Donald says Tiger's domination over, 'new era is upon us'


If Tiger Woods fails to win the Open or the Australian Open, the 14-time major winner will have gone two calendar years without a victory anywhere in the world. While it's a stunning stat, the crop of players that has developed to collectively replace Woods appears to be growing.

For that reason, Luke Donald told the that the Woods era is done.

“When you get that combination of injury plus the scandal that went on, mentally that’s quite scarring,” Donald was quoted as saying. “It’s a lot to take, even for someone with one of the strongest minds in golf. It’s a confidence sport.”

Donald, who has been No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking since winning the BMW PGA Championship in May, made his point referencing 2011 major champions in their 20s who seem poised to accomplish even more in the future.

“Even though Tiger’s only 35, there are a lot of young guys coming up – Rory McIlroy and Keegan Bradley and a bunch of others. I would assume a new era is upon us.”