Nine-time major winner Gary Player says only the ‘Lord above knows’ if Tiger Woods will ever get back to his best.
The American has struggled for form this year and the 39-year-old followed up a missed cut at the US Open with another in the Open Championship at St Andrews recently.
The 79-time PGA Tour winner is yet to secure a top-10 finish this season, with his best result a tie for 17th at both the Masters in April and the Hero World Golf Challenge at the end of 2014.
The last of Woods’ 14 major victories came in 2008 at the US Open and, having once been tipped to surpass Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 titles, the dreams of obtaining this feat are slipping away.
Player is keeping his fingers crossed that the former world number one is able to find his way back to the top but the South African admits this is in the lap of the gods.
“Tiger Woods, he won the U.S. Open by 15 shots [in 2000],” he said. “He was on the way to breaking every record, he was on his way to being the greatest player that ever lived. Whether he will do that now and fulfil his dream, I don’t know, only the Lord above knows.
“But it’s sad to see him shooting 85 and missing the cuts and not hitting the fairways.”