Bets are Off for Tiger Woods - Golfer no Longer Invincible FavoriteThe August 08, 2010, By Bernard Lamothe
Although the past year has been long, it seems like only yesterday when Tiger Woods was America’s poster boy, seemingly doing no wrong. However, over the past year, a lot has changed, and chances are Woods won’t be able to put his way back to Jack Nicklaus' record for major championships.;
Only eight months ago, Woods had already won 14 majors, one by 15 strokes (the 2000 Pebble Beach U.S. Open), another by 12 (the 1997 Masters) and a third (the 2008 Torrey Pines Open) on a knee that belonged on an operating table, all before the age of 34. Then Woods crashed his sport utility vehicle in the early morning after Thanksgiving, and his losing streak began. He has now lost his swing, his wife, his coach and, most recently, his putting stroke. His dignity is up for debate, thanks to salacious details provided by former flames.
This week brings the PGA Championship, a.k.a. Glory's Last Shot. It's also Woods' last chance to salvage something from a lost year. Golf Digest commissioned a team to count the number of bunkers at Whistling Straits, and the tally was 967, a world record. If he does not contend, Woods might just want to hide in one of them. Woods was a non-factor in the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. He opened with a 75, survived the cut with 69, stayed within nine shots of eventual winner Vijay Singh with another 69 and came home with 73, finishing at two-under and tied for 24th. .