Martin Kaymer backs Tiger for more majors

<div class="news_article"><p>Former world number one Martin Kaymer believes back injury victim Tiger Woods can add to his haul of 14 major championship wins as long as he returns to golf with a clean bill of health.</p><p><div class="getty embed image" style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;width:100%;max-width:594px;"><div style="padding:0;margin:0;text-align:left;"><a href="" target="_blank" style="color:#a7a7a7;text-decoration:none;font-weight:normal !important;border:none;display:inline-block;">Embed from Getty Images</a></div><div style="overflow:hidden;position:relative;height:0;padding:66.666667% 0 0 0;width:100%;"><iframe src="//" width="594" height="396" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="display:inline-block;position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;margin:0;"></iframe></div><p style="margin:0;"></p></div></p><p></p><p>Woods said last week that he hoped to make his comeback at next month's Safeway Open in California after spending more than a year on the sidelines.</p><p>The 40-year-old American has a long-standing ambition to eclipse Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major victories and Kaymer told Reuters in a telephone interview that he would not rule anything out for one of the greatest players of all time.</p><p>&quot;At the end of the day it all comes down to Tiger's health,&quot; the German said. &quot;If he can practice the way he wants to practice, as hard as he wants, then I think he can win any golf tournament in the world.</p><p>&quot;He's proved it before so I don't see why he can't do it again. The competition now is obviously a lot harder but I think it would be very disrespectful to take him out of consideration for winning any tournament in the world.&quot;</p><p>Woods, who has undergone multiple back operations, last played competitively at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina in August 2015.</p><p>If all goes well at the Safeway Open, the former world number one also plans to feature at the Turkish Airlines Open in November and the Tiger Woods Foundation-run Hero World Challenge in December.</p><p>Double major champion Kaymer, who spent eight weeks at the top of the rankings in 2011, said the American must take things step by step.</p><p>&quot;His return is great for golf and we all look forward to welcoming him back,&quot; added the winner of the 2010 U.S. PGA Championship and 2014 U.S. Open.</p><p>&quot;We all know he can win tournaments the way he plays. I think it is more about the mental challenge for him over the next few months, not trying to want things too much, to be patient and calm about things.</p><p>&quot;All the attention he will get, that will be a lot to handle, and make it very, very difficult for him to prepare. I think people shouldn't expect him to win right away,&quot; said Kaymer, a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, official patron and vehicle of the Ryder Cup 2016.</p><p>Woods has spent a record total of 683 weeks at the top of the rankings but, blighted by his injuries and poor form in recent years, is now down at number 726.</p><p>He missed all four majors in a calendar year for the first time this season and made just 11 tournament appearances in 2015.</p><p>Kaymer, a European wildcard pick for this month's Ryder Cup against the United States at Chaska, Minnesota, said however that an event involving Woods always had a distinct feel to it.</p><p>&quot;His return is great for us players because when he plays there's a little bit of a different buzz to a tournament,&quot; added the 31-year-old.</p><p>&quot;We have missed him because he defined golf for the last 10 or 15 years. No one wants to see him play poorly and I think for the fans the last few tournaments for him were quite disappointing.&quot;</p></div>