Having thought, like many golf fans, that Tiger Woods and his golf game had rolled over and played dead, I am revising my expectations of him.
He is alive and well and possibly could break Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major victories. Nobody in their right mind would have thought that two years ago.
Tiger hasn’t won a major since the 2009 U.S. Open, but he briefly held the lead in the final round of Open Championship at Carnoustie and gave Brooks Koepka a run for his money (a lot) in the PGA Championship.
Last week, he finished strong in the first round of the FedEx Playoffs, and now is being considered for the Ryder Cup team as a player as well as an assistant coach.
That’s an amazing showing for what he has been through in the last 10 years: injuries, infidelities, more injuries, a stint in rehab for pain killers and more injuries.
Woods turns 43 later this year, but barring any more serious setbacks, he has a chance. Consider that Nicklaus was 46 when he won the 1986 Masters, and Tom Watson nearly won the 2009 British in 2009 at 59-years-old.
Age is just a number, and Tiger seems in better shape than those two plus Phil Mickelson who is winning on the PGA Tour at 48.
Don’t count him. He still could be playing and competing at 60-years-old just like Bernhard Langer.