There's some truth to that, but it's hardly the whole story. There's much more validity to the fact that the British Open is less than a month away, and he still wants to win at least five more major titles and pass
His career's biological clock is ticking rapidly. Woods will never be irrelevant on the
And at this point, even Woods has to have his doubts. He's 38, hasn't won a major in six years and his body keeps breaking down. Like
There was a sense of urgency that borders on panic in Woods' Facebook announcement Friday, barely three months after his back surgery and just days after his agent leaked that he was taking full swings.
Woods knows his body better than anyone else. But is he rushing back too soon and setting himself up to become a tragic figure?
He's been in the spotlight his entire life, and he's always seemed uncomfortable when he's not the center of attention. Who knows how much it would sting not to accomplish his life's singular goal?
Realistically, though, the over-under for Woods winning future majors is 1.
Anyone who watched him play in recent years can see that he still has world-class shot-making ability. There's still a reasonable chance that in the next year or two, he'll put together four strong rounds and win a fifth green jacket or a fourth British Open.
And maybe his back surgery will help solve the putting woes that kept him out of contention in recent majors. When Woods was the best in the world for almost a decade, almost anything within 20 feet (and some longer putts) were essentially gimmes. Lately, they've been adventures.
Even if Woods gets healthy and regains 90 percent of his form, though, it's no sure thing that he'll win another major. He could become a victim of the deep, talented young field of competitors he helped create.
In his prime, Woods would have had a hard time beating Martin Kaymer at the recent U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Kaymer won by eight strokes, nearly lapping the field the way Woods did in 2000 at
Kaymer is 29. McIlroy is a sometimes-immature 25, but his talent is undeniable.
To win another major--any major--Woods will have to be better than all of them for four rounds. Not to mention
Consistency wins majors, and that was the most shocking deficiency in Woods' game over the past several years. Will a healthy back change that? Time will tell.
But time isn't on Woods' side. Let's hope for his sake--and for golf's--that his quest isn't making him rush back too soon and ruin his last chance at greatness.
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