What were you doing on November 27, 2009?
It's probably hard to remember last week, let alone almost five years ago. Tiger Woods drove into a fire hydrant on November 27, 2009.
In the life of an athlete, five years is a monstrous length of time. There's still this wonderfully positive group of people who follow Tiger's every move and still believe in him. Don't waste your time talking about how he's done in one small tournament once a year that pumps you full of hope. Name the Saturday or Sunday round in a major after the fire hydrant that looked like Tiger before the fire hydrant.
Tiger Woods is not the same guy. No one would be the same person if they experienced the self-inflicted problems of Tiger Woods at the end of 2009. The problem is that guy drew great confidence from the life he was leading. That confidence is gone. He has nothing to draw from in recent history.
Look at how few golfers are repeat winners in a major. It's easy to know why. There's too many other good golfers. Tiger has "raised" an entire generation of young golfers to understand the focus it takes to be great. The new Tiger isn't confident enough to beat all of the new Tigers he's created. For years, Tiger's talent dominated the first three rounds and his confidence was a blockade against any other golfer's ability to catch him on a Sunday. Those days are gone.
He's a man who has never come back when trailing on Sunday. In 14 majors that ended with Tiger holding a trophy, none of them started that day with Tiger trailing. If he couldn't come back when he was at the height of his game, it's too far a leap to think he can do it for the first time now.
Five years is long enough to say Tiger Woods is one of the better golfers in the game right now who will never live up to the old Tiger Woods. There's a lot of good golfers in the PGA and the current Tiger sits with them. It's the old Tiger that is the legend.
Jack's 18 majors will never be surpassed.