On April 4, Tiger Woods registered for the 2016 U.S. Open.
Yes, you read that right. The 2000, 2002, and 2008 U.S. Open champion will be there once again to battle this year’s defender Jordan Spieth.
Tiger has not played in a tournament yet this season, as he has been trying to recover from two back surgeries. But, he has been swinging the club. Not just golf fans, but sports fans all around the world have been waiting to see if Tiger can return to his original form.
Last year, Woods had his worst 36-hole performance of his career in the 2015 U.S. open, going 16-over and badly missing the cut. This year, assuming he doesn’t pull his name from the tournament, he’s probably looking for something a little better than that. Simply making the cut will do wonders for his confidence, and will show us that there’s hope for future Tiger, who is now into his 40s.
His age certainly isn’t the concern. Phil Mickelson is just over a month away from 46 and, although he hasn’t won a major since the 2013 Open Championship, he is still playing competitive golf at a very high level.
So am I saying Tiger still has another major left in him? It’s hard to say, not having seen him in a tournament since the 2015 season. But, from what I do know about Tiger, I would say one more major is definitely in reach.