Myers: Tiger Woods 'really likes this spot' to contend at PGA Championship


Tiger Woods made his long-anticipated return to competitive golf last month at Augusta National because he believed he had a legitimate chance to win a record-tying sixth green jacket at The Masters. He fell short of accomplishing his goal, finishing the tournament in 47th place with a 13-over par 301. But he managed to play four rounds, and overcame pain in his surgically repaired leg. And he's entering the PGA Championship with that same winning mindset.

During a press conference at Southern Hills on Tuesday, Woods told reporters that he "definitely" can contend for the major, and also expressed confidence in his ability to navigate a course that's far less difficult than Augusta National. He won the PGA Championship at Southern Hills in August 2007, and although he's still working his way back from a devastating car crash, Golf Digest writer Alex Myers senses that the 46-year-old Woods will make some Sunday noise.

"The fact he's been practicing a lot harder... He's putting in the effort. I think he actually does believe he can contend this week," Myers explained to The Zach Gelb Show on Wednesday. "And then you throw in the fact, not a lot of players know a lot about this course, at least before this week. I mean, even Tiger, having won here in 2007, knows that it's undergone some changes...

"Tiger's one of the few people who played in that 2007 event. So, I think he knows that he's got that little edge. It's a course he likes, a course you have to shape shots on. It's a course where the short-game will be tested. I think he really likes this spot here. I know everyone's pointing toward St. Andrews, and of course he thinks he can play well there. But I definitely think he has a better shot here than he did at Augusta."

Woods sustained serious injuries in a single-car crash in February 2021, near Los Angeles. He suffered open fractures to his lower right leg, and had a rod inserted in his tibia and screws and pins inserted in his foot and ankle during emergency surgery. Prior to the Masters tournament in April, the last time he had played in a PGA Tour event was at the 2020 Masters. He finished tied for 38th, with a 1-under par 287.

Scottie Scheffler, who entered The Masters as the world's top-ranked golfer, won his first-career major and captured the green jacket with a 10-under 278. He's currently the favorite to win the 104th edition of the PGA Championship, while Woods' odds sit at 60-to-1, per the William Hill Sportsbook. Woods will begin his opening round at 9:11 a.m. ET on Thursday morning, and if he wins the tournament, he'll claim his 16th-career major.

The entire golf conversation between Myers and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.

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