Palmer – Age not a factor for Woods

Arnold Palmer believes Tiger Woods (8/1 Masters outright) can still add to his major tally despite the recent queries about his advancing years.

The American has been plagued by back injuries over the last few months and has had to pull out of Palmer’s annual PGA Tour event at Bay Hill this week.

At 38-years-old, Woods is no longer able to play every week and there are currently doubts over whether or not he will be ready to play in the first major of the year, the Masters, next month at Augusta.

Woods has won the fabled Green Jacket four times, while he also experienced success at the other venues that are hosting the sport’s biggest events in 2014, finishing second in the US Open at Pinehust in 2005, winning the Open (5/1 favourite Open Championship outright) at Hoylake in 2006 and tasting PGA Championship victory at Valhalla in 2000.

The world number one currently has 14 majors to his name, four shy of Jack Nicklaus‘ record of 18 but hasn’t added to that total since 2008.

The depth on tour has undoubtedly improved since then and although Palmer admits it will be tough for Woods to get back to winning ways, he doesn’t think his age should necessarily hinder him, especially with Nicklaus winning the Masters at 46.

“I don’t think 38 years is the ultimate stopping point for his quest to do what Jack did,” he said. “I think it lessens the possibility of that happening. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be tough to keep the concentration and the type of the game that is necessary to win majors.”

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