Never Write Tiger Woods Off At Augusta National

Injuries have plagued Tiger Woods in recent years, but when he is playing well it would be unwise to rule him out at Augusta National.

Never Write Tiger Woods Off At Augusta National
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Injuries have plagued Tiger Woods in recent years, but when he is playing well it would be unwise to rule him out at Augusta National.

Never Write Tiger Woods Off At Augusta National

Many believed Tiger Woods was finished but last years win at The Masters, and victories at the 2018 Tour Championship and 2019 ZOZO Championship, which subsequently tied him with Sam Snead for the most PGA Tour wins ever, proved that Tiger in form is still capable of winning.

So the question remains, could Tiger win again at Augusta in 2020?

Well in terms of form he really has not played that much golf of late thanks to a workload management situation, we assume because of his back.

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Tiger celebrates in 2005 (Getty Images)

So let's ignore the form somewhat and instead acknowledge something else. Tiger Woods clearly has a love affair with Augusta National like no other.

Since making his Masters debut in 1995 as an amateur, the 44-year old has featured twenty-two times in golf's most prestigious event putting together 12 top-5 finishes.

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It did not take long for Tiger to get accustomed to Augusta National. It took him just three events to record his record-breaking win there in 1997 where he won by 12 shots. He was only 21-years old.

Nick Faldo presents Tiger with his 1st Green Jacket in 1997 (Getty Images)

Since then, he has won a further four times including 2005 whee he pulled off THAT chip.

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He has missed the cut just once; in 1996 at his second Masters tournament. That disappointment clearly did not effect his confidence as he would blitz the field a year later.

And let's not forget that Tiger battled some of the finest golfers in the world in last years tournament. He outlasted Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Francesco Molinari and other world-class players to win his 15th Major title. Absolutely nobody knew Tiger still had the ability to play at that level in him. So why couldn't he do the same in 2020?

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Tiger Woods celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Masters in 2019 (Getty Images)

As alluded to above, many people still question Tiger's fitness, but Woods has defied expectations his whole life.

The 15-time Major Champion may not be the same player that dominated world golf for prolonged periods, but he is still Tiger Woods and as long as Tiger Woods is competing, you simply cannot write him off. Especially at Augusta.

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Sam Tremlett
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A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.

Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website, whilst he is also responsible for all content related to golf apparel. 

He also oversees all Tour player content as well so if you need to know what clubs Tiger or Rory has in play, Sam is the person to ask. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 

Sam's What's In The Bag: 

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees) 

Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees) 

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚ 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Infinity NEXT%/Cuater The Ringer