South African golfing legend Gary Player has suggested he could fix Tiger Woods in an hour after the American was again well below his best to miss the cut at the British Open.
Woods backed up his opening round 76 with a three-over-75 to finish at seven-over-par, seven shots back of the projected cut line at St Andrews.
“The golf course wasn’t playing that hard. I just didn’t get much out of any of the two rounds,” Woods said.
“I felt like I was playing well enough to win this event (coming in).
“On the very first hole on the first day, I fat a sand wedge in the water.
“I fatted my 3-iron off the tee, and then I fatted my 8-iron into the green on 2, drove it in a divot there on 4.
“It was just one thing after another. I had my opportunities, I just didn’t get the ball close enough, and then when I did, I didn’t make them.”
The 14-time major champion has now missed the cut in three of his last four majors, and in back-to-back majors for the first time.
The man is a shadow of his former self, having not won a major since 2008 or a tournament since the 2013 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational.
It prompted nine-time major winner Player to speak out.
The South African was forthright when speaking to the BBC during a wind delay saying, “give me an hour with Tiger and I could fix his life.”
He then added Woods could have easily beaten Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 major championships had he not tinkered with his swing throughout his career.
“If he never had another lesson after he won the US Open at Pebble Beach in 2000 by 15 shots… he would have won 20 to 22 to 24 majors,” Player said.
But Woods has no plans to once again go back to the drawing board despite his struggles since changing to current coach Chris Como, his fourth major coach.
“Keep going. Keep going forward,” he said when asked where to from here.
“I play in a couple weeks in DC, so looking forward to playing the Quicken Loans, and hopefully win that event so I can get into a place that I know very well (Bridgestone Invitational).
“It’s frustrating, there’s no doubt, because I’m not making those runs.
“To win major championships, I’ve always thought you needed to have two good nine-hole stretches. They don’t have to be in the same day, but you’ve got to have a nice run in there, and I haven’t done that at all.”