The Golf Historian’s answer would simply be no, Tiger Woods will not come back and win the 2013 Open Championship, even if he is only two shots behind the leader Lee Westwood and is in the second-to-last pairing tomorrow. The reason the historian would say that is because Woods has never won a major with at least a share of the lead in all 14 majors he has won.
That being said, Muirfield has been playing extremely difficult all week, as there are only three players currently under par out of the entire field despite having no rain at all in the first three days. Additionally, it was said that Tiger, once in the lead in the final round, doesn’t lose. That all changed when in 2009, Yang Yong-eun, or more commonly known as Y.E. Yang, came back and won the PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.
So despite having never done it before, if one were betting on the final round today, one would be foolish to bet against Woods tomorrow. He is long overdue for a major win since he hasn’t won one since 2008. That’s when he won the U.S. Open in what was nothing less than a heroic performance as he virtually did an 18-hole playoff plus one additional sudden death hole on one leg as he did it on a torn ACL and a double stress fracture of his left tibia.
All and all, it should be an entertaining final round tomorrow, as the coverage begins on ESPN bright and early at 6am Eastern Time.