Tiger turns 30
The greatest golfer ever to play the game hits his thirties today. Yes sir, the prodigy is all grown up -- Tiger Woods is 30.
Better than Nicklaus? Let the debate begin. Interestingly, the Scotsman was out last night (gotta love the five hour head start) with a story detailing the difference 10 years has had on Tiger's game. He dominated at the 1997 Masters, but with his improved swing and ability to intimidate and outplay his opponents, it is clear the current Tiger is the better model. Things get better with age, apparently, even if you had a bum knee.
The Scotsman comments on Woods at 30:
At 30, Woods is poised to pose more of a threat to posterity than he did at 20 for the simple reason that he won't make the same rash mistakes which cost him in the early days of his career. The interesting thing about 2005 from Tiger's perspective was how, in acquiring better course management skills, there was no dimming of the brilliance which sets him apart from all of his contemporaries.
While it may at first appear that hitting 50% of fairways is not actually better course management, Woods has come to realize that's his best bet at bettering modern PGA Tour courses. Hit it long, in the rough and wedge it out. Worked for Vijay in 2004 and worked for Woods this year. As long as the putter remains steady, Woods will best Nicklaus majors mark and I'm betting he does it by 40. Let's hope that at least some competitors remain in the picture to keep this from being all Tiger, all the time.
The Scotsman story is here.