Paul Azinger believes Tiger Woods could struggle to "ever win anything again" on the eve of this week's Open Championship where the 15-time major champion bids to win his fourth Claret Jug.
“I am not quite as high on Tiger as I was before he won the Masters because of the mountain-top experience,’’ said Azinger, who will commentate for NBC and Golf Channel at Royal Portrush this week.
“I’m never going to count Tiger out of the majors. He won the Masters. [But] it felt like it made him too content. It’s the most content I’ve ever seen him. Tiger has never looked satisfied.
“Don’t get me wrong, he’s [been] happy in the moment, celebrating big shots. But the next day, he’s moving on. This Masters, he’s not moving on yet. That was such a mountain-top experience, I think it’s going to be hard for Tiger to ever win anything again.”
Woods has only played in three tournaments since winning his 15th career major at The Masters in April.
He failed to make the cut at the US PGA Championship, finished tied 21st at the US Open and then improved for a tie for ninth at The Memorial.
“[Tiger’s Masters win] was almost like the cherry on top of the cake,” added Azinger. “That’s what it looks like, what it felt like. I hope it’s not the cherry on top of the cake.’’
Former victorious European Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley, who commentates for Sky Sports Golf, was also in agreement with Azinger.
"I wouldn’t rush to put any money on Tiger Woods," McGinley wrote in a column for the Sunday Times.
"I don’t understand what’s going on with the Masters champion. Since April, he has entered just one tournament outside the majors — the Memorial in late May. That is bizarre.
"There must be something physically amiss we don’t know about because even in the zenith of his career 20 years ago he couldn’t have expected to contend for the big championships with so few competitive rounds under his belt."