Just about everyone is familiar with Tiger Woods. He’s one of the most polished golfers of all time and his resume speaks for itself. Woods has won 14 career majors, which ranks second all time behind only Jack Nicklaus, who has 18. Woods has accomplished the career grand slam by winning all four majors and ranks second in most career PGA victories behind Sam Snead.
Unfortunately, Woods has not won a major since 2008.
Then there is Adam Scott. The 33 year old Australian has been golfing longer than most people think. Scott is five years younger than Woods and is hitting his stroke on the back nine of his career. Scott turned professional in 2000 and his struggles showed. From 2000 through 2010, Scott had only one top five finish at a major and missed the cut a mediocre 14 times. Then things changed drastically. From 2011 through 2013, Scott finished in the top five at a major four times with just one missed cut.
Scott won the 2013 Masters Tournament with Woods finishing four strokes back. Scott would go on to place third in the British Open Championship and fifth in the PGA Championship. Woods, on the other hand, wasn’t nearly successful last year.
Woods is still the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, and maybe rightfully so. But the reality is Scott has caught up, maybe even surpassed Woods. Scott is easily the better putter, possibly the best on tour with his short game. Many people don’t like Scott’s putting game because he continues to use a “belly putter.” But what is shocking is, Scott is actually out-driving Woods this year by 11 yards, 298 to 287. Woods’ driving has always been a little out of control (this year it’s 52.86%) but he used to drive the ball 300 plus yards. Scott’s driving accuracy is 61.27%.
Is old age starting to catch up with Woods? Father time is undefeated and at 38 years old time is running out for Woods to catch Nicklaus and his 18 major championships.
Although Scott has been improving, he’s no lock at this year’s Masters. Scott is only a one time major champion with multiple disappointments in his career. There’s no sure favorite here with the world’s best going at it. Competition on the PGA currently is not at an all time high with no clear elite golfer. Woods and Scott may even be paired together. One thing is for sure, this year’s Masters is a must see event.
The 2014 Masters will begin on Thursday, April, 10, in Augusta Georgia.