According to a recent survey of over 50 PGA Tour players, seventy percent of them believe that Tiger Woods will never win another major championship.
The poll conducted by ESPN reveals that players continue to lose faith in the 39-year-old golf legend as he struggles to recover from debilitating back surgery. Their pessimism ticked upward from 2015 when 63% of players thought Tiger would fail in his quest to win another major.
Woods, who owns 14 major Championships including four Masters, will sit out this week’s “tradition unlike no other,” leaving him four behind Jack Nicklaus as the all time major championship leader.
Woods last won a major in 2008 when he defeated Rocco Mediate at the U.S. Open Championship on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff following an 18-hole playoff. His win at Torrey Pines made Tiger one of only two players in PGA history to win the career grand-slam three times. Nicklaus also accomplished the extraordinary feat.
The modern day grand-slam consists of winning all four designated major championships—The Masters, U.S. Open, PGA Championship, and the British Open. Other than Tiger, there are no active players to win all four.
A win for Rory McIlroy this week in Augusta would catapult the Irish golfer into the select group of grand slam winners where he would join Jack and Tiger along with Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, and Gary Player.
The ESPN Poll also asked the players whether they would prefer to win a Major championship or a win an Olympics gold medal this year in Rio de Janeiro. A full 95 percent of them said they would prefer to win a major.
Have the golfers ever seen another tour player cheat? Nearly half (46 percent) said yes. Almost all of those surveyed said taking an illegal drop was the source of the violation.