Is time running out for Tiger Woods?

2013-06-07 00:00

THIS time five years ago, Tiger Woods was about to win the U.S Open for the third time and it would be his 14th Major trophy.

He was 32 years old and it looked very likely that he would be successful in his quest to beat Jack Nicklaus’s record 18 Major wins. He is now 37 years old and hasn’t won another Major since.

This year he has had four wins already on the U.S. PGA tour, which include the Players Championship, often regarded as golf’s fifth major.

So everything seemed to be going according to plan for Tiger when he teed it up last week at the Memorial Trophy. He started with an average 71 followed by a disappointing 74, which was just good enough to make the cut. On Saturday on the first nine he made 44. It was the worst nine holes of his professional career. He posted a 79, which was also his worst round in a non-Major tournament.

On Sunday he managed a par 72 finishing in 65th place out of the 73 who made the cut. Woods did not need a confidence-shattering performance like this on the eve of a U.S. Open. He is running out of time.

If another year goes by with Tiger not winning a Major trophy, surely he will have serious doubts as to whether he will ever win another one.

You may say that he is only 37 years old and the last two winners of the [British] Open Championship, Clarke and Els, were both 42. However, this is the exception.

Taking a look at previous Major winners will show that both Arnold Palmer, winner of seven Majors, and Tom Watson, winner of eight Majors, didn’t win any after the age of 35.

Of course Tiger is quite capable of doing something miraculous; like shooting all four rounds in the low 60s and he will be hoping that this comes along quite soon.

However, if Woods can’t manage to win a Major championship in the remaining three tournaments this year, his chances of beating Nicklaus’s record will surely be gone.

From the 19th hole:

Ten indicators that you’re playing too much golf:

• When you pick up something off the floor, you have to lean on your putter.

• The only number on your speed dial is the Golf Club.

• You have your priorities in order: greens fees, food, shelter and job.

• You dream you go to prison, but still get conjugal visits with your driver.

• You tell the lost motorist that the petrol station is only a drive and eight iron away.

• You’d like to take off your glove, but hey, why bother?

• Whenever you see a hole in the ground, you squat, squint and read the line.

• You’re vaguely aware of living with a woman, allegedly your wife.

• You ask the shopper ahead in the checkout line if you can play through.

• Before you pick up the salt shaker, you mark its position with a coin.

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