When Tiger Woods made his long-awaited PGA Tour comeback last year, few thought he’d be able to play multiple tournaments pain-free, let alone an entire season capped with a win at the Tour Championship.
As he looks to 2019 and beyond, its not just injury that Woods needs to fight off now, but father time. Now 43, the 14-time major champion who dominated the sport in his 20s and 30s is surrounded by an influx of young talent on Tour.
Year after year, a new player bursts on the scene and takes the golf world by storm. This season, Cameron Champ will be the latest to join the likes of Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm in the 20-somethings club of great players.
But this is golf, a sport that continually proves the old adage that age is just, in fact, a number.
Thirty six players have won majors at 40 or older, including: Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Vijay Singh, Gary Player, Darren Clarke, Payne Stewart, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson.
Mickelson was the last to do so at the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield at 43. Nicklaus won his record 18th major title in the 1986 Masters at 46. The oldest to win a major, you ask? Julius Boros in 1968 at the PGA Championship at 48. Tom Watson almost shattered the record at the 2009 Open Championship, but the 59-year-old lost in a playoff.