Tiger Woods, the 15-time major winner, faced disappointment at the U.S. Open this year as he failed to make the cut at Pinehurst No. 2. After two challenging rounds, Woods ended up 7-over, marking the first time in nine years he has missed consecutive major cuts. This setback continues a troubling trend for Woods, who has struggled to perform at the level that once made him a golfing legend.

Consecutive Major Misses a Rare Occurrence for Woods

Woods’ current predicament echoes back to 2015 when he missed three consecutive major cuts following a tied 17th finish at The Masters. His recent performances have been far from his illustrious past, as he finished 60th at the Masters in April and failed to make the cut at the PGA Championship last month. Since his triumphant victory at the Masters in 2019, Woods has not finished within the top 20 in any of the 13 majors he has competed in, the longest such streak in his career.

Historical Context: A Decline in Major Performance

From 1997 to 2012, Woods maintained an extraordinary record, never finishing outside the top 20 in three consecutive majors and only failing to do so in back-to-back majors on four occasions. However, between the 2013 PGA Championship and the 2018 U.S. Open, Woods’ best finish was a tie for 17th at Augusta. A brief resurgence followed, with notable finishes such as sixth place at the Open Championship and second at the PGA Championship, culminating in his 15th major win at The Masters.

               Tiger Woods and his caddie Lance Bennett on the first hole during the second round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Despite the brief resurgence, Woods has struggled significantly in recent years. In his last 25 majors, he has only achieved four top 20 finishes. At the U.S. Open, Woods began with promise, birdieing his first hole, but he bogeyed half of his final 12 holes on Thursday, resulting in a 4-over 74. His second round showed brief hope with a birdie on the fourth hole, but he ended the day with a 73, falling short of the cut.

Woods’ recent track record in major tournaments underscores a broader issue: consistency. Despite a historic career filled with unprecedented achievements, the last several years have seen a marked decline in his performance during majors. His struggle to finish inside the top 20 consistently raises concerns about his competitiveness in future events.

Future Prospects for Woods

As Tiger Woods approaches his 49th birthday, questions arise about his future in major tournaments. While his resilience and dedication to the sport are unquestionable, the physical demands and competition level pose significant challenges. Fans and analysts alike continue to speculate on whether Woods can regain his form or if his recent struggles will mark the twilight of his extraordinary career.

Tiger Woods remains an iconic figure in golf, his influence and contributions to the sport unparalleled. However, his recent performances at majors, particularly the U.S. Open, suggest that he faces an uphill battle to return to his former glory. As he continues to recover and adapt, the golfing world watches closely, hoping for glimpses of the brilliance that defined his career.