Fantasy Golf: Should You Start Tiger Woods in the Majors This Season?
It is the big question when every new golf season comes around. It’s not the question of which new PGA player will rise up and challenge to be No. 1 in the world, and it’s not the question of will anyone win the grand slam this season. The biggest question going into every new PGA season is will Tiger Woods win a major championship? If you are a fantasy golf player, this is a very important question to ask.
To answer this question, let’s examine the golf courses that all of the majors will be played at this season to see what type of chance that Tiger has to win a major and help you win in your fantasy golf matchups.
The Masters: Augusta National
This is a tournament that Tiger Woods is very familiar with playing. His first major championship of his career came at Augusta National, and he has won four Green Jackets in his career. This is the best chance that Tiger Woods has in winning a major this season. Since 2005, Tiger Woods has either won or finished in the top-10 every year but 2012 when he finished at five-over in 40th place. Look for Tiger to be driven to finally finish the job at Augusta this season and win his first major since the 2008 U.S. Open.
The U.S. Open: Pinehurst Resort, Course No. 2
The U.S. Open was the last major championship that Tiger Woods won in 2008. He had a record-setting win in 2000 at Pebble Beach and has had many good outings in this tournament as well as some bad ones. This season, the U.S. Open is returning to Pinehurst Resort, Course No. 2. Do you want to know the last time Tiger Woods has won at this golf course? It was in 1992 in the Big I Junior Classic. Yeah, you may want to check out other options besides Tiger Woods when the U.S. Open comes around in June.
The Open Championship: Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake
When you think of the Open Championship, one thinks of tall grass with “fair” weather, the wind blowing like crazy and of course Jean van de Velde taking his socks of trying to hit a shot from the water before finally collapsing to lose the title. This year, the tournament is headed back to the Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake. In 2006, Tiger Woods won the Open Championship at Hoylake. Woods’ game is exceptional for the Open Championship because of his stinging iron shots and his excellent putting game. If you want to play Tiger Woods for your Open Championship week, that would be a great idea. Look for him to be in the top-5 if not holding the Claret Jug.
The PGA Championship: Valhalla Golf Club
In 2014, Tiger Woods will be going back to a place where he won the PGA Championship in 2000, Valhalla Golf Club. It was here that Tiger defeated Bob May in a three-hole playoff to cap off a historic 2000 season for Woods. It was also here where he had one of his most iconic shots of his career where he walked a birdie putt in on the second playoff hole and then pointed the ball down into the cup on his way to victory. Can Tiger repeat here? I think he has a better chance here than at most courses, but this one is your call to start him or not. I would say it would be 50-50 either way, but 50-50 for Woods is better than a 50-50 for anyone else.
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