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O'Meara: Tiger Woods can still add to his Major haul

By Phil Casey

Published 14/07/2015

Tiger Woods has been stuck on 14 Majors for the past seven years
Tiger Woods has been stuck on 14 Majors for the past seven years

Tiger Woods can win another Major championship despite losing some of his "intimidation factor," according to long-time friend Mark O'Meara.

The last of Woods' 14 Major titles to date came in the 2008 US Open and the former World No 1 has struggled badly with his game all season, carding three rounds in the 80s in six events.

However, the 39-year-old did shoot a bogey-free final round of 67 to finish 32nd in the Greenbrier Classic in his last event before this week's Open Championship at St Andrews, where he won by eight shots in 2000 and five shots in 2005.

"Do I think he can win again? I would never underestimate him," said 1998 Open champion O'Meara. "Do I think he has battled? Absolutely, on and off the golf course. We all do. We all have our problems.

"The problem is that he's been away from the game. He hasn't won in a while. I know that. But you give him a sniff of it, and he starts to play a little bit better, he starts to slowly get his confidence.

"But the other issue is these younger players have gotten a lot better too over the last three or four years and maybe the intimidation factor that Tiger had at one time and Jack Nicklaus had in his prime, it's not as great now. That bodes against him.

"But I do believe he can win again. I think he'll win another Major championship. I don't know if he'll catch Jack or not (Nicklaus won a record 18 Majors). Probably not, but if I say that, that'll maybe motivate him to try. We'll have to wait and see."

O'Meara, 58, was speaking at a press conference ahead of his induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame yesterday evening, the 2015 class also including England's Dame Laura Davies, Australia's David Graham and the late AW Tillinghast.

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