Tiger Woods: The redemption of golf’s GOAT

By 2017, Tiger Woods was ranked 1,199thin the world golf rankings.

Tiger made his return to competitive golf in late November at the 2017 Hero World Challenge, an exclusive tournament for the elite golfers on the planet – hosted by Tiger Woods. The entire planet took note with social media going into frenzy.

Tiger was feeling healthy and completed the tournament with a respectable score that saw him rise to 668thin the world gold rankings. Rickie Fowler won the event with a record setting score.

So far, the 2018 PGA season has been promising and redemption could be on the horizon for Tiger.

Most notably, Tiger Woods finished tied for 6that the 2018 Open Championship and finished 2ndat the 2018 PGA Championship.

For Tiger, success breeds confidence (Woods, 2001).

These promising finishes at major golf championships put him in position to contend in non-major golf tournaments.

Tiger has committed to play in the first three events of the FedExCup playoffs

A win at one of these tournaments and sustained commitment to his health will set him up for a promising year in 2019, especially at major golf championships.

The notion that success breeds confidence is critical.

Albert Bandura (1977) famously created the Theory of Self-Efficacy and delineated four sources of efficacy. Efficacy is synonymous with confidence or a belief in oneself. When considering the sources of confidence, past experience is the strongest sources for elite athletes.

It is plausible to believe that Tiger needed to win one golf tournament early in 2018 to augment his belief in his abilities to win one of four pressure-filled major championships. Instead, he looked uneasy at the majors until his final round at the 2018 PGA Championship.

Even though he failed to win one golf tournament so far in 2018. There is a great chance that he will capture one of the three events of the FedExCup.

The Northern Trust at Ridgewood used to be known as The Barclays. Tiger Woods had two strong showings (finished in 2ndplace) at The Barclays in 2009 and in 2013.

The Barclays has been at the Ridgewood Golf and Country Club on three occasions. When Tiger played in 2010, he finished in a tie for 12thplace.

There is a good chance.

The Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston Norton MA used to be known as the Deutche Bank Championship. Tiger Woods has had years of strong showings at this course and he even won the event in 2006.

Coincidently, the Tiger Woods Foundation managed this event from 2013-2016.

There is a great chance.

The BMW Championship used to be known as The Western Open. Tiger Woods has won the former event in 2007 and in 2009 after winning at the latter event in 1997, 1999, and 2003.

These victories took place at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. It is worth noting that the 2018 BMW Championship will be held at Aronimink Golf Club. Here, Tiger Woods has played the course in 2010 during the AT&T National where he finished tied for 46thplace.

Here it is!

According to Bandura’s Theory of Self-Efficacy, past performances are indicative of future success or as Tiger puts it, success breeds confidence.

For Tiger Woods, he can expect to win the Dell Technologies Championship given that he has previously won the event. He can also expect to win the BMW Championship for the same reason as long as his health remains.

Why should he win the two tournaments when he has not won in years?

Tiger Woods once said: “I figure there is no point in going to a tournament if you don’t think you can win.”


Bandura, A. (1977). Self-efficacy: toward a unifying theory of behavioral change. Psychological review, 84(2), 191.

Woods, T. (2001). How I play golf. Warner Books.

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