Tiger Woods will be able to break the 18 professional majors record achieved by Jack Nicklaus and Padraig Harrington is betting his money on that.
Woods missed the cut when he played the PGA Championship’s opening two rounds with Harrington but the Irishman saw enough good shots from Woods that he realized his game will not be gone forever.
“I still believe when he turns up and plays well in a given week, I think he’s well capable of winning any major he plays in,” Harrington said Tuesday. “He still has a good ball flight. He still hits it well. Once he puts it together in a given week, he can win and will going forward. … OK, it wasn’t his week that week. But when it is his week, he will win again.”
However, he said, the danger with Woods’ game now is that if something can go wrong on the course then it will. The leaderboard showed Woods at the top during the opening round’s five holes as he opened with a 77, but all that changed when one tee shot into the water and he ended up outside the top 100 in a major, for the very first time.
“This is what I would have seen at the PGA,” Harrington said. “Certain he played better, much better than his score. Whereas when he was on top of his game, he always scored really well. It was very rare that you would ever see Tiger Woods walking off a golf course where he had not got the most out of his round, where he certainly didn’t at the PGA. He got the minimum out of his rounds.”
Harrington, who is always tinkering with his swing, said he was not surprised when he saw Woods frustrated with the game’s technical part.
“When you’re kind of happy with your game, you tend to get the most out of it,” he said. “You feel like you shot 70 and you end up shooting 68. And when you’re not happy with your game, you feel like you shot 70 and you end up shooting 72. I experience that myself a lot. That’s kind of what I see in Tiger’s game.”