Tiger is Improving
His victory at AT&T was nothing to sneeze at.
Yes, it’s true: Tiger Woods is no longer the dominator that he used to be.
His driving distance has fallen considerably since his knee surgery, and he’s not the threat off the tee that he once was. His short game is getting there, but he is no longer his old formidable self: he struggles more to get up and down than he once did. Those eagle-birdie putts are becoming birdie-par putts. If he makes a bogey, he is finding it harder to make up that stroke or two down the stretch.
Making matters worse, his competition no longer fears him like they once did.
Critics would also be correct to point out that Tiger Woods has not done well in the major tournaments.
His play was lackluster at the Masters and the U.S. Open. He has also struggled to put together four solid rounds of golf.
Still, if you can win three tournaments in a season, that is a good sign. The fields are always competitive, and he has gone out and won three times.
While three wins at smaller events are not the same as winning majors, it is also true that if one can win in a regular Tour event, one can win a major.
Tiger has been there enough times, so he knows what it takes to win. He is starting to remember what victory tastes like. His mental toughness is coming back.
He may not dominate the way he used to, but he can still go out and win a few more majors.
Will he overtake Nicklaus? That remains to be seen. While he has had his health problems, keep in mind that he is still one of the fittest players on the Tour.
He may have to adjust his strategy as his body experiences the vagaries of the aging process. But there is no reason why he can’t be a threat for a very long time.
As for the upcoming British Open, it is notorious for nasty rough, difficult winds, and tough greens.
But those will be tough on everyone.
It will take mental toughness and good strategy to win.
Tiger Woods can win this one if he keeps his head and plays respectably.