September 22, 2011
As much as we don't want to admit it, the golf world appears to be in need of some sort of Tiger fix. How else can you explain the recent stories coming out regarding Woods' chances of catching Jack Nicklaus, and the "Tiger era" coming to a close? While the 49th ranked player in the World Golf Rankings (I'll never get used to typing that) hasn't stepped on a course in a PGA event since the PGA Championship, Luke Donald and Jack Nicklaus both gave their opinions recently on the chances of Woods catching the Golden Bear.
Donald proclaimed the Tiger Woods era, while not entirely over, could be coming to a close. Nicklaus said that Woods still has a chance to break his major record. So in an effort to break the will-he-or won't-he deadlock, Greg Norman spoke to Golf Magazine and sided with Donald on Woods' future in the sport, telling the magazine that he doesn't believe the former No. 1 will ever win another major in his career.
"Now there are so many distractions, and people are looking for things that are wrong with Tiger now, so he's got to deal with that on a day-to-day basis, like every other mortal has to do, right?" Norman continued. "In our lives, in our business, we all have to be responsible for our actions. It's very hard for him to have that focus. And the more he shuts people off, the worse it gets."
Greg Norman has never been one to mince words, so nobody should be surprised by his comments. Plus, it's not like he's stating something we haven't heard a million times before. But I find the timing of the article a bit peculiar.
Woods used to be the kind of player that took these pot-shots to heart, and used them as bulletin board materials before a big event. And with the Presidents Cup being played in less than two months, you'd have to think Norman had a screw loose when he talked bluntly about Woods.
Was this his way of playing mind games with Tiger before the matches at Royal Melbourne? Who knows for sure. If Woods plays well at the Presidents Cup, then I guess we'll have our answer.