ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Now more than seven years removed from his last major victory, Tiger Woods still hasn’t given up hope of catching Jack Nicklaus in the major department.
“No, not at all,” he said Tuesday at St. Andrews. “I’m still young. I’m not 40 yet. I know some of you guys think I’m buried and done, but I’m still right here in front of you.”
Even with limited success over the past two years and an under-construction long game, Woods’ performance at The Greenbrier created some optimism that he can make another run at the claret jug. He is a 30-1 favorite to win this week at the Old Course, where he won in both 2000 and 2005. When the Open was last held here, in ’10, he tied for 23rd.
Woods has just one top-10 since his last victory, the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational. He said he experienced a “double dipper” of swing changes and injury, and it resulted in some of the worst performances of his decorated career.
He was asked in his pre-tournament news conference Tuesday whether his recent struggles have led him to contemplate retirement.
“Retirement?” he said. “I don’t have any AARP card yet, so I’m a ways from that.”