Golf: Why Tiger Woods’ Swing Overhaul May Hurt His Game

Golf: Why Tiger Woods Swing Overhaul May Hurt His Game

Will Tiger catch Jack? As this year’s Masters teed off on Thursday morning, what was once an easy question — of course Tiger Woods will break Jack Nicklaus’ record for most wins at major tournaments, 18 — seems harder than ever to answer.

Since Woods won the 2008 U.S. Open in superhero fashion, playing on a broken leg to beat Rocco Mediate in a playoff, he has failed to win a major. A torn anterior cruciate ligament shut down the rest of his 2008 campaign. After Woods came up empty in 2009, and revelations about his numerous extramarital affairs resulted in a tumultuous off-season, he has not won a single tournament. Woods is no longer the world’s top-ranked golfer — he’s now in the seventh place, looking up to Germany’s Martin Kaymer, the world’s No. 1, and five guys he used to regularly crush, like Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald.