It’s time for Tiger Woods’ majors drought to end, according to the golfer’s former swing coach.
Instructor Hank Haney, who parted ways with Woods in 2010, made a strong case for Woods and picked him to win the British Open during a Monday interview with SiriusXM PGA Tour. The Open Championship tees off Thursday in Scotland.
Woods has not won a major since 2008 (the U.S. Open) and last won the British Open in 2006. But Haney believes Woods’ experience will be the difference-maker based on the anticipated course conditions at Carnoustie Golf Links. A victory would give Woods a historic 15 major championships.
“I actually didn’t think Tiger was gonna win a major this year,” said Haney, who was Woods’ swing coach from 2004-2010. “But I didn’t think they were going to have conditions like this at the Open Championship. Of the four majors they play, the Open Championship is the most different. It is the one where experience matters the most.
“… Tiger Woods has more experience winning in these conditions than any other player. I think that’s why he’s gonna win the Open Championship. That’s my early call on this one.”
Haney’s prediction of a Woods victory comes as the golfer has returned in his best health since his heyday — when he was the No. 1 golfer in the world. Woods hasn’t been in top form in 2018, but he’s shown flashes of his former self with three top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour, including his first top-five finish since 2013, when he tied for second at the Valspar Championship. Woods’ previous comeback attempts were marred by injuries, namely ongoing back issues. A spinal fusion surgery kept him out for 2017.