If Woods says he hasn’t felt this good in years, the rest of the PGA should be scared. We’re talking about one of the greatest golfers ever coming back to the Tour healthier than he’s ever been. Major championships are going to flow.
When he was at his peak, no one could touch Woods. He won the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg, giving him a 14-0 record in major tournaments with a lead heading into the final day. He won’t be the same golfer, but he will still be good enough to win a major.
Age shouldn’t be an issue. Jack Nicklaus won his last major at 46 years old. Raymond Floyd also won a major tournament at 43 years old. Woods is no spring chicken at 41, but he has plenty of time to win a major when he’s back.
Golf has seen many players win major tournaments well into their 40s. Woods' ability to win those tournaments at a younger age in dominating fashion bodes well for his ability to take a couple now that he's healthy.
Woods was done before the surgery and he was done after the surgery. He hasn’t won a golf tournament, let alone a major tournament since 2013. Just because Woods was a great golfer nearly a decade ago doesn’t mean he will make a miraculous recovery and be great again.
Vertebrae fusions are no joke. Just because Woods feels good, doesn’t mean he will retain the flexibility needed in his back to play pain free, or generate the same amount of power. And age doesn’t help the body recover any quicker.
Golfers won't lay down and die, neither. The competition has evolved since Woods went down. Jordan Spieth has burst onto the scene, and Dustin Johnson sits atop the FedEx Cup Standings, and probably likes it that way. Woods may have been the king before, but these young guns aren't going to give him an inch just because he's Tiger Woods.
Woods might be able to play golf, but his history of injuries doesn’t tell an optimistic tale of his chances to win another major. Even before the surgery, Woods’ results left a lot to be desired. Unless that surgery was performed in the Fountain of Youth, he will never win another major tournament.
Aside from Woods' slumping form, legal troubles are preventing him from playing golf at a high level. From his highly publicized divorce to his latest DUI, Woods' distractions keep piling up. His lack of control in his personal life is a red flag saying his career as a major winning golfer is over.