Dec
30
2014
Happy 39th birthday, Tiger Woods!
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods turned 39 today on December 30th, 2014. Happy Birthday, TW! Hope he’s celebrating in style. Can you buh-lieve he’s 39 already?

Let’s take some time to reflect on what to expect from Woods in the new year. 

Well, good news is he’s healthy and his swing is looking much better, according to the experts at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month. In recent years when his body has cooperated, he’s had record-breaking years with lots of regular PGA Tour victories (but no majors since the 2008 U.S. Open).

The bad news is he isn’t getting any younger, and if anything, with all the wear and tear and surgeries his body has endured, he’s an “old” 39. Can he break his major drought in 2015? I think we’d all like to say that he will, but my head is saying, the odds are slim — the history books also back that up.

Golf Channel’s Justin Ray tweeted that the most majors won after turning 39 in the modern era are three by Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead. So, even if Tiger matches this number, he still won’t reach Nicklaus’ all-time majors record.

We all know that when Woods has been at his best, he’s one of the most intriguing figures in sports. He’s achieved the unfathomable time and time again, but can this Tiger Woods, the one that’s been plagued with injuries and now 39 years old, reinvigorate himself to accomplish what seems rather unlikely? We’ll see. The competition is only getting tougher, which ironically is partly Woods’ own doing by inspiring the younger generation to be just as great.

What do you expect from Tiger in 2015?