With his tumultuous 2015 season now finished, Tiger Woods will have some significant time off before beginning his 2016 season. Will he improve from 2015? The GOLF Magazine Top 100 teachers think so.
Sixty-nine percent of the teachers believe that Woods will win at least one Tour event next season, although 29 percent believe he will be winless but continue to improve. Just 2 percent said he will not improve upon a year in which he amassed just one top 10 finish in 11 Tour events.
Despite their general optimism, no teacher said they think Woods will win a major next season.
Also, following up on Davis Love III's win at the Wyndham Championship, the teachers were asked if they could see a golfer 50 or older win a major. Again, they were optimistic.
Sixty-two percent of the teachers polled said they think it will happen.
“Yes. Phil has a great chance, and don’t ever count out Freddie Couples at Augusta,” said Jerry King of Makena Golf & Beach Club.
Carol Preisinger, of The Kiawah Island Club, was among the 38 percent which disagreed.
“Not with all the young guns out there and the distance required to compete on the courses played in a major.”
A player over 50 winning a major would almost be a made-for-Hollywood story, which, in leiu of a new golf movie, “Tommy’s Honour” reaching production stages, begs the question: What is the best golf movie of all-time?
"Caddyshack" was the heavy favorite among the Top 100 teachers, earning 78 percent of the vote. "The Greatest Game Ever Played" took the second-place spot with just 8 percent of the vote. "The Legend of Bagger Vance," "Tin Cup" and "Follow the Sun" all received votes.