Nick Faldo, who won British Opens at Muirfield in 1987 and 1992, spoke Thursday about his thoughts regarding Tiger Woods’ chances of capturing a fifteenth major victory. Faldo, who shot an eight-over 79 in his opening round, seemed to doubt that Tiger, the currently number-one ranked player in the world, could win (via Reuters):
I think it may be difficult for Tiger now. Perhaps there is too much happening for him.
All the stuff that went on off the course and his injury problems. Tiger used to be able to make things happen on the course and he has struggled to do that recently.
He has issues with his swing, look at what happened to him today on the first tee? He snap-hooked the ball. That tells me something is not right.
Faldo also spoke about his round and his frustrating finish (he recorded two double bogeys over his last few holes):
The last four greens have gone past the edge, they have gone to glass. You could have a situation that’s getting a little bit silly.
I was going alright until the last few holes. But it was really hard work out there and I just haven’t had time to practice my short game enough.
Today was also Faldo’s 56th birthday.