Mark O’Meara believes close friend Tiger Woods has recaptured the form which has made him one of the favourites in terms of Golf Major bets and has seen him race to 14 major wins and expects him to be in the running for his first major in almost four years at the Masters.
The 55-year-old guided Woods through his first few years on the PGA Tour and the pair spent two days practising together at Augusta National ahead of the start of the first major of the year on Thursday.
O’Meara, who won the Masters in 1998, was impressed with what he saw from the former world number one and thinks Woods can reignite his bid to overhaul Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major victories.
“I expect him to play really well out there – I’d be shocked if he didn’t. He’s driving the ball well. He’s powerful again. He’s got a little pep to his step again,” said O’Meara.
Woods has been in encouraging form in early 2012 – ending a drought of more than two years without a PGA Tour victory when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the end of last month.
O’Meara believes that victory could be just the spark Woods needs to take him back to the top of world golf.
“It’s like riding a bike. When you have won the tournaments he has won and have had the career he has had, it’s always going to be in there. He just needed to dig deep and find it,” added O’Meara.
Woods has won the Green Jacket four times, but not since 2005. He will have his work cut out at Augusta against a star-studded field – including Brits Rory McIlroy and world number one Luke Donald – but will be difficult to stop should he hit top form.
Woods remains one of the golf betting favorites.