Five years ago, Tiger Woods won his last major tournament. Today, he finished the U.S. Open at Merion, 13 over par. It was his worst finish ever in a major tournament. I don’t believe he’ll ever win another major.
Woods has played well this season, winning four tournaments, mostly with masterful putting. He was fourth in the Masters; bad luck and average putting gave him little chance of a win in that major. His play in the U.S. Open this week was abominable. Mishits and extremely poor putting had him out of contention before Saturday’s third round. His problems were best demonstrated by a triple bogey on Sunday.
I am a ‘Tiger’ fan. I love his athleticism. He changed the game forever by taking away the ‘game of old men,’ and made it a sport.
I am in no way inferring the Hogan, Nicklaus, Palmer, and many others were not talented, but they played the game differently.
Why Tiger will never win another major, is based on my observations. He is over-thinking, and has discarded what he did best, visualizing a shot, and allowing his superior strength and athletic ability to make great ball strikes.
It’s obvious that he wants Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major wins, but he doesn’t have the mental acuity when he plays in a major.
I know some will say, “well, he won the ‘Player’s Championship.’” That’s true, and it is often called the “fifth major.” But it is not a major.
There are two more majors left this season, the PGA Championship and the British Open. I’ll be watching, as I always do, but I don’t expect him to win either one.
It is hard for me to say, but the golfer I choose to watch the most, and cheer for the most, Tiger Woods, will never win another major tournament.
The Guardian Express