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(National Post)   Today's episode of "Not Bloody Likely, Old Chap" brought to you by Jack Nicklaus, who says he's confident Tiger Woods will surpass his Majors record   (sports.nationalpost.com) divider line 23
    More: Unlikely, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, PGA Championship, British Open, Seminoles, Rory McIlroy, Bobby Jones  
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2013-09-20 04:48:18 PM  
He's definitely got a good shot at it, the question is whether his body will hold up.
 
2013-09-20 04:58:01 PM  
He's a 37 year old who's indisputably the best golfer in the world at the moment. He won 5 tournaments this year, topped the money list by a huge margin, and had two top 10 finishes at majors. I mean, I don't like the guy any more than anyone else does, but it seems pretty likely that he'll easily win 5 more.
 
2013-09-20 05:20:01 PM  
I would say it's a 50/50 proposition at this point.  As mentioned, he's pushing 40 and his body is betraying him more and more lately.  Just today, he went from a top 10 spot on the leaderboard to dead last in a span of 5 holes and was apparently walking very gingerly afterward (back issues).
 
2013-09-20 05:20:13 PM  
I think it's more likely that he'll win 100 events than 19 majors. It's in his head now.
 
2013-09-20 05:23:08 PM  

yelmrog: He's definitely got a good shot at it, the question is whether his body will hold up.


The local sports station has a golf show every Saturday up here and the host once spent about an hour talking about how a lot of Tigers swing shouldn't really work as well as it does and he wondered if his body was going to hold up as a result.  Fast forward a year or two and there goes his knee, followed by the back, etc.  You have to wonder if he isn't going to have to fully rebuild his swing from the ground up as the big 4-0 approaches.
 
2013-09-20 05:26:27 PM  

neon_god: He's a 37 year old who's indisputably the best golfer in the world at the moment. He won 5 tournaments this year, topped the money list by a huge margin, and had two top 10 finishes at majors. I mean, I don't like the guy any more than anyone else does, but it seems pretty likely that he'll easily win 5 more.


I don't think I would describe it as easily. He's on the down side of his career, and no one is more heavily scrutinized than Tiger, which, I think, is starting to annoy him to the point that it's gotten into his head.

As someone pointed out after the British Open, Phil Mickelson has had an amazing career and has only five majors. To expect Tiger - who, to be fair, has been in a different league than Phil and the rest for most of his career - to win five at this point in his career is a stretch.

I guess it all depends on whether he goes and sees Dr. Anthony Galea (wink, wink) again . . .
 
2013-09-20 05:42:11 PM  
 
2013-09-20 05:49:07 PM  
The last 5 won't be as easy at the previous wins. There are a ton of good players out there now.
 
2013-09-20 05:52:52 PM  
Tiger in his prime was the best golfer evar...but he won't win 5 more majors
 
2013-09-20 06:02:34 PM  

Old Huntstein: neon_god: He's a 37 year old who's indisputably the best golfer in the world at the moment. He won 5 tournaments this year, topped the money list by a huge margin, and had two top 10 finishes at majors. I mean, I don't like the guy any more than anyone else does, but it seems pretty likely that he'll easily win 5 more.

I don't think I would describe it as easily. He's on the down side of his career, and no one is more heavily scrutinized than Tiger, which, I think, is starting to annoy him to the point that it's gotten into his head.

As someone pointed out after the British Open, Phil Mickelson has had an amazing career and has only five majors. To expect Tiger - who, to be fair, has been in a different league than Phil and the rest for most of his career - to win five at this point in his career is a stretch.

I guess it all depends on whether he goes and sees Dr. Anthony Galea (wink, wink) again . . .


I think the key is age. I know he's had injury problems, but 37 isn't that old for a golfer. Mickelson, who's probably the second best player of this era, has won two since age 40. Like you said, Tiger's been in a different league most of his career and still probably is. I don't think he'll blow past 18 like it looked like he would 5 years ago, but at even money I'd definitely bet on him doing  it. On thing I think we will see is him going to fewer and fewer non-major tournaments. He'll shatter Sam Snead's record next year, and then all that's left is winning majors. It's all that's left for him to be the consensus #1 all time, and all he's ever really cared about anyways.
 
2013-09-20 06:07:05 PM  
I just don't see it happening. Yeah, Nicklaus won the Masters when he was 46, but that was his first major win in six years.
Tiger gets so much torque for his power game, and that took a toll on his weight-bearing joints. I just don't see him winning five more majors, particularly since he hasn't won one in five years.
 
2013-09-20 06:27:02 PM  
I just don't see it, unless he backs in to a couple of PGA's and get a couple more pachinko style British setups.
 
2013-09-20 07:25:59 PM  

yelmrog: He's definitely got a good shot at it, the question is whether his body will hold up.


The body is key, but I wonder more about his head. He can win elite gold tournaments - incluing several this year - but he's got a mental block when it comes to majors.

He's currently close to Jack's pace which means he has about 10 years to win 5 majors. If he gets his head straight, a major every other year is likely.
 
2013-09-20 07:27:19 PM  
/oops he won golf tournaments, not gold tournaments, so far as I am aware
 
2013-09-20 08:24:10 PM  
He already beat his majorette record
 
2013-09-20 09:28:21 PM  
A.) jack has to say that
B.) I'd say Tiger has just as good a shot as anyone else at winning 5 majors in the next 5 years.
C.) Rory Mac is making Tigers run more and more impressive!
 
2013-09-20 10:15:38 PM  
the axxhat seems to have a problem showing up on Sunday without his family to collect the Major trophies,  perhaps self inflicted discrace/humility is currently in his head?
 
2013-09-20 10:39:44 PM  
Everyone saying he's already too old: look at what FIGJAM's been able to accomplish
 
2013-09-20 10:41:42 PM  
False humility on Jacks part.

Could happen though.

/ there's an 18.24% chance...
 
2013-09-20 11:09:51 PM  

johnny_vegas: http://golfmajorchampionships.com/byAge


What does that have to do with anything?
 
2013-09-20 11:48:04 PM  
Nope.
His body is slowly breaking down.
Its in his head.
His kids are getting to that "daddy stay home" age.
But I'm still pulling for him.
 
2013-09-21 09:20:29 AM  
It's a bit of a stretch at this point, but I wouldn't bet against him. Just like I would have never bet against Jordan. Maybe the best thing to happen to him is the aging process, if he cuts down his swing a tad, maybe he'll be more accurate and not escaping from the woods and deep rough like he has most of his career.
 
2013-09-21 06:50:12 PM  

WinoRhino: johnny_vegas: http://golfmajorchampionships.com/byAge

What does that have to do with anything?


you mean a graph showing the age distribution of golfers winning major championships in a  thread that discusses whether Tiger is getting too old to win 5 major championships?

4.bp.blogspot.com

/obtuse is you
 
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