The quicker Tiger Woods can win, the better for Woods.
That’s the take of Bernhard Langer with Woods making his 2011 debut this week at the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, Calif.
While momentum’s always worked for Woods, it’s now working against him after a winless year last season.
“I think he will get it back,” Langer said. “I don’t think it will be all that hard. It will be harder if it takes a lot longer. If he shouldn’t win for three or four years, it will get harder, but it shouldn’t take that long. I think he’ll get comfortable with his new golf swing very soon, because he works very hard at it.”
Langer believes comfort and confidence are as important as technique for Woods.
“He might be trying too hard, like many other people,” Langer said. “If you go through a spell like he has, of 12 months of not winning, which he’s never experienced before, it might take a few months to believe again they way he believed before and have that attitude that he should win. But it’s going to happen. The golf will come back.”
Langer, 53, has played against many of the game’s greatest players. Here’s how he ranks Woods when he played against him at the height of Woods’ powers: “I think Tiger at that time was very, very special. I played against Jack [Nicklaus] and met him in the 70s, so he was still very, very good at that point. To me, when Tiger was at his best, he was better than anyone I’ve ever seen. I played against Greg Norman at his best and Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo.'