It’s “the big one” among those in golfing circles. That is, “will Tiger Woods ever win another major?” It’s probably what we spend 25 percent (if not more) of our time talking about, thinking about and writing about.
It’s a fascinating proposition because Woods is one of the two best golfers ever and we like rooting for greatness. No matter your feelings about Woods’ personal life, when he’s in a tournament on the back nine on a Sunday, fist pumping and shot-stinging his way to victory, that’s a force that’s hard to ignore.
Tiger thinks he’s close to cracking the code, if you will, on major No. 15 and, after that, look out. “Even though I haven’t won a major championship in five years, I’ve been there in a bunch of them where I’ve had chances,” he said on Tuesday at Muirfield. “I just need to keep putting myself there, and eventually I’ll get some.”
He’s right, of course. Seven of his last eight Masters have resulted in top-six finishes. That’s a shot here and there. Two of his last five U.S. Opens were top-six finishes as well. And here, at the British Open, he finished T3 last year and only needed to match Ernie Els’ final-round score of 68 to claim the Claret Jug. Instead, he shot 73.