As always the news of Tiger Woods' return brings up the same old question: Will Tiger surpass Jack Nicklaus´ major tournament victories record?
From our point of view, not really.
There is no doubting that Woods is a tremendous talent and was for a very long time the very best golfer in the world, but you have to consider various aspects on which to base your opinion.
1 – Woods´ body is not what it used to be, and will it be able to hold up against the grind and pressure of playing tournament golf on a regular basis. Well, history says that in recent times it has not, and with the injuries suffered and surgeries he has undergone, it is unlikely that he will ever return to the power hitter he once was.
2 – The area of his game that was always considered to be a weakness, now has to be his strength if he is going to challenge for more major trophies. The short game has always been considered a weakness in what is a very strong all round game. Now is the time when Woods must polish his short game if he is going to be considered a contender for major victories. He will never be the force he was in the long game because of his aging body, therefore he has to try and find a way to reduce his scores, and that is his short game.
Don´t get us wrong, when his short game is on, he is one of the finest in the game, but all too often when needed he could not rely on it to get him out of jail.
We feel that to have any chance of competing in the biggest tournaments, he needs to really polish and improve around the greens.