Forget the U.S. Open victory by 15 shots, or the career Grand Slam by the age of 24, or the Tiger Slam.
“One thing we forget with Tiger is that he’s been at this game for nearly 20 years now. For any athlete, you’re eventually going to tail off at some point. For Tiger to find consistency, with the latest back injury, it’s tough for him. All these injuries he’s endured in recent times, they all stack up.
“When you look at the stats, he’s been off the course through injury 31 months in the last six years. It’s got to all add up with the wear and tear on the body and the wear and tear on the mind.
“So who knows if Tiger will even win a 15th major, when you think he’s got to beat the likes of Rory McIlroy and people like that. It will be unbelievable if he can win a 15th major, though. I personally think it will be the greatest achievement in his career if he can win a 15th major.”
Woods is 0-for-his-last-19 in the majors, with his most recent result (69th at the Open) representing his worst 72-hole finish in a major. He hasn’t shot in the 60s in a weekend round at a major since the 2011 Masters.
Starting at this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – where he is the defending champion and an eight-time winner – Woods will need to average at least a top-3 finish in his next two starts just to reach the playoffs.
Faldo says Woods’ limited schedule – it’s unclear how much his plan is injury-related – is affecting his performance.
“If I had one true criticism of Tiger,” he said, according to the report, “I’d just love him to play a week and then have a week off to assess it, then come back and do it again. Do that for a couple of months. He talks about playing reps, and saying that is his priority, and then doesn’t play.”