After his round on Friday at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Tiger was asked about the play of amateur Beau Hossler, who became a media hit throughout the weekend.
Tiger said: "Well ... long way to go. I kinda experienced that myself (as am amateur) at Oakland Hills - same deal, first round. (I) made a few mistakes after that and I think he made a few mistakes as well."
That's nice. When Tiger was the hot mateur, all of the established pros said nice things but now that he is the established pro he chooses to be arrogant and glib.
Hossler finished a plus-9, 289 for the four days, two shots back of Woods.
If Tiger chooses to be an arrogant so and so and behave like a brat on the course, that's his right. I have no problem with that. But don't fake the Mr. Nice Guy who is now trying to reach out to a fan base that adored him when, in reality, you'd much prefer keep their distance and allow you to live the life of celebrity without its hassles.
Woods will turn 37 in December, and his run on Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles is slipping with every tournament. Tiger has 14, and you would think he needs to get this done in the next few years. Winning a major after 40 can't be expected.
He is scheduled to play the British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England on July 19. Can't like his chances there. Despite his dominance, Tiger has never won the British (at that course). He's won the British at other courses three times.
Between that tournament and the end the time he turns 40, barring injury, he will have 18 more Majors to play to tie Jack.
Tiger wasn't won a Major since the 2008 U.S. Open.
He may one or two more, but given his play and his advancing age 18 seems unrealistic.
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