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I have been saying it for years, and I’m going to say it again. It’s over. Tiger Woods will not win another major.
Golf is the hardest sport to win. You need to beat at least a hundred other people in order to be the winner, not just one other team. To say that Woods will break Jack’s major record is like saying the Sixers are going to win the NBA finals.
Tiger Woods’ success has broken down his body. He can’t compete at top form because he can’t even play anymore. He has been plagued with nagging injuries for years now and it seems as if he is never at 100% long enough to get his game sharp. I attribute this to his violently powerful swing. Tiger did things that the human body just should not have been able to do. In his younger days, he would be hitting drives where even the longer hitters on tour didn’t dream of hitting it. It seems as if the torque he was creating has done a number on his knees and back, nearly ending his career. I think it’s safe to say we may have seen the last of Tiger in true form.
His health is not the only thing that has Tiger at a disadvantage. Golf is not what it used to be, and he only has himself to thank for that. Due to his rise to historic success, he grew the game of golf. Kids grew up watching the game and playing it at an earlier age. We are just now seeing the Tiger-teens entering their prime on tour. Spieth, Fowler, McIlroy, and the list goes on. These guys are now in the top tier of golfers and they all attribute their inspiration to Tiger Woods. These players learned early on that if you want to be successful on tour, you need to be in good shape. In accordance to the increased fitness and distance off the tee, courses started to add new tee boxes and lengthen holes to compensate. So, not only has the competition gotten tougher, the courses have too.
I think all the factors together have created the perfect storm necessary to dethrone Tiger. However, I don’t think it is a bad thing. Tiger has shed the shell he used to wear. He is personable, he smiles, and he interacts with the crowd like never before. It is different seeing Tiger in this role now, but I have come to embrace it. He seems to be at peace with golf more than he ever was when he was winning week after week.
Tiger is currently rehabbing nerves in the hopes of being healthy for the Master, however that has been in question lately. Recent reports of his injury possibly being career ending were refuted by his agent as a complete lie and just an attention grab. However, we still do not have a definite return date for Woods. I don’t know what is worse, no Tiger at all or Tiger blading chips. It is truly a shame to be missing the magic he brought on Sundays, but we owe everything we have now to him. His legacy will always live on.
– R. Ilardi