PGA Championship: Can Tiger Woods win his 16th major championship this week at Southern Hills?

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PGA Championship: Tiger Woods will compete in the PGA Championship this week, but what can we expect from the 15-time major champion at Southern Hills?

Last month, Woods finished 47th at The Masters, his first top-level appearance in over 17 months following a career-threatening automobile accident, and compared his return to “climbing Everest.”

The 46-year-old confessed that the aftermath of his efforts at the year’s first men’s major “wasn’t fun,” but feels that he will be able to play courses that aren’t as undulating as Augusta National.

For the opening two rounds, Woods has been grouped with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth at Southern Hills, where he won the most recent of his four PGA Championship wins in 2007. Brandel Chamblee believes Woods may yet add to his major total.

“I don’t know if his body is ever going to let him fully do what his mind is capable of, but under the right circumstances it’s not unusual for these great players to have their renaissance moments,” Chamblee told Golf Channel. “You could say Tiger has already his renaissance moment at the 2019 Masters but here is back, he looks like he’s moving around fine, the swing looks great and the ball speed his up to 175mph.

“For Tiger, victory is once again a possibility. There are two or three of them. That may happen, and you could see him doing it at a major championship in the right circumstances.

“I don’t think Tiger is going to have the luxury of what he had in 2007, he’s going to have to hit that driver more, but I do think that the driver swing he has right now is a better swing than the one he had in 2007.”

A brand-new Tiger?

Woods had a terrific start at The Masters with a one-under 71 that placed him in contention early on, but he faded with a second-round 74 and back-to-back 78s over the weekend, but veteran PGA Tour player Brad Faxon is backing him for a solid start in Tulsa.

“He’s hitting it farther, his swing looks better, and we saw how well he drove it at The Masters, especially at the first tee, which is generally a difficult tee shot for him,” Faxon said. “I expect Tiger to get out to a quick start – perhaps we’ll see something similar to what we saw at Pebble Beach in 2000 when he shot 65 and went on to have a historic week.”

“I see a mature Tiger Woods right now. When I listened to him speak I hear someone listening to his body. Tiger’s much more likeable now by fans and other players, and I think he’s a person with a desire that can be a big factor in his major championship.

“I think he has always had the motivation to beat Jack Nicklaus’ records and to win another major championship. Could 18 be possibly in his mind? I think this week is going to be a big test for him. I don’t think we’ll ever see the Tiger Woods of old, but the new Tiger Woods is still pretty darn good!”

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