Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are considered by many to be the two greatest golfers to ever play the sport. Between them, they have won 33 Major Championships.
Woods is three behind Nicklaus in the major tallies and he will be hoping to close the gap later this year. One of the tournaments he will be looking forward to the most is the Open Championship, as it will take place on the Old Course at St Andrews. He has been victorious twice before at the venue in the British-based major.
Nicklaus also used to thrive at St Andrews. All three of the Claret Jugs he won came at the Scottish course. If Woods can finish ahead of the field this year, where he is +3300 in the golf betting with Paddy Power to do so, he will match the Golden Bear.
Before he heads to Scotland, Woods is set to feature in the US Open, the third major on the calendar in the golf this year. He has US Open odds of +6600. The former world number one will be hoping to fare better than he did at the US Masters and US PGA Championship when he tees off at the Country Club.
Woods’ Career Far from Over
When he was involved in a car accident in February 2021, many did not believe they would see the Woods on a golf course again. He had to overcome a long rehabilitation process just to be able to walk again.
The five-time US Masters winner surprised many of his supporters when he featured at Augusta for the opening major of the year back in April. Although he was not in contention for the trophy on the final day, he made the cut, eventually finishing in 47th place, which gave him something positive to build upon for the rest of the year.
Woods is likely to pick and choose which tournaments he enters now at the back end of his career. The majors are expected to take priority as he bids to add to the 15th victory he recorded when he won the 2019 US Masters.
2000 Victory at St Andrews Long Lives in Memory
If he walks out at St Andrews later this year, Woods is likely to get positive memories from the course at which he has had so much success. His performance there in 2000 has been described as the most dominant display ever seen in a Major Championship.
His victory in the 2000 tournament was his second straight major win, as he went into it following victory at the 2000 US Open. He was full of confidence, hitting fairway after fairway, and avoiding every bunker across the four days.
Woods finished his 72 holes with a score of 19-under par. It left him eight strokes clear of the rest of the players on the field. He was on a different level to everybody else, which left his rivals fighting for second place.
A Woods win at the 2022 Open Championship would not only top what he achieved at Augusta in 2019, but it may even rank as the greatest sporting comeback in history.
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