Sep
21
2011
Norman Knocks Tiger’s Major Chances
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Oh when the shark bites...

Everyone has an opinion on Tiger Woods — which Elk’s cartoon cleverly depicts — because, well, he’s Tiger Woods. Last week Jack Nicklaus said Tiger could still break his majors record. Greg Norman is the latest to chime in with his two cents:

“Tiger, when he dominated, had a single-shot approach,” Norman said. “It was only about the golf.”

That’s just not the case anymore, Norman said.

“Now there are so many distractions, and people are looking for things that are wrong with Tiger now, so he’s got to deal with that on a day-to-day basis, like every other mortal has to do, right?” Norman continued. “In our lives, in our business, we all have to be responsible for our actions. It’s very hard for him to have that focus. And the more he shuts people off, the worse it gets.”

“…Norman said Woods lacks the “street smarts” to recover his game and his life.

“He thinks everything’s OK because his world is so cocooned,” Norman said.

Bold statement from Norman. I mean, I don’t think Tiger will dominate the way he did again, but I wouldn’t rule out him winning another major or even four. It just depends if he can get it together mentally.

Look, I can only imagine what it’s like to go through a divorce and try to play golf. Obviously, it’s tough (just look at how other guys have played when they’ve dealt with it — Lucas Glover last year; supposedly Paul Casey this year). Take that and times it by 1,000 for Tiger since it wasn’t an ordinary divorce, along with the scandal side, leading to his fall from grace. No wonder he’s a mess! But once things settle down, maybe he can regain his focus and more important, the mental side of the game.

For now, we’ll continue to be intrigued, and watch and wonder every time he tees it up.