It's been quite a year for the World no. 1 golfer. Probably not one he’d want to relive with the revelations about his private life, his voluntary exclusion from the game and the media blood bath that followed with some rather uncomfortable moments. The World’s media turned its eye to the highest paid athlete of 2008. Woods grew up in Orange County, California and was brandishing a golf club a very tender age. Nurtured through academies his talent became visible very early and he was swiftly talked about as the next big thing in golf. Boy did he live up to that reputation. Having bagged 14 Majors since turning pro in 1996 a number only eclipsed by Jack Nicklaus who won a staggering 18!
That record is sure to tumble as woods is currently ranked world number 1 and has held that position longer than any other professional golfer, a feat that will prove hard to match. His dominance is similar to that of Michael Schumacher who won an unprecedented 7 world championship drivers titles. As for current form however, Woods has been likened to more of a pussy cat than a tiger, with his competitive edge seemingly lacking. There is no doubt he holds the key to the greatest ability golf has seen, a combination of shot variation, course management and seemingly nerves of steel, but with recent knee surgery sidelining him for the best part of a season and the more recent ‘off the course’ tribulations his form has dipped and he is for the first time in a long time having to battle to retain his world no.1 status. Phil Mickelson is hot on his heels and can smell victory and the Open Championship could be the place to strip Tiger of his cherished ranking.
As for the Open, 2010 see’s its 150th anniversary being played out at the spectacular St. Andrews, the spiritual home of golf. While the preparation is hotting up with the talk of Tiger’s new putter, the weather for sure is anything but hot! Gusty winds and torrential downpours are sure to throw a few surprises to the field and I am sure that has opened the door for some of the lesser known players. A chance to win the Open Championship! Scotland really is seeing some nasty weather at the moment and whilst no one expects the need for sun cream, just 30 miles from Edinburgh
it’s really kicking up a storm!
As for Tiger loosing his teeth? I think the tactics are pretty good from the other players and pundits around the world of golf, but I would not bet against Tiger biting back and showing the world of golf that he is still the greatest player to ever pick up a set of clubs, new putter or not.