Tiger Woods – Collapse of a Legend?
Since winning the PGA tour rookie of the year in 1996 Tiger Woods has amounted one hundred and twenty eight tournament victories, fourteen of which are majors, this works out at an average off about nine tournament victories a year. Tiger Woods won his first Major Championship in 1997 at Augusta National, before winning the last of his Major Championships in 2008 at the US Open, so where has it all went wrong?
Having withdrawn from “The Players Championship” this week at the TPC at Sawgrass having reached the turn in 42(+6) and suffering a re-occurrence of the injury that he picked up in his last Major victory at the US Open in 2008, Tiger decided to walk in, and withdraw from the tournament, just like he did last season, when he withdrew from the same tournament in the final round due to a neck injury.
Golf has been going in the wrong direction for Tiger now for a long period of time, having not won a tournament since the Australian Masters in 2009, Tiger is currently going through one off the worst barren spells off his entire career. As well as not winning a tournament for almost two years, Tiger has also lost the number one spot and has fallen dramatically down the rankings, having fallen to number eight in recent weeks. At one point at the height off his powers their was more rankings points separating himself and Phil Mickelson ranked second in the world, than there was between Mickelson and the golfer ranked one thousandth. This stat really does prove how dominant Tiger was at the height off his powers.
Shortly after his last tournament win in 2009, the news began to break off Tiger Woods’ affairs, and he immediately took a break from golf at the end of November 2009. Tiger eventually returned golf at the US Masters in April 2010, where he remained in contention until the final day, finishing a tie for fourth, after such a long break, accumulating twenty weeks. Finishing so highly ranked in a major, especially as it was your first tournament of the year was quite something, everyone thought Tiger was back… but he wasn’t! Tiger’s next competition was: The Quail Hollow Championship at the end of April, but missed the cut, shooting his second worse round as a professional golfer, a round off 79! Tigers season never got better, and throughout the course off 2010, only producing one serious challenge to win a tournament at the Australian Open where as defending champion he shot a final round 65 to finish in a tie for 4th. Tiger continued to produce woeful performances throughout the season, most notably his 18-over par, tying for 78th place (second-to-last place) in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and finishing way down the field at both the British Open at St. Andrews and the USPGA Championship at Whistling Straights
As Tiger continues to run through his barren spell, and continues to withdraw from tournaments with injuries, everyone now begins to wonder if he ever will beat Jack Nicklaus’ Major record of 18 victories, if he continues the way he is going he has absolutely no chance after a woeful year and a half on tour. If Tiger doesn’t get his act together soon, and get back to the way he was playing a few years ago, this great legend of the game, could continue to slide down the rankings even further and vanish without a trace, and this would be both a travesty for himself and the game off golf.