The Cut : The Cut - Autumn 2017
GOLF & LEISURE 85 on his limited schedule and, of course, won his 18th and final major at the 1986 Masters at age 46. Anchored on 14 major wins, Woods has yet to move the needle on the scoreboard in his 40s and faces another mental and physical challenge to regain full health and fitness before he can even contemplate being competitive again. The Nicklaus record will no doubt be a high-water mark that Woods continues to aspire to publicly but he is now almost nine years removed from his last major title at the 2008 US Open. By contrast, Nicklaus’ dual-major-winning season in 1980 came after a gap of just 17 months from his win at the 1978 Open at St Andrews. The Golden Bear may have struggled with his game by his standards for most of 1979 – despite finishing fourth, tied ninth and tied second in the first three majors that year – but he proved beyond doubt that in no way, shape or form had he forgotten how to win in that time. Until he is able to get back on course and compete for an extended period of time without incident, we won’t know if the same can be said for Tiger Woods. TIGER’S MAJOR VICTORIES 1997 THE MASTERS 2002 THE MASTERS 2005 THE MASTERS 2005 THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 2006 THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 2007 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP 1999 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP 2002 US OPEN 2008 US OPEN 2000 US OPEN 2006 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP 2000 THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 2000 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP 2001 THE MASTERS The two ‘best ever’ players, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, at age 41. Woods appears the more supremely strong and fit of the two, but Nicklaus remained ‘golf fit’ and injur y free well into his 40s.
The Cut - Summer 2017
The Cut - Winter 2017