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2014 British Open: 5 Reasons Why Tiger Woods’ Major Drought Will Continue

2014 British Open: Reasons Why Tiger Woods' Major Drought Will Continue

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Tiger Woods will play in the 2014 British Open starting Thursday, which will be great for ratings. Three of Tiger’s 14 Major victories have come at the British open. Many people list Tiger as the favorite to hoist the Claret Jug on Sunday, as Phil Mickelson did last year, but it is extremely doubtful that this happens. Here are five reasons why Tiger will not win the 2014 British Open.

5. He No Longer Seems Invincible

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5. He No Longer Seems Invincible

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It may seem like a small thing, but it’s not. There’s something to be said for being able to strike fear into your opponents. When Tiger was at his pinnacle, he was as dominant an athlete as we’ve seen. If Tiger got a lead, the rest of the field didn’t stand a chance. He always had a psychological edge, but that’s gone now. The other players truly believe Tiger is beatable, and they aren’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with him anymore.

4. The Field

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4. The Field

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There were talented golfers when Tiger was at his best, but there are a number of players who are capable of winning the British Open this year. Phil Mickelson won it last year, so he knows he can. Rory McIlroy has struggled at The Open, but he has the talent to win and he scheduled the Scottish Open to get used to the conditions at the British. Tiger will also have to contend with Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer, among others.

3. Putting

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3. Putting

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When Tiger was dominating the PGA Tour and winning at an absurd rate, he was incredible with a putter. He made putts with regularity, including the ever-important the five- and six-foot putts to save par. His putter rarely betrayed him, so he didn’t give away shots on the green. Now, it’s a different story. Tiger is not close to automatic on the greens anymore.

2. The Course

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2. The Course

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The 2014 Open Championship is being played at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake. When Tiger won in 2006, just months after his father passed away, the conditions favored Tiger. He has never been a huge fan of hitting driver, and in 2006 he didn’t have to since the course was dried out and played short. The conditions will be much different this year. The course will play longer, and Tiger won’t get away with keeping his driver in the bag.

1. Age/Surgery

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1. Age/Surgery

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Tiger is 38 and he is coming off of back surgery. The British Open will be just his second tournament since coming back. It is extremely doubtful that both Tiger’s body and game are ready to allow him to win a major, especially one that will probably be in less-than-ideal weather conditions.