THE PGA TOUR: WHAT COMES NEXT AND ANY CHANCE OF A TIGER VICTORY?

Tiger Woods is on the cusp of something, an elusive title and we are all rooting for him, even his competitors. We look at what chances he has with what’s left on the calendar…

This should really be about the upcoming PGA Tour events, but the truth is one person is going to be the focus of every lens, should he be present at the events- Tiger Woods.

Woods, 42, is the most popular and successful golfer of this generation and therefore, his rise, fall, and injuries are no news, but his comeback is very much hot cake and the talk of the town. He won’t feature at the Houston Open which begins on March 29th and the last time we saw him action was at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and he was finishing fifth after finishing second at the Valspar Championship. Tiger is so much news, he is the favorite (yes, you read right) to wear the green jacket come April 8th. Woods has been playing the best golf we’ve seen from him in a while and that has been enough to make him a favorite for one of the grand slams of the year, it may just be the beginning of a Tiger roar back to the fore of golf.

Before Tiger’s return, there was Justin Thomas, current leader of the tour in earnings this year. Thomas made the semi-finals of the Match Play and is looking to carry the fine form he’s shown this season, into the Masters.

All of the big names have been tuning up for Augusta; Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson, with McIlroy and Johnson tailing Woods closely as odds on favorites. Then we’ve got the outsiders and wild cards waiting to make it big, defending champion Sergio Garcia, last year’s European Rookie of the year Jon Rahm and last year’s U.S Open runner-up Hideki Matsuyama.

A rising Justin Thomas has to face an old guard in the resurgent Tiger Woods, if he is going to make the argument of whether he is here to stay, but with all the old foes and new budding talent looking to make a statement, it may just be like old times for a roaring Tiger.

Of course, there’ll be life after The Masters, the RBC Heritage comes up in Harbor Town, before the tour heads to San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open, Louisiana for the Zurich Classic, and then Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship. However, all eyes are solely on the Masters, as whatever else the year holds will depend on who wears the green jacket come April 8th.