Tiger Woods has missed the cut in two of the last three major championships he’s played in. His last top-10 finish at a major was at the British Open in 2013, which also was the last year he finished in the top 10 at any tournament. His pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s record 18 major championships is all but over, right?
Nah, Woods said Tuesday while taking questions from reporters ahead of this week’s British Open at St. Andrews. Here’s the Press Association:
Asked if he had given up hope of beating Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major titles, the former world No. 1 said: “No, not at all. I’m still young. I’m not 40 yet.
“I know some of you guys think I’m buried and done but I’m still right here in front of you. I love playing. I love competing, and I love playing these events.
“I feel like my body is finally healed up from the [back] surgery from last year. They say it takes you about four to six months to get back, but I’ve heard a lot of guys on tour who have had the surgery and other athletes say it takes over a year to get back. I think they were probably closer to being right, it being a full year to get back.
“It would have been one thing if I would have gone through the procedure and then had the same golf swing but I’ve changed the golf swing too on top of that and so I had to fight both at the same time.”
Anyway, reports from Tuesday’s practice round suggest a more relaxed Tiger Woods.
Two of Woods’s three British Open trophies have come at St. Andrews — he won the two titles by a combined 13 shots — so he’s shown a certain comfort level with the Old Course. And he insists he still has a lot of golf in him.
“Retirement? I don’t have any AARP card yet, so I’m a ways from that,” Woods, 39, said Tuesday via USA Today.