Written by; Clifford, Santa Monica
The days of the year 2000 Tiger (which, if I recall, also included three majors) are likely over if only because the dude is fast approaching 40. That said, I still see the current Tiger winning more often than any other player on the tour because even though the field is supposedly deeper now than it was back then, NO ONE from among Tiger’s current challengers seems capable of bunching together wins in a 5 or 6 tournament stretch like him other then Rory… Keegan Bradley, Rickey Fowler, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar have all been touted as legitimate reasons why Tiger won’t dominate the tour as he once did. But who among those I just mentioned wins even as often as 8 per cent of their starts?? Who among them are as fiercely determined to win as Tiger is (even at his advanced age of 37)? Who is as capable of getting the best out of a round gone bad by grinding (as Rory pointed out about Tiger last week)? Answer: No one that I can see. In fewer words, Tiger wouldn’t need to win now the way he did then to dominate the PGA Tour if only because his pursuers haven’t lived up to their own hype—at least not so far…and frankly, other than McIlroy, I’m not sure they ever will. Many of them, I’m afraid, will have David Duval’s advanced pub and wind up being as unproductive as he was—for whatever reason. Sergio Garcia, so far, being an obvious case in point.
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