In the week that saw another piece removed from the puzzle Tiger Woods created, with EA Sports detaching itself from the American golfer, perhaps it is time to assess the World No.1’s chances of ever catching Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major victories.
Woods’ last major success came back in 2008, at a time when the 37-year-old was closing in on his fellow countryman’s record year on year.
However, since his public humiliation in 2009, the American has never seemed the same, despite the odd glimmer of returning to his former self.
In the space of 11 years, the Nike sponsored athlete tallied 14 major titles, leaving him four wins away from matching Nicklaus as the sport's most successful figure.
But is the time ticking away too quickly on Tiger’s chances? With other golfers such as Adam Scott and Justin Rose rising to the challenge, it looks like Mr. Woods has his work cut out if he’s going to secure those four titles that will draw him level.
The performance of Tom Watson in the 2009 British Open will offer some comfort to Woods, when the American narrowly missed out on winning a major at the unbelievable age of 59.
With Woods approaching his 38th birthday in December, it’s safe to say there is plenty of golf left in the four-time PGA Championship winner, although there is no time like the present, and Tiger will be desperate to secure the vital wins before age starts to take effect.
Nicklaus’ wins stretched over a 24-year period and with Woods only 17 years into his own career, the American must be quietly confident of overtaking the man he admired when growing up.
But, with Woods rarely showing the spark that used to separate him from the chasing pack, the four-time Ryder Cup winner must resurrect his position within the sport, before the fans follow EA Sports in forgetting who the once outstanding Tiger Woods is.
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