Tiger Woods is 41, has not played in a major since 2015, and hasn’t won a major since 2008. His career, for all intents and purposes, is over.
Unless it isn’t.
“My best guess is that we do see him (again on a golf course),” NBC Sports golf analyst Dan Hicks said in studio on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I would not be surprised that we don’t see him again, which is hard for me to say. I’ve been one of Tiger’s biggest supporters. I’ve been covering the guy since he was a teenager winning U.S. Amateurs, seen him at his height, seen him obviously what he’s been going through now. I’d love to see him with one more tussle with a Jordan Spieth or a Rory McIlroy on a Sunday at a major. I think we all would love to see that. I just don’t think that’s going to happen.”
In 2008, Woods won the U.S. Open. It was his 14th major championship, and he appeared – at the time – on a collision course with Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 major wins.
Now, however, Woods isn’t even in the rear-view mirror. He’s a distant memory.
“If he can play again, great. If he can get in contention at a tournament, great,” Hicks said. “But I think we’re asking a lot if we’re going to see anything beyond that.”
As much as Brandon Tierney would like to see Woods contend for another major, he just wants to see the guy happy. Nicklaus, 77, agrees.
“Jack Nicklaus, when he was asked about it recently, said, ‘It’s about life. It’s about getting his life together. Forget about the golf game,’” Hicks said. “I certainly hope that that happens.”