HOLYAKE, England — Gary Player knows a few things about winning majors. On Wednesday at Royal Liverpool, the nine-time major champion said that Tiger Woods has actually fallen short of his potential major haul to this point in his career.
“If he’d never had a lesson after he’d won the U.S. Open by 15 shots — if he’d never gone to anybody, not to degrade the teachers, he would have won in my opinion 24 majors, minimum, because he demoralized the field and was so good,” Player said in an interview with Golf.com. “He then started getting in my opinion a little bit of paralysis of analysis in changing that phenomenal swing that he had to a swing where there are faults.”
Player added that he believes Tiger’s future is still bright.
“He’ll eradicate them," Player said. "He’s so talented. I’m hoping he comes back strong and does well because the Tour needs Tiger Woods."
Woods won his last major at the 2008 U.S. Open and remains stuck on 14 for his career. He’s in the field this week to compete in his first major of the season after sitting out the Masters and U.S. Open following back surgery. In his first and only tune-up for Royal Liverpool, he missed the cut at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional.