There have been 15 different – and nine consecutive first-time – major winners in the last 15 majors contested. Tiger Woods, a winner of 14 majors, but none since 2008, has an explanation for the trend.
'The (fields) are just getting, as a whole, so much deeper,' Woods said Wednesday on 'Morning Drive.'
'If you look at the cuts, and I think that's something people don't realize, is that the cut used to be – between the leader and the top 70 and ties – was always over double digits. It was 12, 13 shots. Now you're getting 70-plus guys within eight, nine shots of the lead sometimes. That's just phenomenal. The margin is so small out here right now.'
An injection of young talent has made winning more difficult, but one player, Woods said, leads the group.
'There are a bunch of guys, but the head of the whole class has to be Rory (McIlroy),' he said. 'Granted he's struggled of late, but still, he has so much talent and is so good. His playing record has been very consistent over the years.'