April 09, 2019

Tiger Woods’ Expectations Entering 2019 Masters: ‘I Feel Like I Can Win’

Dan Kilbridge, author for Golfweek

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tiger Woods’ big picture outlook on the game of golf has not changed much over the years. The goal is to peak four times a year, everything slowly building toward the majors months in advance.

That process started for Woods around the same time he made his 2019 debut at Torrey Pines and it led him here, to Augusta National, where he begins his 22nd Masters with an 11:04 a.m. opening-round tee time Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Haotong Li.

He was in a much different place last year, when he returned to the Masters for the first time since 2015. The comeback was still in its early stages. Uncertainty at the beginning of the season drastically altered the preparation process.

Seventeen starts and one Tour Championship victory later, Woods seems more certain of one thing ahead of the 2019 Masters.

“I feel like I can win,” Woods said during a Tuesday afternoon press conference. “I’ve proven that I can do it and I put myself there with a chance to win the last two major championships of the year last year. I was right there and just needed to have a couple more things to go my way and not throw away a couple of shots here and there, which I was able to do at East Lake. … I’ve worked my way back into one of the players that can win events.”…


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