Nick Faldo: A 15th Major Would Be Tiger Woods’ Greatest Career Achievement
You might have noticed that a fashionable subject of debate in golf circles is whether Tiger Woods will surpass Jack Nicklaus’ mark of 18 career majors.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves: a 15th major might be impressive enough.
That’s the word this week from Sir Nick Faldo, who told Golfmagic.com that nabbing another major would qualify as Woods’ “greatest career achievement” given all that the aging, oft-injured superstar has working against him.
“One thing we forget with Tiger is that he’s been at this game for nearly 20 years now,” Faldo said. “For any athlete, you’re eventually going to tail off at some point. For Tiger to find consistency, with the latest back injury, it’s tough for him. All these injuries he’s enudred in recent times, they all stack up.”
“When you look at the stats,” Faldo continued, “he’s been off the course through injury 31 months in the last six years. It’s got to all add up with the wear and tear on the body and the wear and tear on the mind. So who knows if Tiger will even win a 15th major when you think he’s got to beat the likes of Rory McIlroy and people like that. It will be unbelievable if he can win a 15th major, though. I personally think it will be the greatest achievement in his career if he can win a 15th major.”
Woods has 14 major titles, a number he’s been stuck on since winning the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. To help get back on track, Faldo said, Woods should reconsider his tournament schedule.
“If I had one true criticism of Tiger, I’d just love him to play a week and then have a week off to assess it, then come back and do it again. Do that for a couple of months. He talks about playing reps, and saying that is his priority, and then he doesn’t play.”
Woods, whose name was once practically etched in stone atop the World Golf Rankings, is now the 10th ranked player in the world and sits at 215th in the FedEx Cup standings, well below the top-125 cut off for the Fed Ex Cup playoffs. Woods’ participation in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September will depend on whether Tom Watson takes him as a captain’s pick.
“Tom has a lot of ifs about Tiger,” Faldo said. “If he’s playing well, if he’s performing well and if he’s got some results. Those are three big ifs.”