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Tiger Woods will never regain aura

Jack Nicklaus's record major haul to remain in tact

Posted Feb 03, 2011 by Jeff Dawson

Tiger Woods

Golf fans worldwide have been hoping Tiger Woods will reignite his career following a traumatic 2010 but the early signs are that 2011 may be as barren as the last 12 months for the former world number one.

Woods, who has previously won five times at Torrey Pines, struggled to compete finishing 15 shots off winner Bubba Watson. In fact his stats for the event were terrible in general and although he finished on -1, he will be disappointed that he didn't make more of an impression on the field.

He finished 151st in the putting stakes, averaging 1.813, he was ranked 153rd for birdies with just 3.25 per round and was well down the field in terms of driving accuracy, greens hit and scoring.He used to be dominant off the tee and not many could live with him, but since reconstructing his swing with Sean Foley, that distance and power just isn't there. He needs his swing to click and to click fast if he is to get that elusive win.

Many, including myself, had expect him to have overtaken the great Jack Nicklaus's major record by now but he still trails that 18-major haul by four and the signs don't look promising for the future.The biggest problem that Woods faces is that his game has got worse yet the rest of the field is getting stronger.

Previously he had an aura that frightened others with the likes of Ernie Els, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson wilting under the pressure of him being there. Now, these modern day stars just don't fear him. In fact, they're happy to give him some stick and show him that he is no longer the force he once was.

We've seen it a few times already. Rory McIlroy said before the Ryder Cup that he hoped he was paired against Woods as he saw him as the weak link. Europe went on to win the prestigious team event. And this week, rookie, Brendan Steele called out Woods saying "I don't think he gave it everything today", and when that happens you know that a new era is beckoning.

Whilst the likes of Graeme McDowell, Watson, Martin Kaymer, McIlroy and Lee Westwood are increasing the level of competition out there, they are also improving the mental side of the game and they are becoming as ruthless as Woods once was.

It's going to take a momentous effort from Woods to regain the kind of stranglehold on the game he once had and for me, I personally think that he will never again reach those heights and I am going to stick my neck out there and say that Nicklaus's record in the majors will not be broken by Tiger Woods. Ever.

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