Tiger Woods has been a household name for years, even people who knew nothing about golf, usually knew the name Tiger Woods. He was an amazing golfer, and everybody said that he would shatter all of the records. Tiger first made his name known when he won his first major, the Masters, at the age of 21 one. He was the youngest person to win the masters, as well as the first African American. He also set the record for the lowest score through the four days, winning by twelve strokes.
He obviously had talent, but everybody was asking themselves is he going to be an elite golfer. He seemed to answer those questions over the next couple of years. He kept up the winning, and won three out of the four majors in 2000 alone. Everybody was saying that he would break tons of records, which he did, but the one record that everybody was focused on was the record of total majors won, held by Jack Nicklaus at 18. Even though this is an amazing record, not only requiring great talent, but longevity as well, many were almost certain that Tiger would be able to surpass 18 career majors wins. They had good reasons to believe that too, from 1997 to 2003, Tiger won eight majors, and he wasn’t done yet. Many golfers play well into their forties, still having a legitimate opportunity to win. The last major that Tiger has won was in 2008, when he edged out Rocco Mediate to win the U.S. Open, being his 14th career major win.
It has been eight years since then, and he still has not won another major… so what happened? Well, Tiger began to suffer from a number of problems, from issues with his girlfriend, to injuries, he became distracted from the game, and had to take a lot of time off. He had numerous issues with his legs, and his back and neck also became an issue. It has now been 14 months since we have last seen Tiger Woods finish a full tournament in the PGA, and it is skeptical when we will see him again. He was scheduled to play in the 2016-17 season opener, but that didn’t happen and there hasn’t been much word on when his next appearance will be. Another question that a lot of people are asking, is if he will ever win another major. Honestly, the chances seem very slim. The next major is the masters beginning on April 6th. Tiger is now coming off of some surgeries, he is older, and has spent over year away from the game.
Also, the competition is very high these days, many say more so than it was during Tiger’s prime. With players like Rory Mcilroy, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, the list goes on and on, and at least one of them are usually at the top of the leaderboards at these events. It is even questionable if he will even win any PGA tour event again, much less a major, where all of the top players compete. This shouldn’t take anything away from how amazing of a player he was during his prime. Many say that if he was at his “A” game, there wasn’t anybody that could beat him. Tiger still holds the record for the youngest player to win the masters, and is tied for the lowest score there with Jordan Spieth. He also holds many other records, some of which include being the PGA player of the year a record eleven times, as well as leading the PGA tour in money earnings at the end of the year a record ten times. There is no denying his greatness during the peak of his career.