Tiger Woods is the biggest name in golf, even when he’s out of the field. Everyone knows that and no one can deny it.
Tiger has won 14 majors and has currently said he is not only looking to match Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major record, but surpass it. Did you know that he has broken that record already with World Golf Championship wins?
Rory McIlroy who’s won two WGC events, was asked why he thinks Tiger has won so many of these, ahead of the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai this week. He had the perfect response:
Honestly I think because of the no-cut format. I think that’s probably a big thing to do with it. You play with a little more freedom.
And I never want to criticize Tiger’s game at all, but if there was one thing or one negative you would say about him was that he probably wasn’t the fastest starter in the world in normal golf tournaments.
So here, you don’t really have that pressure of trying to play your way into a tournament. It’s a four-round tournament. You know you’re getting four rounds, so you’ve got plenty of time to make birdies and play well. And I think just from the get-go, you don’t quite feel the pressure. Even though you shouldn’t really be thinking about the cut or anything like that, but it is a little bit of a mental thing. But it takes the weight off you you, and you can go and play just that little bit freer.
He gave one more reason on top of all this, that really sums it up.
Can I just add one more thing to why he won so many? Because he was the best. There’s another reason.
You can’t argue with that. Well said Rory.