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Padraig Harrington's latest comments about Tiger Woods will spark debate

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Tiger Woods may not be performing anywhere near to the standard he has done so in the past, but it is nevertheless still great to see him back on the golf course.

The American great has had an extremely rough time in recent years with regards to injuries, having needed four surgeries since 2014 in an attempt to sort out problems with his back.

Woods has put his injury problems behind him for now, but it's apparent that he is not the player he once was.

The 42-year-old played pretty well in his return to the sport at the Hero World Challenge in December, eventually finishing T9 in the 18 man field, and then followed that encouraging performance up with a T23 at the Farmers Insurance Open.

But, in his second event in 2018, Woods did not fare well at all last week at Riviera, shooting +5 over his opening two rounds to miss the cut by four strokes.

PADRAIG HARRINGTON HAS HIGH HOPES FOR TIGER

Many believe that Woods will never be the same player that he was last decade, and there is much justification for that, but there are a few that believe the American can still return to the top of the sport.

After playing with the 14-time major champion last week, Rory McIlroy believed that Woods is close to returning to his best; and now Padriag Harrington has echoed these claims.

In fact, the Irishman believes that Woods will add another major to his resume before he retires; a bold statement to say the least.

"I do believe he will win another major," Harrington said on Tuesday. "Will he get to 18? I think the odds would be against him getting to 18, but I would be pretty sure, if you look at any of the great players in the game of golf, they always won a major later in their career.

"15 (major titles) would make no difference to 14. 18 or 19 would make a difference, but 15 would make no difference. Like really, it wouldn't, it's still a great career. At the end of the day, I think he's the best golfer we'll ever physically see.

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"He has to try and be the version he is now and that's plenty good enough to win tournaments. It's plenty good enough to win major tournaments."

A bit optimistic, don't you think Padraig?

Woods has only played three tournaments since returning to competition at the end of last year, and unfortunately, he has shown no signs that he is ready to mix it with the world's best.

Not only is his injury history and his age against him, but Woods will also have to compete with the likes of Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, as well as a plethora of other young talent.

Although it would be a brilliant sight, winning a fifteenth major seems a long way away for Tiger.

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