Tiger Woods: 10 Reasons He Will Go on to Set the Mark over 20 Majors
Everyone is muttering it whenever they see him play. "Can Tiger do it? Is he going to break Jack's record?"
To answer your question, I say "with authority." Not only will Tiger Woods etch his name in history, his name will be etched on a major trophy at least seven more times. That's right, I'm calling it. Seven plus majors.
There's a lot to like about Tiger's chances to do this. If you doubt it, just give it about 10 slides and tell me what you're thinking.
Everyone seems to have a criticism of Tiger Woods. Most often, it's become his putting or his swing.
What people aren't understanding is why Tiger is doing this. He's not trying to go back to vintage Tiger Woods golf (2000). He's trying to bring some of it back, but keep in mind his body.
He's said it, and I will say it again: Tiger Woods can never swing the way he used to. Look through the swings in the video. See how much leg power is going into that swing. Tiger generated everything from his lower body.
It's exactly why he can't now. He pushed the limits, and the limits hit him. Tiger has now had I believe four surgeries on his knee, including one in 1994 to remove a tumor.
All of these surgeries have made it hard for Tiger to swing using his lower body like he used to. What Sean Foley has brought to Woods is the opportunity to find a balance between maintaining a great swing and potential for high level performance in exchange for a few yards.
With his new swing, Tiger can now play well into his 40s. The swing with Foley does not use nearly as much leg drive as Harmon's did, and it will do wonders for Woods to perform later in his career.
Everyone has a job. Normal workdays are about eight hours, right?
Tiger Woods works that same schedule, plus some overtime. It has long been known that Woods is an intense workout fiend, and has prided himself on his physical shape.
In fact, it was his drive to be better that ruptured his ACL while running before the British Open.
Tiger does not accept anything short of winning. He has no need to play for money. What he wants are the records. Specifically Jack's.
Tiger won't rest until he wins again. Well, he will sleep and do his appearances, but he isn't taking anything for granted about his game. His new driving range should already be getting put to good use, and should be as soon as Woods returns from his "Make it Matter Tour."
As much as he has disappointed us, everything that Tiger is doing points to success. Think about it. Tiger three-putted six times at Augusta, and lost by four strokes. Sure, everyone three putted, but Tiger Woods? At Augusta? Doesn't happen.
What is the Tiger we have been seeing? Not Tiger Woods' A Game. Sometimes his B. Probably his C game. Maybe his C+.
So what happens when Tiger Woods gets his game back to top form? I refer you to the 2000 US Open.
Time on His Side
Tiger may be aging, but he still has plenty of time to win. He's 35. By now, some golfers are just hitting their prime.
Let's name a few golfers who have hit their prime later than 35, or have continued to win past 35... Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus. I'd name more, but no one else can be in the same sentence as Tiger, other than Arnie, Player, and Faldo.
Tiger's got time on his side. Remember when Jack was 46? Yeah, he won that major. What was it called? The Masters.
It may seem a little odd to pick a tournament as the reason Tiger can break the record, but think about it. Most of the time, veterans win at Augusta. Charl Schwartzel was by no means a veteran, only in his second year, but looking past him, it's all the players who have come to make Augusta their home.
Tiger has done just that, and you can be sure one of the records he wants is Jack's six green jackets. That's why I'm saying seven for Tiger. That means three more majors right there. Math check!! 14+3= 17. 18-17=1. We're already close after just one major out of four for ten to fifteen more years.
Still Developing "Young Guns"
Despite popular belief, the young guns have not yet taken over. Just to make sure you know, Tiger has more majors in 2001 than Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland, Nick Watney, and anyone under the age of 23 combined.
I understand that the game's future depends on these guys, but let's be serious. They haven't won majors yet. And until they become major threats, Tiger will still be a name on the leaderboard.
And when his name is on the leaderboard, it tends to be at the top.
If there is anyone who believes in Tiger Woods more than myself, it's Tiger Woods. And that's hard to do.
To be honest, nobody knows where Woods is really at but himself. No one will ever know where he is. He won't let it happen.
What Tiger will show is that he believes in himself enough to go out and put his name on a scorecard, no matter what the outcome may be. Then again, it's only the rest of the world that is thinking about everything else. Tiger's thinking about a number under par.
How is there any way that Tiger's putting can be a positive? I'm still trying to figure it out to be honest.
To be honest, it may not be a complete positive, but struggling with his putting is going to force Tiger to practice it more. With his swing change growing closer and closer to finishing, Tiger is going to start to diversify his time for his game. We all know his putting needs it.
While right now, it isn't a plus, Tiger's going to work on making it a plus. Once it becomes a plus, I wouldn't want to be the field in any major. Tiger's proven he doesn't have to swing well to win. He just has to putt well.
It may not amount to much for Tiger, but his past successes still do matter. While winning tournaments doesn't give you the license to own them for the rest of your career, Tiger seems to enjoy doing so.
14 majors do a lot for a person's experience. And that's only the wins. The losses account for even more experience. The Masters we just watched is going to give Tiger a whole new perspective on his game. He didn't come back, but he was certainly right there to do it.
Although Tiger didn't take home a green jacket, he took home a lesson he will hopefully carry into the next major.
It's semi-metaphorical, the history books. There are no real books in which names are written in pencil and then erased when a new golf record replaces it.
However, there is this place called the Hall of Fame. And I'm sure that what Tiger wants everyone to remember is how much they had to read just to know all the records he holds. There's no doubt in anyone's mind that Tiger Woods is going to need a significant area to host all of his accomplishments. The biggest question is, how big is that area?
Tiger has no other reason to play than for the love of the game, and for the records. His drive is so deep within him it's amazing to see him want this so bad. Tiger will break Jack's record. In fact, he's going to shatter it. He's going to break into the 20s. My bet: 21.