Posted August 04, 2014

Nick Faldo: A 15th Major Would Be Tiger Woods’ Greatest Career Achievement

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Tiger Woods tees off during the final round of the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool (Credit: Getty Images).

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.”

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Brian Whatley
Brian Whatley

Right now making a cut might be an achievement.

Susan Barnes
Susan Barnes

I wouldn't say that... He's already done some pretty awesome things. But it sure would be extra icing on the cake. Go Tiger!! Love you!

Dave Klein
Dave Klein

Yes, but will win more than that

Buck2185
Buck2185

Faldo made a mistake when he said a 15th major would be Tigger's greatest achievement. Instead of major, Faldo meant to say waitress..........

Ramana Koduru
Ramana Koduru

TIGER HAS THE GAME!!! He only needs physical fitness and the right moment! Don't doubt his caliber!

Ken Jackson
Ken Jackson

@Effisimo-I have a senior tour I play on now 3 days a week. Par 69 track. Excellent track .most of us are retired some play 5 or more rounds per week, so thy all play well. We love golf. Keep it in the fair way dude--Fore!

Bruce Effisimo
Bruce Effisimo

I'll be 93! Hope both of us are still swatting it around the links. Par (are) or better at 105?? You should join the tour NOW!!

Ken Jackson
Ken Jackson

@ Effisimo - Oh well, the best is still in the game at least. 14 MAJORS is a better start then anyone or 2,3,4, Pros on the Tour, execpt Monica-; with a chance of winning 20 or more Majors in the next 20 Years. If you doubt the possibility then just kick back and watch. I don't think you are #tigerhater, but can't seem to get the margins right. Tell me more in 2050, i' 'll be 105, still shooting par are better, where you @. Game over.

Bruce Effisimo
Bruce Effisimo

At least 40!! The majority of his fans firmly believe he'll win the 2050 Masters as a ceremonial starter for his, let's say 44th major. Those past 6 plus years of no majors must be excruciatingly painful for you. Get use to the number FOURTEEN!!

Bob Pickard
Bob Pickard

It would be a big one, for sure, but he damn sure can't win 18 if he fails to ever win a 15th one.

Ken Jackson
Ken Jackson

@ Effisimo -Its all good. 28-20. Senior Tour just 11 yrs away for Tiger.I wonder where it will end. Hope to be around to watch, say a total of 40 Majors. Umm.

Dakota Jones
Dakota Jones

It would be important in the grand scheme of things, but why would you put that above 14 MAJORS.

Dave Hausmann
Dave Hausmann

how many majors did "Sir Nick" win??? jealous much??

Keith Denver
Keith Denver

PED's have ruined his body,it won him 6-10 majors and he's worth millions! But he will never break Jacks record and that makes things right! Jack is the Greatest of all Time!

Bahia
Bahia

Faldo says Tiger is over the hill.  Only Tiger can prove Faldo wrong.  Fans tune in to find out.

George Rex
George Rex

Say what you want people faldo is exactly right!! Tiger is notttt in his 20s or early 30s he is almost 40! And health is damaged

Bruce Effisimo
Bruce Effisimo

Now you've reached the depths of desperation. Since you're counting US Juniors how about a shred of fairness and count Jack's senior majors. I'll correct your score, it now 28-20!!

Bruce Effisimo
Bruce Effisimo

Woods will be 39 in December. I'm sure you sang the same tune 6 plus years ago.

Leo Evans
Leo Evans

I second that. Have a good one. I'll be watching for sure. ;-)

Stephen35
Stephen35

All together now. In unison. Reedster: "Faldo is up Tiger's rear"  CSO: "Faldo is being politically correct to avoid media backlash and Tiger is a meanie"  Morphy: "Tigger.....that's all I got. Tigger" 

Jason Cook
Jason Cook

This is what im saying, you can't be selective anymore. Your 38. I understand the whole wanting to stay fresh for majors and everything but what has this limited schedule done for tiger woods? A big fat nothing. In 2000 when tiger dominated he played in literally every other tournament. I see a guy who doesn't trust his golf game doesn't trust his swing doesn't trust his ability anymore. In tigers peak yes he was scary you didn't want to hear tiger was playing in that tournament because it was basically a win for tiger. Tiger needs reps and honestly I think he needs to re contact butch harmon and get the 2000- 2007 tiger back when no one could touch him.... because what I saw at the British open was tiger woods did not trust his golf swing.

GoodOleTom
GoodOleTom

GoodOleTom don't worry too much about this stuff...gonna get up on the roof and adjust the rabbit ears so I can watch "Cops" re-runs tonight with a glass of moonshine.

WallyTheDuck
WallyTheDuck

Not bad. I'm sure Faldo would like Tiger to play more for ratings. This reminds me of the Henry Rowengartner story. At least he got the girl in the end.

macer
macer

Predicting a major win or any win is a blatant waste of time because so many variables impact winning performance; home life, weather, luck of the bounce, outstanding play an other players, physical fitness, and others.

There are no if's, and's, and butt's in golf.  IF Tiger wins another major, one can assess his greatest major win, and the assessment would differ depending on the individual.

Sir Nick Faldo, one of the greatest players in the history of golf with six major wins! 

Sir Nick Faldo leaves much to be desired as a golf analyst!

Rodney Hall
Rodney Hall

Please please read what's being written - NF is not criticising tiger

Rodney Hall
Rodney Hall

Once again you are not READING the comment correctly NF is simply saying that if he gets his 15th it will rank as one of his best whether or not he gets only 15 or 18+

Rodney Hall
Rodney Hall

I don't think NF was predicting the future - I think he's making a point that Tigers 15th (if it comes) will rank as one of his greatest

Golfasorous
Golfasorous

Kudos for the best post so far.  LMFAO!

samkilgert
samkilgert

The buttlicker will need psychological help after reading that 

Buck2185
Buck2185

@Stephen35  Although somewhat funny, you are incorrect. Reedster would have said "Tigger's rear" not Tiger...

samkilgert
samkilgert

@Stephen35 actually, you're up tiger rear along with euro, macer, alcoholic and golf.com writer. Ever wonder how you all can fitted in there ....because he's the biggest aho of all time.

georgejeffwash
georgejeffwash

Dude, you sounded paranoid or you hearing voices in your head's but that's normal fot you.

alcohaulinass
alcohaulinass

@samkilgert @Stephen35  So, because we or I happen to like a particular athlete, we're "a$$ lickers" or up his butt??? Pi$$ off dude. There are several guys I happen to like on tour. So, if someone happens to like Luke Donald, then they're Luke a$$ lickers??? God. the idiocy on this message board. Go off yourself along with the rest of the dumba$$es.

Stephen35
Stephen35

@samkilgert @Stephen35 After I reread this a few times to get through the poor grammar the punch line was actually pretty good! Well done man

georgejeffwash
georgejeffwash

Al such a fouls language, you're making stephen fuzzy, warm and moist. He's just about ready for you, maybe, just one more then he's all your.

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