Paul McGinley writes off Tiger’s chances at PGA Championship

The first Major of the season commences this week at TPC Harding Park with a lot of attention being focused on past Major champions adding to their trophy cabinet.

Brooks Koepka is seeking to make history by winning his third PGA Championship in a row, becoming the first to do so since Walter Hagen won four consecutive titles from 1924-27. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy hopes his six-year major drought ends with his third PGA victory.

Tiger Woods is looking to win his fifth career PGA Championship and 16th Major overall but European Tour stalwart Paul McGinley doesn’t think he will triumph this time around.

He said in his column with Sky Sports: “I wouldn’t really be fancying Tiger Woods this week for two reasons. He has played so little post-lockdown and it’s hard, even if you’re Tiger, to raise your game against the quality of players he’ll be up against this week.

“Those players have all played a lot of golf, whereas he’s played just one event. There’s obviously some issues with injuries and his body.


“The second thing is the weather forecast is not particularly warm this week. We’re down to the low 60s in San Francisco and the course is on Lake Merced, not far from the ocean, so it’s going to be quite cool.

“What we have seen – and what Tiger has talked about – is that he needs a bit of heat for his back to give him the flexibility that he needs to play. Although you can never discount a player of his calibre, I would be surprised if he was contending on the leaderboard come Sunday.”

Woods has been written off on plenty of occasions since returning from injury and off-course issues so I don’t think anybody doubting his chances this week will cause the 44 year old any sleepless nights.

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