I never thought TW would come back from two strokes down in the final round to win another Green Jacket. In fact, I didn’t think he’d ever win another major after all of the back issues.
I was wrong about a good deal of things, including Francesco Molinari coughing up that two strokes lead on the back nine.
So, Tiger makes history on a number of points I can think of off-hand – 15th major and only 3 less than Jack Nicklaus’ haul, 5 Green Jackets, only 1 less than J.N., the longest period between Masters victories (14 years), and of course his first come-from-behind win ever for a major.
I’m sure there are other records in there somewhere, but the mystery is solved (for me at least) on why TW’s ball speed has been a good deal lower than it was last season.
It means he decided at some point to stop chasing the young bombers and just swing, put the ball in play (most of the time) and let his overall game do the work.
I’d say… it worked.
Which brings me to the “what if…”
What if he’d learned to play golf with a Classic Golf Swing instead of the Modern Golf Swing, leading to all the injuries and those years struggling with physical issues (from ’08 to ’18, a stretch of ten years with various physical ailments and injuries) and missing great chunks of (or whole) seasons?
I once said that had he been taught a Classic Golf Swing, Tiger would be, all else being equal, at around 25 majors and counting.
If he’s at 15 now, is it inconceivable that a healthy, Classic-swinging Tiger Woods wouldn’t have averaged one major win per in those ten years?
I guess we’ll never know the answer to that, but I’d have to say now that with 15 majors to Jack Nicklaus’ 18, I’m getting closer to calling him the G.O.A.T.
I still give it to Jack for now, but apparently the clock hasn’t yet run out on arguably the greatest talent ever to play golf.
Career wise, I’m pretty sure even TW would say that 18 beats 15, all other wins aside.
- So, I said in ’08 after his early season knee surgery and layoff that he wasn’t going to win the U.S. Open upon his return, although when he did win, I asked how many future majors he’d cost himself by playing on that ruined leg.
- I was pretty sure he would win the ’09 PGA Championship, so sure that I went to play golf that day and watched it on recording when I got home.
- I didn’t think he’d win today… you know, I really am bad at picking horses, which is why I don’t gamble.
So, I’ll leave the crystal ball and tea leaves to others and stick to talking golf swing mechanics from here on in… because the Classic Golf Swing is the proper way mechanically to swing a golf club.
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