Tiger Woods is an above-average golfer. No better.
When will the world admit that?
Woods’ fans won’t. Even minor criticism of their idol on Twitter triggers a flurry of angry fanboy gibberish.
Woods has won four tournaments this year. An above-average golfer can do that in the sport’s current climate. He’s at the top of the pack, as his No. 1 rating indicates. But Woods is definitely part of that pack.
Woods hasn’t won a major since 2008. Since his victory in that year’s U.S. Open, his psyche has been wrecked by a sex scandal and divorce. His colleagues aren’t scared of him anymore. His charges come up short. He’s 37. No spring chicken. Eighteen different golfers have won majors since he last did.
Woods has won 14 majors. He’s often said that he measures himself by how he performs in those four tournaments. His fans shouldn’t renege on his behalf.
Jack Nicklaus won 18 majors. Woods won’t catch him. Won’t come close. It wouldn’t be shocking if Woods never won another major.
Woods’ career oddly parallels Mike Tyson’s. Woods got brought down by disgrace and arrogance, then his opponents lost their fear of him.
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