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Langer can see Tiger rivals emerging

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BOCA RATON, Fla. – Bernhard Langer can see some rivals developing for Tiger Woods as Woods regains his winning form.

During the Allianz Championship media day the Old Course at Broken Sound, Langer fielded some Tiger questions after stepping away from the podium. He believes Tiger rivals will develop but not necessarily because today’s players closed the gap on the talent advantage Woods possessed.

“Because he’s not played to the level he’s played before, that immediately brings in a few guys that played one level below him, let’s put it that way,” Langer said. “And there is more young talent coming out now than I’ve seen in a while, a lot of great young players.”

Langer does see Woods regaining his winning form this year.

“Golf wise, he will come back, for sure, I’m convinced of that,” Langer said. “What I hear from guys who hang out with him, like John Cook and a couple other guys who practice and play with him, they say he’s striping it. They say he’s as good as ever the last couple months. It’s just a matter of letting it happen.

'I think he’ll get comfortable with his new golf swing very soon because he works very hard at it. His short game was always good. The guy could hit four greens and still shoot under par, not many can do that.'