Could 2018 be the Year Tiger Woods Finally Returns to Form?

To say the last five years of Tiger Woods’ career have been a rollercoaster would be a grave understatement. And, unfortunately for the 42-year-old Californian, there have been precious few golfing highs to match the lows.

Woods made just 19 PGA Tour appearances between 2014 and 2017, achieving a solitary top 10 finish in that period. To put that into context, in the year 2000, the former prodigy featured in 21 events, winning no less than nine of them.

But having featured in just one event between 2016 and 2017, what does 2018 hold for the former world number one?

A 2018 Comeback for Woods?

2017 was another eventful year for Tiger. A brief early-season return was interrupted by a back injury that required surgery, followed by a DUI arrest in May, and, finally, a return to the fairway in December with an impressive Hero World Challenge appearance that saw Woods tie in ninth with eight under par.

But, according to a reflective New Year message published on his website, Woods says he would “love to play a full schedule in 2018”. He has, however, conceded that a full schedule remains unlikely as his body continues to rebuild following surgery and the demands of back-to-back events may prove a bit too much just yet.

But that’s not to say you shouldn’t expect to see a lot more of Tiger Woods in 2018. Indeed, the latest golf betting odds see him at 25/1 to win The Open this year. Britain’s number one golf tournament is set to take place at Carnoustie in Scotland in 2018 and Woods could lift the title for a fourth time if he appears at the tournament for the first time since missing the cut in 2015.

Where Will Tiger Woods Play in 2018?

Regardless of how many appearances Tiger will go on to make in 2018, he also confirmed in his New Year message that he hopes to play at the Genesis Open in February at the Riviera Country Club – going on to reminisce about the event, discussing the tournament’s importance to him, especially as it was the first PGA Tour event he took part in – and at the tender age of just 16.

Other planned appearances for Woods at the start of 2018 will see him head to Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open at the end of January, followed by the Genesis Open, before an eight-week break ahead of the season’s first major at the Masters.

The eagerly anticipated 2018 Masters in Augusta has seen 2015 winner Jordan Spieth installed as the 9/1 favourite, with familiar faces Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Rickie Fowler also considered serious contenders. Similarly to The Open, Tiger Woods is a 25/1 shot to win his first Masters title since 2005. Of course, Woods is one of the most successful ever players at Augusta, with only Jack Nicklaus’ record six Masters titles bettering Woods’ four.