Graeme McDowell says he believes it’s the PGA Tour’s talent level, and not injuries, which ultimately stands in Tiger Woods’ way of a 15th major. “There’s a lot of great players in the world now and everyone’s getting better” said the Northern Irishman.
A back injury is keeping Woods from defending his Arnold Palmer Invitational title, and has cast doubt over his participation in The Masters in three weeks’ time. Though G-Mac, who was originally paired alongside Woods for the first two rounds at Bay Hill, believes it’s too early to write off Tiger’s hopes of getting closer to Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors – despite his recurring injury problems.
Phil Mickelson is another who we won’t see at Bay Hill this week, but after an uneven start to the season – his best being a second-place finish in Abu Dhabi - has added another tournament to his schedule ahead of The Masters. The 43 year old will now compete in next week’s Valero Texas Open for the first time since 1992 – giving him a solid two weeks of tournament play heading into The Masters, where he hopes to add to his Major count, having won a fifth at last year’s Open Championship.
And today marks the start of the JTBC Founders Cup, the first LPGA tournament of the season on US Soil.
Established as a tribute to the founders of the LPGA, the winnings don’t go to the players but to charity instead. Morgan Pressel underlined the importance of the tournament.
Well, that’s all for today, but we’ll be back tomorrow with all the news from the first rounds of both the Founders Cup and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. In the meantime, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and don’t forget the #GWTV.