Nantz: No Reason To Think Tiger Couldn't Win Again

After winning the Masters in April, does Tiger Woods have some magic left for the PGA Championship?

Zach Gelb
May 15, 2019 - 6:02 pm

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When Tigers Woods sank his final putt at Augusta National last month to win his fifth Masters, Jim Nantz felt many emotions.

Awe was one of them.

“It took me a while to get my mind around the idea that he had won,” Nantz said on The Zach Gelb Show. “Not that I doubted he would ever win again. Since he had last won a major, I’d been asked the question – and I always said he was going to win. I said it consistently. Even he was down and out with injury and other things happening in his life, I always thought he would come back and figure it out. I always thought there’d be a Jack Nicklaus moment – like Jack in ’86. I thought there was another gigantic triumph in his life.

“Now maybe there’s going to be more than just that one,” Nantz continued. “Based on what I’m seeing, there’s no reason to think there couldn't be."

Nantz said that the 2019 Masters wasn’t the best tournament he’s ever covered, but it did offer the best story.

“I would still put Jack (at the top),” he said, “and I was there in ’86. Better golf that day, but I would say Tiger winning was about as good of an opportunity – for those of us who make our living with our words – that was just handed to you. Here’s the palette, go paint the picture – because we’re giving you all the ingredients you need.”

Woods will go for his 16th major win at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black this weekend. Ninety-nine of the top 100 golfers in the world will be in action.

Does Woods have some more magic in him?

“Golf is the hardest thing in the world to predict,” Nantz said. “It’s almost just nonsense to try to say, ‘He’s a favorite.’ If I had to pick somebody, I would say Brooks Koepka just because of his recent track record. He’s always in contention. But it’s an impossible thing to handicap.”

Click below to listen to Nantz’s interview in its entirety.