Stenson had said,
“I think it would be hard, where golf is at right now, to be as dominant as Tiger was, even if Tiger were to play as good as he did in 2000.”