Yet even if Woods stays healthy into his 40s, Nick Faldo isn’t so sure he’ll someday capture major No. 19.
“I think it’s slim,” Faldo told the BBC on Sunday. “(If) people want a yes or no, I’d lean towards no.
“As you get older the little demons sit on your shoulder, you’ve seen one too many bad shots at the wrong time, and it starts to eat away at you.”
Woods has been stuck on 14 majors since June 2008. Though Woods won three times in 2012, Faldo contends that the world No. 2 is “frustrated right now because he wants to win majors.”
This is the second time in the past few months that Faldo, a commentator for CBS Sports, has taken a shot at Woods. In September, he opined that young players are no longer “afraid” of Woods, and that Tiger’s weekend woes have reduced him to being just a “normal, very, very good golfer.”
As for Woods’ majorless drought, Faldo said, according to the report, “A lot of people thought he would just deal with it (Woods’ private-life problems) and get back on the golf course, but he seriously mentally scarred himself and it’s not going to be as easy as people think.
“He wrecked that wonderful tranquility you get of going to the golf course on a practice day and tipping out a bag of balls and just thinking of golf. … Slowly things have changed in his golf swing – physically, mentally, technically – and it’s a harder climb right now. Sure he can come back and do things, but it won’t be as dominant like he was.”
"Faldo doesn't believe Woods will catch Nicklaus," by Ryan Lavner appears courtesy of Golf Channel.
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