Nick Faldo: Sex scandal damaged Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is still one of the better golfers in the world, but he hasn’t won a major since enduring his public sex scandal three years ago. Before his scandal and injuries, it looked like a lock that he would beat Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 career majors. Now it would be a stretch to say that Tiger, who has 14 career majors, will break the record.

Commentator Nick Faldo, who won six majors, doesn’t think Tiger will reach Nicklaus’ mark.

“I think it’s slim. I would lean towards no,” Faldo said when asked on BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek. “It has been four years since he last won at the US Open.”

Faldo specifically mentioned the sex scandal and how he thinks it hurt Woods psychologically.

“(The revelations) have done more damage than people would give them credit for,” Faldo said.

“It’s wrecked that wonderful tranquility you get of going to a golf course, tipping out a bag of balls and hitting them from 9-5 and just thinking of golf.

“When you’re a golfer that is great. But now… He has shattered that peace. He won’t get that back. Once you lose that concentration and that ability to become completely engrossed in your golf… then slowly things have changed for him. His swing… physically, technically, mentally, karma… it’s a harder climb right now. Sure, he could come back and do things, but he won’t be dominant like he was.”

Woods has won three tournaments this year, and he finished third at the British Open. He’s nowhere near a lost cause, he’s just not what he was.

Faldo also believes that age has caught up with the 36-year-old.

“As you get older in this game, the little demons start to sit on your shoulders because you have seen one too many bad shots at the wrong time and it starts to eat away at you and I think he has a little bit of that going on.”

Nike likely saw the same thing, which is why they spent millions to bring Rory McIlroy aboard as their new central figure.

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  • Sylvia Richardson

    Nick Faldo is no one to talk about Tiger’s sex scandal because he is no prize himself when it comes to fidelity. Just check Wikipedia and you will see how many times he has been divorced because of cheating, One of his girlfriends, Brenna Cepelak, even battered his Porsche with a golf club when he decided to leave her for another woman. If Tiger never wins another Major, he can say that he surpassed every record that Nick Faldo set in a much shorter time frame. Sometimes, I wonder if it is jealousy that spurs the various pundits to voice their opinions about Tiger. At some point in the future, Rory might match Tiger’s records or even surpass them but, right now, there is only one man that Tiger has to look up to, and that man is Jack Nicklaus. – period! So, Faldo should just shut up, because he or no one else but God knows what the future holds for Tiger or anyone else!

  • 5for5

     Actually, Nick is doing his job, well….and Tiger is not doing his job at the moment. Nick’s job is to give his take on things golf related…done. And Tiger’s job is to, in his own words, win majors…fail!

    And there’s nothing in here that says Nick is a better golfer, now or historically, than Tiger Woods. All parties will agree that that’s not the case.

  • ultrabubba

    Sylvia…..it appears your feeling were hurt. Faldo is quite correct in his assessment of Woods and his performance….get off the tiger bus and get a dose of reality….Nick is doing his job…..what he writes or says about any golfer let alone the great woods….has absolutely nothing to do with his past….or for that matter, his future….

  • anyman1

    all of his problems came shortly after his dad’s passing. Just like a college kid the first time away from home, he got a taste and went crazy

  • http://twitter.com/AjanakuJ Maia Ajanaku-Locke

    I’ve said it many times. Tiger Woods needs to learn how to shut the world out when he’s playing golf. LeBron James and the Heat did it. Tiger can do it. It’s called sequestration. Cut the TV off: no sports or news chanels, no news papers. Cut the cell phone off. Cut off friends with the he, she, it and they said. Cut off all outside opinions during, before, leading up to golf season and just do what he does best, play golf. He should read “The Creed of the Conquering Chief” and “The Hunger Games” in that order. He should let these two pieces of literature be his only source of entertainment.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HFYP5Z7KTJHDF2T4OLJSXO3XU BCR

    It’s so easy to arm chair quaterback years after – who cares just f’ing play

  • bigdog8

    For anyone who has followed golf over the last 15 years, Nick Faldo has always been jealous and envious of Tiger Woods. Tiger got in a jam and like any champion he will dig himself out. He won a few PGA tournaments last year and is ranked in the top 10 in the world. And I understand that karma and public opinion has gone against Tiger. And he deserved to flop. But Tiger was in a cage since he was 5 and unfortunatly went thru his rebel phase late in life after his Father died. But the tide will turn and when it does, the genius of Tiger Woods will shine all over Nick Faldo, and he will be left with his jaw wide open and nothing to say.

  • bigdog8

    Exactly …read my comment below…Bigdog8

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UOQCPTLKCVQ4T5W6GCP2UFKOUU King Freddie

    Shut up idiot.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IEJSNM5DRE4H5R7TR7PBLAKBYA Chris

    You insignificant little flea – Faldo did not say anything specific about Tigers lying cheating self – it was all about golf.
    Don’t put your take on what he said and cast stones – reread it and repost an apology you lowlife scum

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XA2YNMXZNAC7ZP6KTLF6TDWPZQ MarcusW

    Whiteman jealous as usual couldnt wait till Tiger found himself in a rut..

  • bigmac12

    When I saw tiger win his last US Open on one good knee I knew then what all you tiger hater was that he is the best and just because he is coming off of some major changes and swings means nothing. He is still one of the most dominated golfers in the world! As for Faldo comments he couldn,t carry wods jock strap let alone understand his level of golf. As with the rest of you duffer and keyboard warriors!

  • hal hannon

    Nick is correct and also generous.  He did not mention the edge that the adulation brought to Tiger’s performances.  The absence of that adulation plays on the mind and the mind is at least 80 percent of the game.  Tiger can no longer believe in his greatness because the public has taken him down a notch, and if Tiger is about anything, he is about ego.  Tiger is searching, but he will not find that which he is looking for until he can find self respect to replace that adulation.  That’s my slant, and although I am no Tiger, I used to average three under on a few pretty good courses in Southern California and designed putters for a living.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    I know that the sex scandal hurt Tiger but some of these other athletes or retired athletes whatever i think they act too smart. I mean i’m not a golfer and i don’t know alot about golf, but everybody got problems, that’s why I think Nick could learn to keep his mouth shut. You’re not God to be saying who can bounce back and who can’t. You’re just a human being like any other.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    nick is correct and also generous? i think you soun pathetic

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2KT6TGVDLC37EG5NKJZFZVOPWA Todd

    Nick Faldo is just answering someone’s question as to his take on wether or not Tiger will break Jack’s record, nothing more or nothing less.  You clowns can’t or shouldn’t bring his sex life into question as it has nothing to do with the question.  As for Tiger breaking Jack’s records in the majors good luck!  Jack has 18 majors and 19 second place finishes in the majors.  That means someone like Tom Watson chipped one in or someone made a really long putt to beat him by one.  Do you people know about golf or just spout off at the mouth!
    Tiger has 14 majors and only 3 second place finishes, not even close to Jack’s record!
    Another point you people are missing on this subject, Tiger has missed more 4 or 5 foot putts in the past few years than he has ever missed since he started golfing!  That alone can mean the difference in winning or being an also ran.
    As long as we are comparing players how about Jack’s 150 plus wins on the pga and all other tours, Tiger has about 107, again not even close!  Talk to me when Tiger has beaten all of Jack’s records or even comes close, until then put a cork in it! 
    This isn’t white man being jealous or anything else, just look at the records and then come and talk to me.  Also, Tiger’s relationships off the course, him being curt with the media, etc is ridiculous!  Jack has been a true gentleman and great representative of the game, and maybe second only to the great Arnold Palmer.