Notah Begay: Tiger Woods will win again in 2017

Woods returned to action after a long period away from the game

BY Adrian Collins 13:15 Saturday 31 December 2016, 13:15 31 Dec 2016

Picture by Lynne Sladky AP/Press Association Images

Tiger Woods teased golf fans everywhere throughout 2017 with talk of a return, before coming back at the Hero World Challenge at the start of December. 

Hideki Matsuyama was the eventual winner, and while Woods finished 15th in a field of just 17, there was little doubt that he was on the right path after 16 months off the course with injuries. 

Although there were some signs of rust (six double bogeys and eight bogeys in his four rounds) Notah Begay believes that the best of this version of Woods is yet to come in 2017.

Speaking to Reuters, Woods' friend and golf pundit Begay stated that the star, who celebrated his 41st birthday on Friday, would be back to winning ways soon enough.

"I expect him to win, and I expect him to have at least one win next year based upon what I've seen," said Begay. "It's just a matter of getting some more tournament rounds. I'm not going to say it's going to happen early in the year but I think you should expect to see Tiger peak during the spring time.

"There wasn't anything that took place in the Bahamas that wasn't fixable," Begay added, noting that his chipping and driving would need some work.

"I don't think Tiger was comfortable with his three-wood, but that's fixable. He hit something like 52 drivers in the Bahamas, and you’ve got to see at least a few hundred before you start figuring out what the patterns and trends are."

Begay noted that it was still too soon to be making any judgement on what we've seen so far from Woods, but there was no reason to panic about the inconsistencies he displayed in his few rounds in the Bahamas.

"I'm not going to say there was perfect execution across the board but, for the most part, the shots you would want to have and the outcomes you would expect from a world-class player were all right there," he added.

Woods schedule is still up in the air, and while he has committed to the Genesis Open at Riviera, he could also decide to start the year at the Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines at the end of January.

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