Tiger Woods missing the Masters has caused us to think about if Tiger will ever win another major and surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors. We might just have to face the reality that Tiger will never be the same. He has not won a major championship since the 2008 U.S. Open, when he defeated Rocco Mediate so miraculously on a broken leg. We do have to give him credit for winning eight tournaments since the start of 2010, but we do not look at him like that, because he is Tiger Woods, and we expect him to do that. This is not a fair way to look at him, but people have very high expectations for the current number two golfer in the world. Just four years, prior to 2010, he had 25 PGA Tour wins and 11 top-six major finishes. Even though Tiger has not been playing like his old self, the great Jack Nicklaus himself remains optimistic that Tiger can still break his record. However, as you read on, I will bring up some reasons as to why he might not win another major tournament for the remainder of his career.
Tiger’s most recent ailment in his laundry list of injuries is his back. As you know, he decided to skip the Master’s in order to have surgery so he could be ready for the remainder of the season. But what is to say his injuries in the past won’t come back to bite him. Fred Couples, who is currently performing very well on the Champions Tour, went through this same thing, and he no longer competes on a consistent basis on the PGA Tour.
Golfers reach their prime around ages 27 or 28, and this normally lasts from seven to eight years, if they are lucky. Tiger is currently 38 years old and not getting any younger. He will turn 39 years old on December 30, and with each passing year, the chances of him ever winning another major diminishes.
One of the more promising things Tiger can look at for confidence is the last three winners of the British Open were Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, and Phil Mickelson. All of them were over the age of 40 when they won. It also does not hurt that Tiger himself has won that tournament three times.
The Competition Has Caught Up to Him
The world of golf is changing. It is no longer just a game for the mature, and highly experienced golfers. There is so much young talent on the PGA Tour right now. Guys like Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Rory Mcllroy, and so many more are now competing and winning on the biggest stages in golf. There are no longer just a few guys out there that can give Tiger a run for his money. There are multiple, and they are not intimidated one bit by Tiger Woods.
Let’s Sum This Up
Tiger has multiple injuries, he is getting old in terms of golf years, he has much more competition now than he ever has before, and he no longer has the dominance he once had when he was younger. I would say if Tiger still has the ambition and the drive to catch, and possibly surpass the record of 18 majors, he needs to get a move on, and quickly.