Majors: Tiger vs Rory
Greg Norman took multiple shots at Tiger during this weeks Australian PGA event…claiming that Woods, “can’t keep up with Rory”. Charging that McILroy would beat Woods at breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles — thanks to the work-ethic of his girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.
In the words of ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown…
Rory is a tremendous talent, and seems like a great ambassador for golf. But today’s competition is far too good for Rory to even sniff Tiger’s 14, let alone surpass Jack’s 18.
Rory will win more majors without a doubt, but the Sharks out of line with this prediction. Nobody’s as motivated as Tiger was from ’97 to ’05. He was confident and his fan’s belief in him was unprecedented.
Tiger’s distance, the biggest advantage he possessed over the field, has since been neutralized. Today’s playing field is filled with “athletic” golfers like Rory who can pound the ball. This, along with advancements in golf instruction, equipment, fitness has changed the game forever. We have a new generation of golfers who are not scared of Tiger, nor will they be scared of Rory. The advantage Tiger had just doesn’t exist any more.
Can Tiger get to 19 Majors?
I think so. The only obstacles are his health and putting. Can he avoid injury and find his form again with the flat stick?
You know… the form that had us expecting him to make every thirty footer he stood over. I think at one point during his run he went an entire year without missing a putt inside 3 or 4 feet. I don’t think he’ll ever have a stretch like that again, but I do believe the magic will return long enough to bag 5 more Majors. Approaching 37 years of age, it is not out of the realm for him to get there. Look at Vijay Singh. He won majors in his 40’s. And Nicklaus won his last at age 46. I totally expect Tiger to remain competitive well into his late 40’s.
Heck, maybe if Tiger wasn’t so against the long or belly putter, he would have already past Jack. Think about the controversy that would have stirred.
Beware Greg Norman…you mess with a Tiger…you just might get the claws!
Let me know your thoughts.
Keep em Long and Straight,