Tiger Woods Eyes History

Tiger Woods Eyes History Photo: TT
Tiger Woods eyes history

Tiger Woods will play in his first competitive event since February, in Dublin, Ohio this week, where he is taking part in the Memorial Tournament. And he will begin the event with one eye on the history books, knowing that victory will see him eclipse Sam Sneads record of 82 victories on the PGA tour.

Both men are tied on the benchmark, nine clear of the legendary Jack Nicklaus, with some of the greats of the game like Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan further back on the list.

Of the men still playing the game, Phil Mickelson is Woods nearest challenger, but he has only managed 44, and he is six years older than him, and towards the tail-end of his career.

At one stage it looked like Woods would have been out of sight by now when it came to the record books. He dominated the sport in the early 2000s and was world number one for almost a decade.

However, well-documented problems in his private life, and a series of injuries then intervened; between 2014 and 2017 he underwent surgery on four occasions to try and cure a persistent back problem.

All that means that the chances of him equalling or pass the Nicklaus record of 18 wins in major championships have now receded. He did win the Masters at Atlanta last April, but that was his first success at a Major for eleven years (and his 15th in all). He is now at an age where he struggles to put four competitive rounds together in the heat of a major tournament.

What Woods will miss this week in Ohio are the huge galleries that follow him everywhere he plays. Despite his recent struggles and problems, he remains by far the biggest draw in the sport, and every time he steps on a golf course, there are hundreds of people watching his every move, with the constant click of cameras.

None of that will be present this week with fans banned from the course because of the threat posed by the coronavirus.

How he copes without the gallery and the energy that they impart remains to be seen.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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