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Former US Open champ Campbell: Woods is past his prime

FOX Sport golf pundit Michael Campbell tells David Lee why Woods will never win another Major

Tiger Woods scrambled to a first-round of one-over 73 on his return to competitive golf. How do you think he performed? Will he win another Major?

CAMPBELL: I'm surprised he's even playing at the Masters.

Tiger has played in just three tournaments in the last eight months, and that's just not enough competitive rounds under his belt to play in a Major.

Having watched some of his wayward shots in the first round, I can't help but feel that physically and mentally, he's just not there.

You need your A-game to compete at Augusta, and what we are seeing is not quite the Tiger we know.

I think Tiger's best golf is behind him. I've played with him for 10 years and a lot has changed since and I just can't see him get back to where he was and win another Major.

He won't catch up with Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 Majors.

Maybe seven years ago, I would have thought differently, but there are a lot of better players now.

In every sport, there will be a select few who have their shot at dominance.

Jack dominated for about 15 years, so too did Tiger. So now, it is the time for the new generation of golfers such as Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to dominate.

What do you think was the biggest story of the first round?

Obviously, it's Jordan Spieth after his magnificent eight-under 64. It's a great start and you can see him brimming with confidence.

He's only 21, but he has got that Tiger look about him when he was at his devastating best. I would agree with what some say about Spieth not having any distinct weaknesses, although he said after his round that he didn't hit the ball great.

But he does have a pretty straight drive, and he chips and putts great, which always make it easier to record a low score at Augusta.

Ernie Els is right up there, tied for second after a round of five-under 67. At 45, he's showing that he can still cut it at the top. What's his secret?

My good friend Ernie has always been a wonderful player and I wouldn't put it past him to win this week.

He's big, strong and he has a lot of self-belief. He plays great shots from around the greens and has this beautiful putting stroke.

It was a good opening day for Asian golfers. South Korea's Noh Seung Yul is two-under while India's Anirban Lahiri and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama carded one-under rounds of 71. What does it take for another Asian after Yang Yong Eun to win a major?

Asian golf is definitely on the rise. I think we'll see a lot more Asians not just featuring but challenging for the Majors in the next 10 years.

What does it take to win a Major? A lot of hard work obviously, but also patience and self-belief.

 

*FOX Sports golf pundit Michael Campbell will be giving his expert views on the US Masters, which will be shown "live" on FOX Sports 2 (Singtel TV Ch 115 & StarHub TV Ch 209) tomorrow (3rd round) from 3am-7am and on Monday morning (final round) from 2am to 7am.

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