Woods not interested in taking on Arnie
Greg Norman threatened to do it, when he was the world’s number one player. Now the current world number one Tiger Woods has suggested the same thing.
When he cannot be competitive on the PGA Tour and in any event he plays, then he’ll give it away. And let’s not forget Woods has a lifetime exemption to the US Masters as a four-time winner of the Augusta event.
Tiger Woods (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Yet Woods made it quite clear at the recent Northwestern Mutual World Challenge when he said he wouldn’t be breaking Arnold Palmer’s record of 50 consecutive US Masters appearances.
“For me, I always want to win,” Woods said.
“So if I can’t win, why tee it up? That’s just my own personal belief.”
“And I know what it takes to prepare to win and what it takes to go out there and get the job done, and there’s going to become a point in time where I just can’t do it anymore.”
“As athletes we all face that moment. I’m a ways from that moment in my sport, but when that day happens, I’ll make a decision and that’s it.”
What Woods may not know, or be prepared to admit sometime in the future, is when he is no longer a threat, can no longer win against the young guns.
“In golf, you can still win tournaments in your 50s, and guys have done it,” he said.
“Probably the more difficult thing is that you can still finish top 10, top five, but you’re probably just not quite as efficient as you need to be to win golf tournaments.
“But you can still be there.”
Woods did say he would be happy enough to be on the first tee hitting a shot beside other former champions to start the event.
“So I mean, you hit a good drive and you can’t get to where you can see the flag?
“I don’t know why it’s even fun.”
Yet even with several knee operations, the Masters is one event Woods hasn’t missed since his first win there in 1997.
Even he will find it difficult to turn his back on that tradition.