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

Never Write Tiger Woods Off At Augusta National

There will be many that think Tiger Woods is finished. Injuries have ravaged his career in the past years and multiple comebacks from injury have repeatedly ended in misery.

However, Woods is back playing again and if his recent form is anything to go by, then it would be unwise to bet against Tiger at the Masters.

He returned at the Hero World Challenge in December of last year and put together three good rounds in the sixties to secure a tie for ninth place. A third round 75 was his only poor showing.

Since then he has played in four more tournaments, resulting in a tied 23rd at the Farmers Insurance Open, a missed cut at the Genesis Open, and a twelfth at the Honda Classic.

Finally he came tied second at the Valspar Championship, and it could have been one better had his putter worked on the final round.

 

Valspar: Tiger came tied second in Florida (Getty Images)

So Tiger is on some sort of form which should make any golfer or fan take notice. And what is clear, is Woods has a love affair with Augusta National like no other.

Since making his Masters debut in 1995 as an amateur, the 41-year old has featured twenty times in golf’s most prestigious event.

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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.

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

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Nine more appearances have seen top eight finishes. A further four have ended with top 22 finishes. 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.

Let’s not forget what he has achieved in the game. Tiger Woods is a 14-time Major Champion. He has won 106 times around the world in his professional career. It would be unwise to rule out someone with that pedigree; regardless of his injury woes.

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As alluded to above, many people think Tiger is done and will not win another Major, but Woods has defied expectations his whole life.

The 14-time Major Champion may not be the same player that dominated world golf for prolonged periods in the last decade, 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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